UKCAT Courses, Are They Worth It?

There are a lot of companies offering tutoring or courses for the UKCAT,  with most being relatively pricey, are they actually worth it?

Simply put, Yes they are!

UKCAT courses can be very helpful if used smartly. Before your course take the time to identify your weakest subtests, once you’ve identified your weakness, make it a priority on the day of your course and learn as many tips and techniques as possible from the UKCAT tutors. You want to squeeze out as much advice as possible from them. I wouldn’t recommend focusing on all sections equally, make your weakest section the priority. I remember when I attempted the UKCAT the second time, I paid for a 2-day UKCAT crash course seminar, it was good it focused on all the sections of the exam, but in hindsight, I would’ve preferred to have spent those two days working on my two weakest subtests, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning. I didn’t take full advantage of the course, I did no prior preparation so had no clue what I needed to improve, so it is no surprise my UKCAT score  didnt improve much.

The key to passing the UKCAT is by identifying your weakness as early as possible. Day 1 to Day 3 of your revision should solely focus on identifying which sections of the exam (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, Decision Making or abstract reasoning) you find difficult. Note what exactly you struggle with, is it time management? or do you struggle to answer questions correctly? or both. Then mimic the exam by practising with an online course.

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My Recommended Online UKCAT Course

I recommend buying the Job Test Prep online UKCAT course to prepare for the UKCAT in 2017. The course comes with amazing features that makes it one of the best in the market.

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The course has six main features that makes it one of the best online UKCAT courses, they include:

1. Learning Feature

The developers have provided a complete 18-page UKCAT guide and video tutorials that provides examples, explanations and techniques for answering every type of question you can expect in the UKCAT. The guide replicates the breadth and depth of the different types of questions that can be asked in the UKCAT  and the spectrum of difficulties that it covers (from easy to time-consuming), which makes it an ideal learning tool for all those who want to achieve a high UKCAT score and maximise their chances of getting into the medical or dental school. 

2. Practise Feature 

Once you have completed the guide and understand the strategies and techniques you wish to adopt. The course offers thousands of practice questions for you to put the strategies learnt into practise. This helps you identify your weakness and work on improving them early on. The questions are split into the five subtests of the UKCAT, namely: Verbal reasoning (VR), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Decision Making (DM), Abstract Reasoning (AR) and Situational Judgement (SJ). You can attempt questions either timed or untimed with full explanations and tips. I recommend initially practising questioned untimed until you have a better grasp of the exam techniques and strategies.

3. Live Performance Feedback And Score Reports

Once you’ve completed a timed test. The course provides data on your performance. You can see how well you are doing: which questions you’re getting right and wrong; and a general overview on performance and a breakdown of your score. You can use this data to see how much you have improved. 

4. Simulation Feature

The UKCAT is a 2-hour test, it’s natural anxiety, stress and fatigue could influence your score. The more you practice under real life conditions the less likely these factors will affect you on the live exam. The Job Test Prep UKCAT course provides  full-length mock exams under timed conditions to simulate the testing environment. It feels like the actual UKCAT, helping you experience the real test before your big day. 

5. Personality Test Feature

The course also additional materials to help you prepare for your medical school or dental school interview. This includes a full-length interactive personality test, a personality profile report, and additional comprehensive reading material to help you prepare for interviews. There is no other online UKCAT course that provides this tool to prepare for interviews.

6. Mobile Preparation

You can also practice questions on the go! The Job Test UKCAT course is mobile adaptive, which means you can access the course on your mobile device, you do not have to be in front of your PC. Practice on the way to school, work or even whilst on holiday. 

 
Pros
  • Over 1000 Practice Questions & Explanations
  • Full- length and Stimulated Mock Exam
  • Video Tutorials
  • Complete UKCAT study Guide – includes exam strategies and techniques.
  • Live Performance feedback – with Score Reports
  • Interview Preparation – Personality test and reading material.
  • Access on Mobile – Practice on the Go
  • Affordable Prices – Packages from £34 (2 weeks)  to £45 (1 year)
Cons
  • No extension package if you reschedule your UKCAT, or need more time to prepare.
  • The course isn’t UKCATSEN supported.
Pricing
  • 2 weeks – £34
  • 1 month – £39
  • 1 year – £45 (Best Value)
Conclusion

Overall I would strongly recommend the Job Test Prep UKCAT online course, it offers everything you need to prepare for the UKCAT. The user experience and quality of the course is exceptional.  The only critic is that it is not UKCATSEN supported, if you plan on taking the UKCATSEN instead of the UKCAT then this course wouldn’t be right for you. I’ve reached out to Job Test Prep and they are working on making the course UKCATSEN supported soon.

