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personal statements for UKCAT

UKCAT and the personal statement course for just £99.

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is an assessment that most UK medical schools use as part of their admissions selection process. Your UKCAT score will determine if your personal statement is reviewed or rejected.

The test lasts two hours and covers verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement.

During our UKCAT course we analyse lots of sample questions. Our approach is different – we won't teach you the answers, we will teach you the principles on how to answer any question, so you won't be caught out!

What is the UKCAT?

UKCAT is short for United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test. It is a multiple choice test used in the selection process for the majority of UK medical and dental schools. It helps to distinguish candidates applying for these highly selective and highly competitive courses.
It was introduced in 2006 and since then more and more sections have been added. The questions are regularly reviewed and updated. As such UKCAT preparation books can become out of date fairly quickly.
It currently consists of 5 sections which are described further below.

When can I apply for the UKCAT?

For 2018 entry into medical school you need to take the test in 2017. egistration opens on the 2nd May and closes on the 19th September. You must register before you can take the test.
The test can be taken anytime from 3rd July until 3rd October. If the test is taken before 31st August it costs £65 and after this date it costs £80. (Unless not taken within the EU). We have found that students taking the test prior to 31st August score higher. This is probably because they don’t have the added pressures of schoolwork and writing the personal statement.

Where do I sit the test?

The test is sat at Pearson Vue centres which can be found in most towns and cities across the UK

What kind of questions will be asked?

The test is divided into 5 subsections;
1. Verbal Reasoning – Assesses your ability to interpret and understand written information. Similar to school comprehensions.
2. Decision Making – Assesses ability to make judgement and draw conclusions from complex information. Note: this section was not marked in 2016
3. Quantitative Reasoning – Assesses your ability to solve numerical problems. Such as working out percentages and percent reductions.
4. Abstract Reasoning – Assesses your ability to infer relationships from information by convergent and divergent thinking. Usually involves shapes and colours to state which picture belongs to which sequence.
5. Situational Judgement – Assesses your understanding of the real world and what you would do in certain circumstances.

How long is the test?

The total time of the assessment is 120 minutes and this is broken down into the following.
Verbal Reasoning – 22 minutes (44 questions)
Decision Making – 32 minutes (29 questions)
Quantitative Reasoning – 25 minutes (36 questions)
Abstract Reasoning – 14 minutes (55 questions)
Situational Judgement – 27 minutes (69 questions).

When do I find out my results?

You get results in the form of a report as soon as you finish the test.
Your results are automatically sent to your chosen university electronically.
You will receive 2 results;
1. A score between 900 – 2700 This is a combined score for Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning.
2. A band (1-4). This is situational judgement with band 1 being the highest and band 4 being the lowest.

How are the results used?

Universities use the UKCAT to differentiate candidates in varying ways. Some institutions will set a minimum cut off score and will only interview candidates scoring higher than that score. Other universities will invite you to interview regardless of your score but will then add your UKCAT score to your interview score to give you an overall score where as other medical schools may only look at your score if you are a borderline candidate in the interview process.

How can Doctor To Be help you with the UKCAT?

Doctor To be has been helping students prepare for the UKCAT since 2009. To date we have tutored 424 students with their UKCAT and have had phenomenal success.
Our tutoring is in the form of an intensive 1 day course that covers both your personal statement and UKCAT. Unlike other course providers we do not just bombard our students with endless questions without any time for answers.Our approach is different. We take you through questions, explain the answers and teach you the techniques and strategies that can be employed to answer any UKCAT question. We teach you how to spot patterns and quickly eliminate answers. With our help you will understand the question being asked so even if you haven’t seen a similar question before you can apply the Doctor To Be technique and arrive at a logical and correct answer. We will provide you with the understanding and confidence needed to ace the UKCAT!