Preparing for the UCAT
The UCAT Consortium believes that all candidates should have access to free preparation materials to support their test preparation.
The resources and advice below have been produced by UCAT using feedback from previous high-scoring candidates. We recommend you prepare for the UCAT using these free official practice materials.
We also provide a number of useful Resources for Teachers and Advisers wishing to inform their students about the UCAT. You can find this on our Teacher and Adviser Resources page.
Commercial Preparation Materials
There are many commercial companies publishing books and offering coaching for our tests; the UCAT Consortium does not work with any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials. Taking advantage of these opportunities can cost candidates a great deal of money and we would advise you to be sceptical about claims they can help you do well in the test by coaching.
Commercial organisations will be using questions that are not necessarily of the standard you will encounter in the UCAT and this may distort your performance whilst practising. Screen views may be different and commercial organisations are unlikely to include the new question types, which you may encounter in your test. They may also not replicate the UCAT scoring and banding accurately and may give misleading indicators of your anticipated UCAT score.
There is also lots of advice available for free on the web regarding approaches to the test and many sources of free practice questions. However, unless the material has been published very recently it is unlikely to include the correct test content.
We therefore strongly advise candidates to use the official practice materials on our website, and to be cautious about using resources from any commercial providers, as these are not affiliated with UCAT in any way.