Must-Have Books For Applying to Dentistry (2019 Entry)

Applying to dental school is a difficult process, with thousands of students applying each year for limited places  how do you stand out with your  application?

Answer: Learn from successful dentists and admission experts

Increase your chances of getting into dental school by learning  helpful tips and strategies to improve your application. The following books are my recommended books for your dentistry application at every stage.

UCAS Application

You have decided you want to study dentistry, Great! With the application deadline in October, I recommend getting a copy of Adam Cross’ Getting Into Dental School. The book provide tips and strategies to strengthen your overall application and increase your chances of being invited for an interview.

1. Getting into Dental School by Adam Cross (Strongly Recommend)

The dental application process is tough and very competitive. The Getting into Dental School series covers every aspect of the application process, from writing a winning personal statement, to interview techniques and career prospects, it has all of the essential information that future dental students need to secure a place on the course of their choice. See customer reviews on Amazon.

UKCAT Preparation

The UKCAT is the admission test required by many dental schools. Many students find the exam challenging. The following UKCAT books provide thousands of practice questions and mock tests to familiarise yourself with the exam. I’ve specifically recommended the following books because they provide more value by helping with exam techniques, time saving strategies and additional online tools:    

1. Get Into Medical School – Over 1250 UKCAT Practice Question by Olivier Picard et al

This UKCAT practice book  is the second edition of the ‘600 UKCAT Practice Questions’ book, which was the best-selling UKCAT book from  2009 to 2015. The book replicates the breadth and depth of the different types of questions that can be asked in the test and will also provide a good spectrum of difficulties candidates will expect in the UKCAT. The book  also contains over 1200 practice questions covering all subtests of the 2016 UKCAT exam (for 2017 entry). See customer reviews on Amazon.

2. The Ultimate UKCAT Guide – 1250 Practice Questions by David Salt and Rohan Aggarwal

This practice book is the third edition of the ‘The Ultimate UKCAT Guide’ book series, it offers great preparation material and is written by experts and doctors that have helped thousands of students prepare for the UKCAT. The book has a thousands of practice questions to help you identify your  weaknesses before you begin to revise,it has helpful tips and strategies for each section of the exam. See customer reviews on Amazon.

Have a look at other recommended UKCAT Books.

Dental School Interview

You have been asked to attend an interview, Great! With a few weeks to prepare, there are certain books to read before your dental school interview that will help strengthen your interview skills and provide you all the necessary techniques, information and motivation  you will need to perform well. The following books provide a thousands of interview questions, answering techniques and background knowledge to help you prepare for your interview:

1. Dental School Interview: Questions And Answers by Dr Ravi, Dr Patel and Ms Veena Babu

This is one of the best selling dental interview books, it covers thousands of questions and provides tips and strategies for providing compelling answers. Questions cover everything from tackling the MMIs, ethics, personal qualities, NHS and more. See customer reviews more  on Amazon.

2.  Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) for UK Dental Schools by Mirian Coll

This is another helpful interview book specifically focussed on tackling multiple mini interviews (MMIs). The book tackles over 300 commonly asked MMI questions with full explanations so that you are fully prepared. Mirian covers everything from ethics, NHS issues, background knowledge and more. See customer reviews on Amazon.

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My name is Michael and I'm a Pharmacology graduate from the University of Manchester, I was able to improve my UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) score from 2400 to 2840 and get offered a place at Warwick’s graduate-entry medical programme.