Preparation Advice and Resources

We advise you to prepare for the UCAT using the free official practice materials which have been developed by the UCAT Consortium.  We believe that all everyone should have access to free preparation materials to support their test preparation.  The resources and advice below have been produced by ourselves using feedback from previous high-scoring candidates.

We recommend you start by looking at the UCAT Preparation Plan video which provides a suggested approach and timetable for preparing for your test.  

Please also read the essential Practice Tips before you go any further with your preparation.  These relate to important test features such as the onscreen calculator, keyboard shortcuts and note taking, and you should be familiar with this information before sitting your test.

You can now start your preparation using the resources below, we recommend you view these resources before moving on to the Practice Tests.

TOUR TUTORIAL

This tutorial illustrates all the functions used in our computer-based test including how to answer questions, call the calculator, move from screen to screen, and also how to utilise the flag and review function.

CANDIDATE GUIDES

Guides for sitting the UCAT at a test centre or the UCAT Online at home are now available.  These provide candidates with detailed guidance on each option available and will help candidates make an informed decision about how they wish to sit the test this year. 

Important note - this information is currently being updated for 2021.

UCAT YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The official UCAT YouTube channel has a number of videos to support preparation. High-scoring, former UCAT candidates share advice on their preparations for the test, plus a selection of University Admissions Tutors share their thoughts on the use of the test. There are also videos showing what to expect in a Pearson VUE test centre and a playlist of videos from our member universities.

QUESTION TUTORIAL

This interactive tutorial includes advice on how to approach the test, an overview of each of the different question types within the UCAT, as well as giving useful strategies on how to approach and answer questions in all five subtests.

2021 UCAT PRESENTATION

Schools/Colleges can use our 2021 Presentation for advising prospective candidates about the 2021 UCAT or running a UCAT overview session at their own institution, however please be advised that due to the COVID-19 situation this information is subject to change

CANDIDATE ADVICE

You can also read helpful advice from past high-scoring candidates on our Candidate Advice Page and also on our Instagram @ucatofficial.

 

MORE QUESTIONS ON INSTAGRAM

The UCAT Team are on Instagram @ucatofficial and Twitter @ucatofficial - follow us to get more FREE practice questions and answers every week, plus lots of extra advice, top tips and reminders throughout the test cycle.

Resources for Teachers and Advisors

We have also produced a UCAT 2021 Information leaflet that schools, colleges, universities, and Widening Participation organisations can share with their students / applicants. 

 

Commercial Preparation Materials

Candidates should be aware that whilst 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, test questions, etc. 

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.

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UCAT Preparation Plan

This short video is our official advice about how best to go about preparing to sit the UCAT.