UKCAT Study Plan

The UKCAT is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to overcome. I failed to get an offer for medical school twice before finally succeeding on my third attempt. I learned so much from the entire experience that I created a study plan and strategy guide to give all future applicants the best possible chance of smashing the exam and getting into medical or dental school.  My UKCAT study plan ebook was bought by 1-in-8 applicants in 2016 with 100% Customer satisfaction.

If you are reading this page, you are taking the first step to passing the UKCAT and I wish you the best on your medical or dental school journey. Let’s begin…

How I Achieved A UKCAT Score In The Top 10 Percent

UKCAT Study Plan


It took me three attempts to realise that the key to passing the UKCAT is identifying your weakness as early as possible. Day 1 to Day 3 of your preparation should solely focus on identifying which sections of the exam (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, decision making or abstract reasoning) you find difficult. The most common mistake students make is that they start preparation by buying a UKCAT book or online UKCAT course. Even though they are helpful resources, you have no clue which sections of the exam you truly struggle with  and end up practising questions after questions with no real plan or proof of improvement. You need to identify your weakness sections then create an entire study plan around it. The only reliable way of identifying your weakness is by using the official UKCAT practice tests and questions. These are the only official questions available so I recommend using them first. This will set the foundation for your UKCAT study plan. I fully explain step-by-step in my ebook how to use the official practice questions to identify your weakness. 


Once you have identified your weakest subtests, what next? – Prioritise! You have to prioritise them, this is important because it will define the amount of practice time you allocate to each section. For example, if you find the quantitative reasoning easy, it doesn’t make sense to spend loads of time practising QR questions. The idea behind prioritising subtests is that you want to spend more time on your weakest subtest. Using the results from identifying your weaknesses, I explain in my ebook how to prioritise them according to your strengths. The weakest section will have the most priority and your strongest section will have the least priority. The mistake most candidates make is that they assume the lowest practice score is the weakest, this isn’t necessarily true. For instance in 2015, if you achieved a verbal reasoning score of 600 and a quantitative reasoning of 650, you would have done actually well on the VR but below average on the QR. I know it’s weird but the average VR score was 577 in 2015 while the average QR score was 685. This means that you would have scored higher than average on VR but below average in QR, thus, quantitative reasoning would be your weakest subtest. I explain this concept further in my ebook and show you how to prioritise each subtest and the time I’d recommend allocating to each one.


This is where books and courses come in, you can use these resources to focus on learning new techniques and exam strategies to improve your skills. I don’t recommend getting every book under the sun or reading  books cover to cover. Instead, read through the chapters of UKCAT books that are relevant and will help you improve your skills, take note of tips and techniques and practice  them on an online UKCAT course. I run through the exact techniques and strategies that worked for me in each section of the exam, I also recommend additional resources that helped improve my reasoning skills and overall medical application. Check out some of the resources I’ve recommended in past posts:

Practice, Practice, Practice:

This is the stage most students start straightaway, they ignore the earlier stages and buy a book or online course and practice questions after questions. This is no good! You need to practice questions strategically and take note of what you find difficult and record your progress. There are 3 main types resources for practising questions – UKCAT books, online UKCAT courses, and UKCAT Seminars.

All three are very helpful if applied strategically.  I explain my practice strategy in depth in my ebook and how to apply it to books, online courses, and even seminars. 

Whether you have 2 weeks or months until your exam, my ebook  will help you prepare efficiently and significantly increase your overall UKCAT score.  I show you the exact study plan and strategy I used to achieve a UKCAT score in the top 10%. 

You’ll learn:

  • How to Identify your weakest subtest.
  • How to prioritise sections of the exam (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Making and Situational Judgement).
  • Proven techniques and strategies to improve your score in each section.
  • Most effective approach for practising questions.
  • Good tactics for studying more efficiently and boosting skills.
  • Recommended UKCAT Books 
  • Recommended Online UKCAT Course (includes Exclusive Discount Code)
  • Recommended UKCAT Seminars (includes Discount Codes)
  • How to get the most out of Books, Courses and Seminar
  • Other helpful resources for your medical or dental application.
  • Ultimate Guide for UCAS Application & Attending Interviews  
  • Exclusive content from my blog,
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Best of Luck,

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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 in 3 months and get offered a place at Warwick’s graduate-entry medical programme.