I really believe that failure is an opportunity to learn and better oneself, this is how my study plan came to be. I took the UKCAT three times before I was able to increase my UKCAT average from 600 to 710.
In this post I wanted to give an overview of how I scored 2840 in the UKCAT. I want to encourage more subscribers to pre-order the 2017 edition of the study guide and get 20% OFF before it’s release on Friday 5th May. If you have pre-ordered already, I want to use this opportunity to say thank you, I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.
“Practising questions only familiarises you with the exam it doesn’t improve your reasoning skills”
The problem with current books is that they mainly focus on practice questions and mock exams. Even Though, it is proven that use of these books improve a candidate’s score, it isn’t significantly much. I remember practising thousands of questions when I was preparing for the test but still achieving roughly the same score the first and second time. I was only familiarising myself with the exam but not actually improving my reasoning skills.
“With The right study structure and strategy I was able to achieve a UKCAT score in the 90th percentile – improving my overall UKCAT score but more importantly, I significantly improved my weakest section, the verbal reasoning subtest”
Before I took the exam the third time, I had to come up with a preparation plan that not only familiarised myself with the exam but also improved my reasoning skills. I also wanted to make sure I was working effectively and not wasting time. That’s where my study guide comes in, I explain how I was able to effectively familiarise myself with the exam and improve my skills. With the right study structure and strategy I was able to achieve a UKCAT score in the 90th percentile – improving my overall score but more importantly, I significantly improved my verbal reasoning score (which was my weakest section).
What Do I “Really” Mean
“Instead of just practising questions with no clear strategy, I broke things down and identified which element I struggled with the most”
For example, the verbal reasoning section of the UKCAT was my weakest subtest, it assesses your ability to read and think carefully about information presented in passages and to determine whether specific conclusions can be drawn from information presented. During my initial preparation, I would practice questions after questions, understanding the answers to those that I would get wrong. However, this isn’t a good strategy, it’s actually the most common mistake applicants make, they just practice question with no clear strategy or proof of improvement.
Before my third crack at the UKCAT, I broke down the verbal reasoning into the core elements before I started practising questions, these elements are the skills being tested in the subtest, they include:
- Understanding of the task
Instead of just practising questions with no clear strategy, I tried to identify which element I struggled with the most. I practiced questions tactically trying to identify my weakness and learned strategies to improve my weakest element. In my study guide I show you step-by-step how I was able to do this and teach proven techniques to improve your skill for each element. I adopted the same approach to every section in the exam and saw my UKCAT score increase significantly.
My Study Guide
“The entire study plan was a game changer for me, I went from improving my score from 600 to 710, achieving one of the highest UKCAT scores in the 90th percentile”
Within its Pages, you’ll learn everything from setting your target score to exam strategies in each section of the exam. Here is what you can expect to find inside:
- How to determine and set your target UKCAT score
- How to identify your weakest sections
- How to prioritise sections of the exam.
- Proven exam strategies and techniques to improve your skill in each section: Verbal Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Situational Judgement.
- The most effective approach for practising sample questions and mock exams.
- Recommended UKCAT practice books and how to use them.
- Recommended online UKCAT courses and how to use them.
- Recommended UKCAT seminars and how to get the most out of them.
- Tips, tactics and techniques for boosting your studying efficacy
- Exclusive content from my blog, theukcatblog.com
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It helps give structure to studying which was useful to construct a study plan.
– Monica (627 average)
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