The UKCAT Course Philosophy
The UKCAT Course is an intensive UKCAT preparation day conducted by doctors and dentists with in excess of five years UKCAT teaching experience. The course covers all three sections of the UKCAT examination, focussing on providing experienced insight, time saving strategies and invaluable resources.
Percentage of candidates who do not complete section: 20%
This section has evolved in recent years, with a shift in emphasis away from the traditional ‘True/False/Can’t Tell’ questions to the more challenging and time consuming ‘Single Best Answer’ questions. The UKCAT Course offers techniques for both question types, as well as highlighting common pitfalls, such as statements often taking advantage of candidates’ pre-existing knowledge.
Percentage of candidates who do not complete section: 25
As the most time restricted section, the emphasis is on providing time saving strategies, techniques to improve mental maths, as well as practicing the common question types which are repeated almost every year.
Percentage of candidates who do not complete section: 17%
Our trusted ‘Three Step Approach’ helps to transition many students from a section that they are often apprehensive about, to a section that students feel confident about and look forward to tackling. As part of our ‘Three Step Approach’, students are introduced to identifying ‘Shape Specific Factors’ as well as being taught a comprehensive acronym in order to identify the wide range of patterns that have been used since the UKCAT was first introduced in 2006.
As the new addition to the UKCAT examination in 2016, Decision Making has a generally reduced score weighting compared to other UKCAT sections, with universities excluding applicants’ scores in 2016. With a relatively generous time allocation, emphasis is on accuracy and problem solving techniques. Whilst this section may be ‘new’, the concepts entailed are far from new and as well as providing candidates with our own practice questions with worked solutions, students will also be advised regarding usage of other aptitude tests with remarkably similar questions.
The section is broken down into the two main question types, with the focus on understanding what each of the potential options mean (Very Appropriate< -> Very Inappropriate/ Very Important <-> Not Important at all). Candidates who are able to do this effectively will see their scores significantly improve in what is a potentially very high scoring section. Whilst there is an undoubted need for safe, practical thinking, our assessors and resources also cover a range of GMC guidelines, which are essential for achieving a Band 1 score in this increasingly important section.
Course Registration and Introduction
09:15 – 09:30
Verbal Reasoning Key Tips, Techniques and Practice Questions
Quantitative Reasoning Key Tips, Techniques and Practice Question
Abstract Reasoning Key Tips, Techniques and Practice Question
Decision Making Key Tips, Techniques and Practice Question
Situational Judgement Key Tips, Techniques and Practice Questions
Exclusive Medicine Application Advice and Insight
09:30 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:30
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:45
12:45 - 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
14:30 – 15:30
15:30 – 16:00
Please note, course timings may vary depending on scheduled start time. We advise that students allow additional time for return transport arrangements, to accommodate for any potential course over-running.