 

 

My Recommended UKCAT Seminar

My recommended UKCAT Seminar is the Uniadmissions UKCAT Crash Course Seminars. I strongly recommend attending a Uniadmissions UKCAT  seminar if you are looking to significantly increase your UKCAT score in a short amount of time. The crash course covers everything you will need to catch up to speed and pass the exam.

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There are a lot of commercial companies providing UKCAT seminars to prepare for the exam, with so many available how do you pick the right one? I recommend reading reviews and customer feedback. Also look into learning structure and the format of the UKCAT seminar. The Uniadmissions UKCAT crash course is perfect if you are looking to improve your UKCAT score in a short space of time. The UK’s number one university admissions company provides a comprehensive course taught by experienced experts, doctors and senior medical students that have performed exceptionally in the exam.

The crash courses have four main features that makes it one of the best seminars in the country, they include:

1. Experienced Oxbridge Tutors

The seminars are ran by experienced medical tutors who have tutored the UKCAT for several years and have helped thousands of applicants pass the UKCAT. The tutors include experienced experts, doctors and senior medical students that have scored in the top 10% of the country. The tutors are really impressive and share their strategies and techniques for each section of the exam. Expect to learn time saving strategies, mental maths tips, verbal reasoning techniques and much more to improve your UKCAT score.

2. Ongoing Support

This  is why I personally chose Uniadmissions, after your seminar the preparation doesn’t stop. Their tutors provide ongoing support, so if you are still struggling on a specific subtest you can get additional coaching to work on your weakness. Feel free to email your tutor for more support  if you get stuck on anything.

3. Instant Access to Online Lectures

Once you book the course you get instant access to their online lectures. You don’t have to wait till the seminar to start preparing for the UKCAT. The online lectures are recorded by their expert tutors and covers a vast amount of topics ranging from preparation tips to exam techniques for each section of the UKCAT. You can access the online lectures anytime before or after your seminar.

 4. Free Guide And Mock Exams

The Uniadmissions UKCAT crash course a free guide and 2 mock exams. The guide is packed with 1200+ practice questions and full expalanations. The authors also provide advice on answering the various types of questions. The Mock exams are designed to simulate the testing environment as the exam.

 
Course Breakdown

It is a full day course covering each section of the UKCAT, the best part about the course is that they tend to focus on the most common areas that students tend to perform less well on, for instance, time management in verbal reasoning section or techniques in identifying patterns in abstract reasoning.

The programme schedule is as follows:

10:15 – 10:30 – Arrival, Registration and Resources

10:30 – 12:00 – Verbal Reasoning

12:00 – 13:30 – Quantitative Reasoning

13:30 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 – Abstract Reasoning

15:30 – 16:00 – Decision-Making

16:00 – 17:30 – Situational Judgement

17:30 – 18:00 – Debrief and Finish

 Pros
  • The course is detailed, well taught and comprehensive.
  • Full Access to Online material – online lectures by experts so you can prepare before and after the course.
  • Ongoing support – even after the course you can email tutors till the day of your exam so you’re never alone or stuck. Respond rate is really good!
  • Free UKCAT guide – contains 1200 practice questions and advice
  • 2 Full Mock Papers -free mock exams that stimulate format of the real exam.
 Cons
  • Limited spaces available – They only run 9  seminars each year (Find Out Dates)
  • Currently, courses are only offered in London and Manchester.
Pricing

The course costs £195. You can claim £15 off with voucher code “UKCATBLOG15” at Checkout.

Conclusion

I would strongly recommend the Uniadmissions UKCAT crash course, they offer far more support than any other UKCAT seminar, with additional resources, access to online material and ongoing support till you take the exam. The tutors are well experienced and offer great advice on how to approach each section of the exam. The free guides and online lectures included in the course takes the programme to the next level, with helpful tips and advice to go through at your own time.  If you go on any 1 -day course make it this one!

 

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My name is Michael and I'm a physiology graduate from the University of Manchester, I was able to improve my UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) score from 2400 to 2840 in 3 months and get offered a place at Warwick’s graduate-entry medical programme.

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