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THE UKCAT: AN OVERVIEW

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Do you want to know more about the UCKAT? Well this blog is for you. Doctor To Be will be running a UKCAT and personal statement courses across the UK this July.UKCAT stands for United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test. In a nutshell the UKCAT is a test which lasts for 2 hours and is split into 5 different sections. Many people including the geeks at Doctor To Be feel UKCAT is the first real step in obtaining entry to medical school and becoming a doctor.

There is a fee for the test ranging from £65 to £100 (for international students)and its cheaper the earlier you book and sit the test. Given that the UKCAT is the first step in determining your future try not to be put off by the charge.

There are many aids to help prepare you for the UKCAT including books and courses and these will be addressed later on in the blog. For now lets concentrate on the constituents of the UKCAT.

The first section is verbal reasoning. This is 44 questions and lasts 22 minutes. So 30 seconds per question. The best way to think of the verbal reasoning component of the UKCAT is that it is similar to a school comprehension. You will be asked questions about a large of volume of writing that you will need to interpret. On the Doctor To Be UKCAT course we teach methods how to quickly scan and analyse the information given so that 30 seconds is plenty of time to answer the question.

The next section of the UKCAT is Decision Making. This is 29 questions in 32 minutes. This is a news section and was piloted in 2016.As such books/courses will NOT cover this in their UKCAT prep. Luckily the Doctor To Be team are on hand and they have it covered in their course. Essentially its all about problem solving and risk management. We would advise you don’t take the risk and instead you attend our course.

Quantitative reasoning is the next section of the UKCAT. 36 questions in 25 minutes is not a lot for this numerical challenge. Practice practice and practice is the key to this part. Its nothing you haven’t done before but can be tricky if you’re a bit out of touch. Again our course/personal tuition covers this is depth.

Now comes Abstract Reasoning.  55 questions in 14 minutes is what demoralises most students and what they often do the worst on. This part of the UKCAT is like nothing you will have done before. It involves shapes and lines and diagrams and colours. It is as sounds incredibly abstract. Many people struggle on this section. The saving grace is that those who attended a UKCAT course found it easier than those who didn’t.

The last section of the UKCAT is Situational Judgement. This is marked separately to the other 4 sections. It assesses what you would do in certain situations. Situational Judgement is becoming increasingly common in postgraduate exams also but generally a bit of common sense and some coaching and most students do fine in this part of the UKCAT.

Preparation is the Key to succeeding in the UKCAT. There are many books and courses out there but beware not all are up to date and include the decision making section. Naturally at Doctor To Be we would recommend our own course. Not just because we know it’s the best UKCAT course out there but also because we believe it offers value for money. We combine it with a personal statement course so a full day looking at hints, tips and previous example to ensure that you are taught techniques to succeed rather than given verbatim information. Our reviews speak for themselves.

So that’s it for this blog but check out the Doctor To Be website for more blogs and upto date information on the UKCAT, UKCAT course, personal statement and medical interview to maximise your chances. We wish you the best of luck.

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