It took me three attempts at the UKCAT to realise that the key to passing the exam is by 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 struggle with the most then using resources such as UKCAT books and Practice tests to improve your reasoning skill.
If you are looking to improve your skill on a specific section of the exam, find below my recommended UKCAT books for each subtest.
The Best UKCAT Books For Each Subtest
The Best UKCAT Book For Verbal Reasoning Subtest
The verbal reasoning subtest tests your ability to read and think carefully about information presented in passages and to determine whether specific conclusions can be drawn from information presented. The Score Higher In The UKCAT series by Kaplan is my recommended practice book for improving your verbal reasoning skills. The authors provide arguably the best strategies and tips for improving verbal skill and avoiding the most common pitfalls laid out by examiners.
The Best UKCAT Book For Quantitative Reasoning
The Quantitative Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to solve numerical problems. The Get Into Medicine: 1250 UKCAT Practice Questions is the best UKCAT book for quantitative reasoning section. The authors provide great quantitative practice with every maths topic covered at GCSE level.
The Best UKCAT Book For Abstract Reasoning
Abstract Reasoning assesses your ability to identify patterns amongst abstract shapes where irrelevant and distracting material may lead to incorrect conclusions. I would recommend the Get Into Medicine: 1250 UKCAT Practice Questions again for is targeting your abstract reasoning skills. The authors provide a comprehensive bank of AR questions with detailed explanations.
The Best UKCAT Book For Decision Making
The Ultimate UKCAT guide 1250 practice questions has a really good amount of Decision Making subtest questions. I recommend using this book along with the official UKCAT practice questions to improve your decision making skill.
The Best UKCAT Book For Situational Judgement
The situational judgement subtest measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them. The best way to prepare for this section is by getting familiar with the Good Medical Practice guidelines. You can download for FREE on the GMC website.
I recommend first finding out which UKCAT subtest is your weakest then pick a practice book that offers more support dealing with it. For a step-by-step guide on how to identify your weakest subtest and prepare for the UKCAT get a copy of my UKCAT Study Guide…
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