UKCAT Course: Do I need to attend one?

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There are lots of companies that offer UKCAT courses to help with your preparation. A common question that we get asked is: “Do I NEED to take a UKCAT Course?

 The Short Answer: Maybe. 

The Long Answer: You can definitely get into any medical school with good-old fashioned hard work and indeed attending any course won’t guarantee you a place (beware of companies that ‘guarantee’ you scores). In fact, according to our student survey in 2015, less than 25% of students attended a UKCAT course although a lot more did use resources like UKCAT books to prepare. 

So why should you attend a UKCAT course?  

It really depends on how comfortable you feel with the exam. A lot of students don’t know where to begin or have exhausted all resources like books and mock papers. Sometimes, you just need advice from someone who has been there and done well in the exam. 

Remember, contract to what you’ll hear – practice does NOT  make perfect.  

Perfect practice makes perfect and that’s where UKCAT intensive courses are useful – they tell you HOW to practice and HOW to become perfect. 

They can guide your preparation and allow you to work far more efficiently. In addition, they can provide you more resources for you to practice with that are up-to-date and of a good quality (there are lots of UKCAT books available that really out of date – ensure you only buy one published in 2015 or after). 

Ultimately, whether you go to a UKCAT crash course will be determined in part by how much you value the cost for the course. We pride ourselves on providing the  most comprehensive resources  available e.g. everyone attending our courses receives a paper + ebook copy of the Ultimate UKCAT guide, online lecture, 2 full mock papers, ongoing tutor support.  

If you’ve already decided that you want to attend a UKCAT course but aren’t sure which one, then Follow our checklist for choosing the right UKCAT course for you:  

  1. Firstly, look at the company and make sure you’re booking a reputable UKCAT course. Beware of any incredible claims about results that the course can bring you – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is…..
  2. Resources. Look for a company that provides great resources such as books, mock tests, practice questions and online lectures that help you to consolidate your learning from the course in a structured way. In addition, a company with comprehensive and up-to-date resources is likely to be more organised and established, so great resources are usually a sign of a great UKCAT course.
  3. Ongoing support. The UKCAT is a tough exam – you can’t become perfect in a day. Instead, you need to practice regularly so that you can develop the techniques you’ve learnt. Therefore look for a course with ongoing tutor support until test day. That way if you have any questions or difficulties, you’ll get the expert help you need.

With so much resting on the UKCAT, don’t leave it to chance. If you choose to attend a course as part of your preparation, remember our 3 key points to ensure you choose the best course.  

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PS: for a limited time only – use the code UKCATBLOG15 for a £15 discount on the UKCAT course. 

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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.