UCAT Exam Success: Step-By-Step

Learn How We Can Help You Conquer Each Section!

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning is known to be the lowest-scoring section of the UCAT. Its time limit makes comprehension difficult, but our team has developed an approach that helps students score higher - the mental mapping strategy. It gives you an edge over others by allowing you to comprehend text in a limited amount of time more effectively. If you're using a UCAT practice bank like Medify's, bear in mind it does not have the same level of difficulty as the official exam for Verbal Reasoning. Its verbal reasoning passages rely heavily on Wikipedia and lack the difficulty in the language needed to replicate the official UCAT exam. Our question bank provides nuanced passages and detailed explanations, including full mental maps. Put your skills to the test and get ahead with our VR strategy!

Decision Making

With over 15 question types, you need to be prepared, so our UCAT course provides four hours of dedicated tuition with strategies tailored to each type. For example, we will give you tips on how to recognise the four types of probability questions within 5 seconds, as well as the fastest approach to solving them. We will also teach you two different methods for logic puzzles and more for probability questions - from mind mapping to equation approaches - so even if maths isn't your strong suit, drawing methodical tables and diagrams can help you quickly identify patterns and arrive at the correct answer. Let us show you how to use techniques and tricks that will help you ace this section with flair - so you can transform yourself into a UCAT superstar!

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning is often referred to as the Maths section of the exam but it's more about problem-solving: extracting data, interpreting wordy questions, converting English into logic/algebra, and finding efficient methods. We teach you question-type recognition in 5 seconds or less, plus strategies for accurate estimation and timing. Many UCAT question banks have QR questions that can be solved in one single step. However, the official exam often presents you with 3 to 4-step questions. Our QR question bank is designed to replicate the difficulty level of official exams by including multi-step questions. We don't expect students to do all 4 steps within the time - instead, we focus on teaching you how to recognise which questions can be skipped within 5 seconds or less! Forget your wish for a miracle - take your UCAT preparation to the next level with our tried and tested MSAG methods!

Abstract Reasoning

The Abstract Reasoning section of the UCAT is the section where we see the fastest improvement in our students. The shapes are farthest from anything you may have studied in class and can feel intimidating at first. When you realise you have 15 seconds per question, the intimidation can reach high proportions. The most important part of our teaching here is our approach. Mnemonics are good not to forget anything, but always approaching a question with the same mnemonic can mean that you are not starting with the obvious, costing you precious time. Our blended approach of using mnemonic and critical tips to recognise common patterns fast sets you up to excel in Abstract Reasoning. We take the challenge to make this initially stressful section feel fun for you!

Situational Judgement Test

The Situational Judgement section has gained weight in importance over the last few years. Many medical schools now have selection algorithms that strongly prefer students who achieve a band 1 in the SJT. For example, the University of Manchester gives a solid preference for SJT bands 1 and 2, while other schools like King’s Medical School give a strong preference for SJT band 1. The most considerable confusion we see in students here is the definition of the answer options. As a medic, you will often be in situations requiring judgment, but the Situational Judgement test is not asking how you would deal with something in real life. Instead, it is asking what the right thing to do according to the GMC guidelines is. Think of the “Duties of a Doctor” as your SJT workbook. We help students understand exactly what makes the difference between “appropriate” and “very appropriate” in the eyes of the UCAT, or the difference between “somewhat important” and “not important”. Once those definitions have been clarified with several examples and applied to scenarios where applicants can feel sure about their answers, the SJT section becomes “easy”.