UCAT Preparation Plan
You can begin by looking at the UCAT Preparation Plan video above which provides a suggested approach and timetable for preparing for your test.
This Preparation Plan is also available to download and print.
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 viewing the preparation tools on this page before moving onto the Question Banks and Practice Tests.
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.
These tutorials include general advice on how to approach the test as well as giving an overview of each of the different subtests within the UCAT.
Each in-depth tutorial includes tips and strategies on how to approach and answer each of the different question types within all five subtests.
Please read about the Test Tools available to all candidates before you go any further with your preparation. These relate to important test features such as the onscreen calculator, keyboard shortcuts and note taking. You should be familiar with this information before sitting your test, as these can save you valuable time on your test day.
You can read helpful advice from past test-takers on our Candidate Advice page where some of our highest-scoring candidates from previous years share their tips on how they prepared for the test.
The official UCAT YouTube channel has a number of videos to support your preparation. You can find information from the UCAT Team, hear from high-scoring, former candidates on their preparations for the test, plus a selection of University Admissions Tutors share their thoughts on the use of the test.
These example questions and practice tests are produced by the UCAT Consortium and are representative of the live test. We recommend you use these official materials to prepare for your test.
These resources are currently being updated for 2023, please check back in March for new details, or organisations requiring any resources or advice can email the UCAT Office.
When should I talk to my students about the UCAT?
We recommend schools inform students, who may be considering applying to Medicine or Dentistry, before the end of Year 12 (UK) or S5 (Scotland) so that they have sufficient time to prepare for and sit the test before returning to school in September (Year 13 UK, S6 Scotland) and can then focus on their UCAS applications.
What materials are available to help with this?
Schools and colleges can use our UCAT 2023 Presentation for advising prospective candidates about the 2023 UCAT or for running a UCAT overview session at their own institution. This can be downloaded as a PowerPoint slideshow for you to deliver, or is also available as video with voiceover.
You can also direct your students to the UCAT 2022 Official Guide (2023 Official Guide will be published May 2023).
UCAT 2023 Schools Poster