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Our UKCAT books picks

As a former UKCAT candidate I know a few things about picking the right UKCAT books. After reading 11 of the top rated UKCAT books in the last 12 months, I’ve reviewed and compiled my final Top picks to help you prepare for the UKCAT this summer.  

get into medical school 1250 ukcat book

The Get Into Medical School: 1250 UKCAT practice book replicates the breadth and depth of the different types of questions that can be asked in the UKCAT, which makes it an ideal preparation tool for all those who want to achieve a high score and maximise their chances of getting into  the medical or dental school of their choice. With 1250 UKCAT practice questions (including a full mock exam), in-depth explanations, comprehensive tips and techniques spanning over 768 pages, this book constitutes an ideal preparation tool for the UKCAT, helping candidates save time, retain focus and optimise their score. Fully compliant with the new UKCAT format so that candidates familiarise themselves with all the potential traps that can be laid by the examiners.

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ultimate ukcat guide ukcat book

The Ultimate UKCAT Guide: 1250 UKCAT Practice book includes 250 Verbal Reasoning questions, 100 Decision Making questions, 300 Quantitative Reasoning questions, 300 Abstract reasoning questions and 300 Situational Judgement questions. With contributions and advice from over 20 Specialist UKCAT Tutors, this is a good companion to the UKCAT and a great buy for those looking to do well in the exam. It contains powerful time-saving strategies that will allow you to answer difficult questions within the time limit as well a massive 1250 Practice Questions written in the style and difficulty of the real exam. Each question comes with fully worked solutions that guide you through the most efficient way for getting the correct answer as quickly as possible.

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score higher ukcat book

The Score Higher on the UKCAT practice book  is the preparation book from Kaplan. The book starts off explaining the UKCAT, its format, timing and how it is scored. The authors acknowledge each subtest and the new Decision Making section. The initial chapter also proposes  key tips on how to get a high score in the UKCAT, which is really insightful and made me realise the importance to improve strategy and pace. The next chapter is a diagnostic test with 231 questions to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses before you begin to revise, the test covers verbal reasoning (VR), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Abstract Reasoning (AR), Decision Analysis (DA) and Situational Judgement (STJ). The book has chapters dedicated to each subtest of the UKCAT with detailed examples, exercises, and timed practice sessions so that candidates can master the different question types. I also liked how the authors identified the common challenges specific to each subtest and proposed tips to overcome them which they encourage you to put into practice when attempting exercises. For example, managing  time in Verbal Reasoning using the keyword approach. The book offers many other helpful tips that are specific to each subtest. The book also has a 2 hour Mock test at the end to replicate the real exam with detailed answers to review and mark yourself.

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mastering the ukcat book

The mastering the UKCAT 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.

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I dont recommend buying every one, but take a look at reviews and customer feedback. For a step-by-step guide on preparing for the UKCAT grab your copy of  The UKCAT study guide. It’s includes the tips, techniques and strategies I used to achieve a score in the 90th percentile. It has been adopted by over 8,000 candidates to date with 100% positive feedback! Also take part in the Free 30-day UKCAT Preparation Challenge includes daily exercises and goals over 30 days to ensure you prepare more effectively.