You do not have to wait until your exam is around the corner before you start preparing for the UKCAT. I recommend start improving your reasoning skills right away with one or more of the resources below. The best part is that they are free!
1. The Official UKCAT Website (www.ukcat.ac.uk)
The official UKCAT website has a ton of helpful information and resources to help you prepare for the exam, it includes a candidate preparation toolkit, practice tests and questions. I recommend starting your UKCAT preparation with the resources provided on their website. Start researching on the exam and the UKCAT score required by your choices, do no wait until next summer.
2. The Official UKCAT Mobile App (Download on Apple or Google App Store)
This is a very helpful app to prepare for the UKCAT. I recommend adjusting the settings so that you are prompted to attempt one question a day. You can choose to pick a specific subtest or a random section. I recommend downloading the app straightway! You can start preparing for the UKCAT months ahead.
3. The UKCAT BLOG
The UKCAT Blog contains helpful advice, tips and strategies for preparing for each section of the exam. The blog also provides helpful tips to help boost your UCAS application and prepare for medical school interview. Subscribe to receive exclusive tips and the latest deals on courses and seminars.
4. Free Online Practice Tests
There are tons of companies offering free practice tests on the UKCAT. You can just do a Google search and pick one. I recommend attempting one test per week to warm yourself up for when your exam is approaching close.
It is worth having a look at Youtube videos by previous applicants, offering helpful tips, reviews and more on preparing for the UKCAT. You could watch one video per week to get more insight into preparing for the exam, learn from their experience and prepare more effectively for the exam.
6. Dental and Medical students
Try reaching out to current students on social media to get tips and advice on preparing for the exam. Twitter is an great platform to reach out. If could even see if they would sell there books to you at a discounted price and save money. Some might even be willing to give it away for free so keep an eye out for applicants tweeting about the their UKCAT results.
7. Brain Training Mobile Apps
I recommend downloading cognitive apps such as Elevate or Luminosity to help improve speed reading and your cognitive skills. These apps have free versions that will help boost memory, mental maths, vocabulary and comprehensive skills.
Start reading articles more regularly, I recommend summarising articles once you’ve read them and timing yourself. With practice try to increase your reading speed and retention.
Spreeder is a free online speed reading software. I recommend using the software to read all online articles. I actually used it when preparing for the UKCAT. I read all my online articles on Spreeder for a month! It is a really good tool, all you do is copy the text you want to read into the software and it displays them one word at a time at a fast rate, it really good if you are slow at reading or cant help reading words in your head. Spreeder helps you read faster, comprehend more, so you can save time in the UKCAT.
10. Free UKCAT Seminars
There are companies that offer free 1-day seminars on preparing for the UKCAT. This can be very helpful in preparing for the exam. Students attempt a mock exam and go through answers with an expert. Keep an eye out for such seminars. Companies run them throughout the year.