UCAT Training Classes in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
Duration: 60 hours
- 30 hours of classroom training (15 sessions x 2 hours)
- 20 hours of practice tests (10 tests x 2 hours)
- 10 Hours of Doubts Review
UCAT Preparation Tips:
- Booking early for the test is always beneficial, as it allows students to concentrate on other things (such as your UCAS application!), have options for different test slots and the chance to reschedule the test.
- Choosing the right answer for each multiple-choice question is an art in itself. Students need to practice a lot under timed conditions and learn to eliminate wrong options quickly.
- Taking practice tests helps students to prepare well for the exam and manage their time so that they answer all questions in all the sections.
- As there is no negative marking, students must answer all the questions. Guesswork helps at instances where you are not sure about your answer. However, students should ensure that they answer all the questions.
The UCAT Consortium seeks to minimise bias due to factors such as age, sex, nationality, ethnicity or socio-economic background. In order to do this we collect demographic, admissions and educational data on applicants to medical and dental schools in the UK. The data collected provide the UKCAT Consortium with an effective, reliable mechanism for:
- The administration of the test (i.e. to verify candidate details and to be able to communicate correct test results to participating medical and dental schools)
- The verification of the internal reliability of the test (i.e. is it a fair test and does it favour particular demographics of candidates)
- The establishment of the predictive validity of the test with regards to medical/dental school and postgraduate performance
- Undertaking research related to admissions to medicine and dentistry that reflects the legitimate interests of UCAT
UCAT Practice Tips
The practice tips below should be read by all candidates preparing for the UCAT. By becoming familiar with these essential tips you can save yourself valuable time on your test day.
A simple on-screen calculator will be available for the decision making and quantitative reasoning subtests. To access this click on the icon in the top left hand side of the screen. The calculator will look similar to this:
The calculator is integrated into the practice tests and we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the functionality. There are slight differences between the way the calculator works in the practice test environment and the live test.
The calculator can be operated by using the mouse or the number pad on the keyboard; ensure that ‘Num Lock’ is on for the number pad to work.
In the live test, the calculator closes when clicking away or moving to another question. It can be recalled by clicking on the icon. Current calculations are retained until you move to the next question.
To clear the calculator click the ON/C button. The backspace key clears all the digits at once in the live test. i.e. it is equivalent to pressing the ON/C button. This functionality is not replicated in the practice tests. There are no other buttons or keyboard shortcuts to delete one number at a time during calculations.
Please note that due to limitations with the web browser format in the practice test calculator, decimal numbers need to be entered in full (e.g. 0.5 not .5). In the live test calculator, decimal numbers can be entered either way.
If you require assistance with the calculator during your test please raise your hand to attract the invigilator / or start a chat session to speak to the proctor (as appropriate).
Keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate through the test if you find this preferable to using the mouse. Wherever there is a letter underlined, the Alt key can be used with the underlined letter as a keyboard short cut. An example would be Alt + N = Next (as displayed below) and Alt + P = Previous.
The shortcuts available at any time during the test depend on which screen is currently being viewed. Keyboard shortcuts cannot be used to select answers to questions; this has to be done by using the mouse to select the desired response, and in some cases to drag and drop an answer. You can familiarise yourself with this, and other aspects of navigation, by using the practice tests available on our website.
Advice for Mac users sitting the UCAT Online
Shortcut key combinations in the live test may differ for candidates using a Mac to sit the UCAT Online at home. Depending on your device/keyboard you may need to press additional keys together with the letter to get the shortcut to work (e.g. control + option + N = Next). We recommend you check these in the short sample exam as part of the OnVUE System Test. Some Mac users may need to use the trackpad or a mouse to navigate through their test.
You may wish to take notes or do workings out during your test, particularly in the Decision Making and Quantitative Reasoning subtests.
There are different options for note taking in the UCAT depending on how you are sitting the test. The information below outlines what we are able to support in our test centres and in the UCAT Online. Please check carefully what is permitted in your test location.
- Candidates in test centres have access to a set of laminated noteboards and a pen.
- Candidates taking the UCAT Online may use their own physical erasable whiteboard, which meets the specifications outlined below.
- All candidates also have the use of an onscreen scratchpad.
As you prepare for your test, familiarise yourself with the options available.
All tests – onscreen scratchpad
Inbuilt in all tests is an onscreen scratch pad feature. The scratch pad operates in the following way:
- It is available throughout the test and can be launched by clicking the icon at the top of the screen or using the shortcut ALT+D.
- It launches as a pop up window that can be dragged to reposition it and resized by pulling on the bottom corners.
- You can take notes and plan answers by typing into it.
- You can cut / copy / paste within the pad but NOT from the question.
- It will close when you move to the next questions but the text will still be there if you reopen it. The contents of the scratch pad is wiped at the end of each subtest.
You can familiarise yourself with the scratchpad in the practice materials.
Test Centre only –noteboards and pen
If you are sitting your test at a test centre, you will be given a set of laminated noteboards and a pen. If you require an additional set, raise your hand and request one from the invigilator.
The invigilator will have checked the pen is working before giving it out. You may wish to check this before you start to avoid the need to seek assistance during testing.
If you are not given a set of noteboards and a pen when you enter the test room, you should request them by raising your hand. Not requesting these items will not be considered a mitigating circumstance.
