I put together this blog post about the UCAT (then called the UKCAT) a couple of years ago. That post should be a good starting point for you as it covers common UCAT queries, things to know about it before starting prep and also 3 ways you can kickstart your preparation.

I bought a couple of UCAT question books when I was applying, but in hindsight that really wasn’t helpful with the actual preparation. The ISC medical book was the main hardcopy book I used (and I know a lot of students tend to use to), but the questions in there are really hard, much harder than the actual UCAT.

One of the first things to realise about the UCAT is that it’s a test that’s examining you on speed as opposed to ability to work through a question properly. It’s for that reason it’s important that you make that your focus when practising. There are lots of online question banks you can use: Medic portal, Medify, UCAT Ninja. The UCAT website also has some mock tests for you to try. A lot of these question banks offer a free sample so you can work through lots of free samples if you want or you can use one and buy a subscription to work through. Whatever you choose to do, I think online question banks and timed practise with them is the way to go!


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