Review – Mastering The UKCAT Practice Book

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This is the practice book series from The Medic Portal. It takes you step by step through the proven techniques that have helped thousands of students achieve top UKCAT scores. The authors deconstruct the question types before leading you through core strategies, common pitfalls, and top tips – as well as the tactics examiners use to trip you up.

Book Details

The book is well set out with expert advice explaining all the questions types, the authors emphasize more on tips and strategy to tackle each subtest  and highlight common tricks used by examiners to trick candidates. Overall the book is less on the quantity of practice questions. Each section of the exam is covered concisely, each having about 30 – 40 question types covered. 

I particularly found the quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning strategies recommended the most helpful. Everything from tactics to common pitfalls this book covers well. If you are looking for a book with loads of practice questions, this wouldn’t be the best fit, the authors focus on developing the core techniques and strategy needed to pass the UKCAT. It is a good supplement book that I would recommend using with other material.


  • The book contains core strategies, techniques and top tips to pass the UKCAT. Particularly the quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning sections.
  • The book has a good step-by-step approach to breaking down each subtest.
  • The book also has a good breadth of  question-types and examples in each subtest.
  • It is very concise and easy to read.


  • Not as many practice questions as other  books.


The mastering the UKCAT book is a good resource and has a lot of core tips, techniques and strategies to pass the UKCAT. If you are looking for a book with loads of practice questions, this wouldn’t be the best fit. The authors focus more on strategy. It is still very helpful and I’ll recommend if you want to further develop  your strategy and techniques to prepare and pass the exam.

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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.