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I have just completed UCAT 2021! What a relief to have it done. There were no surprises and I felt well prepared thanks to MedEntry’s UCAT preparation. Here’s how the day went:

Arrival and registration

I sat UCAT in a morning session. My confirmation email from Pearson VUE said that I should arrive at least 30 minutes before my UCAT testing appointment, which I did. The building was well signed and when I arrived there were already some other UCAT candidates sitting in the waiting area. I was asked to have a seat and read through some UCAT test instructions.

After a few minutes I was called into a room to register for UCAT. I was asked to provide my ID, and my photograph and digital signature were taken. I was given a locker to place all my belongings in, and I was asked to empty my pockets.

I was given a noteboard which was very similar to the one I had received at my MedEntry workshop, and two marker pens which were identical to the ones given to me by MedEntry – this was immensely reassuring! I tested the UCAT marker pens to check that they were working. I was also given some disposable foam earplugs.

I was told that if I needed to go to the bathroom, the clock would keep running, and that if I needed anything I should raise my hand. The test supervisors were really nice and friendly. I was then led into the UCAT testing room. I realised after that I should have asked to go to the bathroom before entering the room! 

Sitting the UCAT test

There were about five other people in the room who had already begun sitting their UCAT test. I was led to a testing station which had a desktop computer, keyboard and mouse. I spent a minute or so getting my station ready – arranging the noteboard, marker pens, keyboard and mouse, and adjusting my chair.

I was asked to confirm that my name displayed on the screen was correct, then my UCAT test was loaded up. I took a couple of deep breaths, said a little mantra to myself (like was recommended by MedEntry) and then clicked Start.

The UCAT Verbal Reasoning section began with a bang. The questions were very similar in style and difficulty to what I had been used to on MedEntry’s platform. UCAT Decision Making was also similar, and all the usual question types appeared. UCAT Quantitative Reasoning was reasonably challenging, but probably a bit easier than MedEntry’s questions. UCAT Abstract Reasoning has always been my weakest section but I think I did ok. UCAT Situational Judgement was very similar to MedEntry, and I feel like I did well.

There was one new type of question that I had been warned about from reading MedEntry’s Pre-UCAT Guide, where there were only two options instead of the usual four options. I had also seen these questions when working through the UCAT Official resources. I used the same approach as I normally would for UCAT Situational Judgement questions.

I really liked the earplugs as they helped me to concentrate and avoid getting distracted (for example when people were entering / leaving the room and when the UCAT test supervisor was cleaning the used computers). I had practiced sitting a few UCAT exams with a mask (as MedEntry had suggested) which helped it feel more familiar on the day.

Overall, I thought it was a fair UCAT test and there were no surprises. It felt very similar to the other MedEntry exams I had completed. Despite that I was still exhausted by the end and busting for the loo!

Leaving the UCAT test

When the test finished I raised my hand and a supervisor came over straight away. I had to sign out, return the UCAT noteboard and marker pens, and collect my belongings. As I was leaving I saw the next round of UCAT candidates in the waiting room.

Almost exactly an hour after finishing my UCAT test I received an email from Pearson VUE stating that my UCAT Score Report was available. With great trepidation I logged in and opened my results… and I was really happy! My UCAT score was better than what I had been getting on MedEntry’s platform, so I was really pleased. Fingers crossed I get some interview offers. But for now, it’s time to celebrate the UCAT test being over!

Note: this is one student's experience of the UCAT test. As testing centres and UCAT tests vary, your own experience may be slightly different.

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