Prepare for the UCAT with our pre-med course

The UCAT, or University Clinical Aptitude Test (formerly known as the UKCAT) is an admissions test used by universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Alongside the BMAT, the UCAT test is used to assess the aptitude of applicants to medical and dental degree programmes.

Applicants will need to display good logical reasoning and critical thinking skills, with the test comprised of five distinct sections.

The UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test which assess a range of mental abilities identified by university medical and dental schools as important. It consists of five separately timed subtests which each contain a number of questions in a multiple-choice format:

Section one is Verbal Reasoning, which assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form (44 questions).

Section two is Decision Making, which assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information (29 questions).

Section three is Quantitative Reasoning, which assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form (36 questions).

Section four is Abstract Reasoning, which assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information (55 questions).

Section five is Situational Judgement, which measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them. (69 questions).

In terms of scoring, The UCAT is marked on the number of correct answers you give. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. Your performance on one question does not influence which other questions are presented.

As the number of questions varies between the four cognitive subtests it is not possible to make a direct comparison of the raw marks between these subtests. Raw marks are therefore converted to scale scores that share a common range from 300 to 900.

A total scale score is generated by summing the individual scale scores of Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning. In 2019 a total scale score ranges from 1200 to 3600.

How London Medical Academy can prepare you for the UCAT

Our experienced team have developed our pre-med course which has a dedicated section that is specifically designed to prepare you for your UCAT, by familiarising you with the required content of the test, coaching you on past papers, and preparing you for time pressure – all with the aim of boosting your UCAT score.

If you’re applying to a medical school which requires a UCAT, our pre-med course is here to make sure you feel confident and prepared for this important step in your medical education. Our experienced lecturers prepare you for the knowledge-based sections of the exam, as well as giving you the experience needed to deliver high-quality answers in the written section. By delivering our pre-med course in smaller class groups, we’re able to give you the personal attention needed to ensure you’re fully prepared with the necessary skills.

The numerous test simulations will also assist our students in practising efficient time management skills, so they are easily able to allocate their time effectively during the actual exam.


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