UCAT Online only – erasable whiteboard and permitted accessories
If you are sitting the UCAT Online, you are allowed to use a physical erasable whiteboard (and permitted accessories) for note taking, which you will need to obtain yourself.
- 1 erasable whiteboard no larger than 30×50 centimetres (12×20 inches)
- Up to 2 dry erase markers
- 1 dry erase whiteboard eraser
A single piece of plain white paper laminated on both sides is also acceptable. It must be no larger than 30x50cm (12×20 inches).
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UCAT Classes on Verbal Reasoning
The Verbal Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to read and think carefully about information presented in passages and to determine whether specific conclusions can be drawn from information presented. You are not expected to use prior knowledge to answer the questions.
Doctors and dentists need excellent verbal reasoning skills in order to understand complex information and communicate this clearly and simply to patients is essential. Medical practitioners must also be able to interpret findings from published materials and apply this to their own practice. It is essential they are able to critique such materials and draw their own conclusion as to the validity of any findings.
Verbal Reasoning Questions
You will be presented with eleven passages of text, each associated with 4 questions. You have 21 minutes to answer the 44 questions in this subtest.
Some questions assess critical reasoning skills, requiring candidates to make inferences and draw conclusions from information. You will need to read the passage of text carefully. You will then be presented with a question or incomplete statement and four response options. You are required to pick the best or most suitable response. You will only be able to select one response.
For other questions, your task is to read each passage of text carefully and then decide whether the statement provided follows logically. There are three answer options you can choose from:
True: On the basis of the information in the passage, the statement is true.
False: On the basis of the information in the passage, the statement is false.
Can’t Tell: You cannot tell from the information in the passage whether the statement is true or false.
UCAT Classes on Decision Making
The Decision Making subtest assesses your ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information.
Doctors and dentists are often required to make decisions in situations that may be complex. This requires high-level problem solving skills and the ability to assess and manage risk and deal with uncertainty.
Decision Making Questions
You will be presented with 29 questions that may refer to text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams. Additional information may be presented within the question itself. You will have 31 minutes to answer the questions in this subtest.
All questions are standalone and do not share data. Some questions will have four answer options but only one correct answer; others will require you to respond to five statements by placing a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer next to each statement.
A simple on-screen calculator is available for use in this section. You may also need to use your whiteboards and pen.
UCAT Classes on Quantitative Reasoning
The Quantitative Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to use numerical skills to solve problems. It assumes familiarity with numbers to the standard of a good pass at GCSE. However questions are less to do with numerical facility and more to do with problem solving.
Doctors and dentists are constantly required to review data and apply it to their own practice. On a practical level drug calculations based on patient weight, age and other factors have to be correct. At a more advanced level, clinical research requires an ability to interpret, critique and apply results presented in the form of complex statistics. Universities considering applicants need to know they have the aptitude to cope in these situations.
Quantitative Reasoning Questions
You will be presented with 36 questions associated with tables, charts, and/or graphs. You will have 24 minutes to answer the questions in this subtest.
You are required to solve problems by extracting relevant information from tables and other numerical presentations. Most questions will be shown as sets of four questions each connected to the same data. There are some questions that standalone and do not share data. Each question has five answer options. Your task is to choose the best option.
A simple on-screen calculator is available for use in this section. You may also need to use your whiteboards and pen.
UCAT Classes on Abstract Reasoning
Abstract Reasoning assesses your ability to identify patterns amongst abstract shapes where irrelevant and distracting material may lead to incorrect conclusions. The test therefore measures your ability to change track, critically evaluate and generate hypotheses and requires you to query judgements as you go along.
When considering possible diagnoses, medical practitioners may be presented with a set of symptoms and/or results. Some information may be more reliable, more relevant and clearer than other information. Doctors and Dentists need to make judgements about such information, identifying the information which will help them reach conclusions. Carrying out research involving data often involves identifying patterns in results in order to generate further hypotheses.
Abstract Reasoning Questions
You will be presented with 55 questions associated with sets of shapes. You will have 13 minutes to answer the questions in this subtest.
You will see all of these 4 different question types in this subtest:
- For type 1, you will be presented with two sets of shapes labelled “Set A” and “Set B”. You will be given a test shape and asked to decide whether the test shape belongs to Set A, Set B, or Neither.
- For type 2, you will be presented with a series of shapes. You will be asked to select the next shape in the series.
- For type 3, you will be presented with a statement, involving a group of shapes. You will be asked to determine which shape completes the statement.
- For type 4, you will be presented with two sets of shapes labelled “Set A” and “Set B”. You will be asked to select which of the four response options belongs to Set A or Set B.
UCAT Classes on Situational Judgement Test
The situational judgement test (SJT) measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them. Questions do not require medical or procedural knowledge.
The test assesses integrity, perspective taking, team involvement, resilience and adaptability. SJTs are used widely in medical and dental selection, including selection of Foundation Doctors and Dentists, GPs and other medical specialities.
Situational Judgement Questions
You will be presented with 69 questions associated with 22 scenarios (each scenario may have up to 6 questions associated with it). You will have 26 minutes to answer all questions within the subtest.
The test consists of a series of scenarios for which you will need to consider either the appropriateness of possible actions, or the importance of possible considerations.
Some of the questions will require that you rate each response from four possible options. Other questions will require you to choose the most and least appropriate action to take in response to the situation, from the three actions provided.
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