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UCAT Abstract Reasoning Top Tips

On first glance at the UCAT, the Abstract Reasoning section may seem a little irrelevant and inapplicable to the profession of medicine. However, in actual fact, the skills needed to perform highly in this section are replicated every day...
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UCAT Situational Judgement Top Tips

Due to its subjective nature, the UCAT Situational Judgement Test (SJT) can seem extremely tough. However, there are several situational judgement tips and strategies that you can follow to work through the questions and increase your...
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Taking the UCAT at Home - Your Questions Answered!

With the recent announcement of the 2020 UCAT testing period (beginning of August - 1st October), we’d like to share a quick update on what students can expect from the at home testing option for the exam. This is certainly very new for...
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The 2020 BMAT Test Change - How will this impact your study?

From this year onwards, the first section of the BMAT has been renamed to Thinking Skills (previously Aptitude & Skills). According to Cambridge Assessment, this change will impact the types of questions included in the first subtest...
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Graduating Medicine Early During COVID-19

*/ Many students choose to pursue medicine so they can practice a profession that truly makes a difference to the lives of others. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged some med students to graduate earlier than anticipated,...
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Top Tips to Score Higher on the UCAT

Not sure how to make the most of your UCAT practice so far? If you're feeling like you don't know where to start with free practice, and if you're not making progress on your score so far, then look no further. One of our top-scoring UCAT...
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Work experience cancelled? Make Your Personal Statement Stand Out

Earlier this week, the Medical Schools Council released a document providing guidance for prospective medical students who may be understandably anxious about their work experience being cancelled owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the...
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Tips to stay motivated while studying at home

Due to social distancing measures, schools have undergone a nearly complete closure, and most students now find themselves stuck at home with a lot of free time. However, this is far from an early summer holiday; many teachers are still...
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7 top tips to boost your Quantitative Reasoning score

The mere mention of the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning section often sends shivers up students’ spines, as the thought of analysing tables and graphs of data under extreme time pressure can seem pretty daunting. However, the good news is that...
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UCAT Decision Making Top Tips

The Decision Making section of the UCAT can seem formidable – it tests a large range of skills, and you can often find yourself faced with confusing questions. However, with careful planning and preparation, you can maximise your chances...
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COVID-19 - How will my UCAT & BMAT preparation be affected?

Now that schools in the UK have officially closed, potentially until the next academic year, and with 2020 GCSEs & A-Levels cancelled, there is a lot of uncertainty about how COVID-19 will affect admissions test takers. COVID-19 is a...
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UCAT Vs BMAT Vs GAMSAT: All you need to know

If you’ve spent any time researching how to apply to study a medical degree in the UK, it’s likely that you’ve lost yourself in the midst of all the jargon describing the various routes available and the criteria for each process. As...
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Free university programmes to help you get into medicine

The path to medicine can be long and arduous, and it’s important to grab any opportunities that can aid you in your journey to success. Fortunately, several medical schools around the country have set up various schemes, programmes and...
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When is the best time to sit the UCAT?

If you’re thinking about applying to medical school next year, it’s likely that you’re going to start thinking about preparing for the UCAT soon. But between A-levels, securing work experience, university open days and other aptitude tests...
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Next steps after taking a BMAT practice test

So, you’ve just completed a BMAT practice test? Congratulations! Taking practice tests is a critical part of your preparation for test day, so you should feel proud of yourself. This is a tough exam with an intense two-hour format, so...
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The journey to medical school: a discussion with med students

As every medical student will know, every single one of us has a very unique journey, with our fair share of hurdles along the way. Though we all have slightly different experiences that have motivated us to study medicine, routes into the...
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Medical ethics for interviews: What you need to know

So you’ve submitted your UCAS application. Congratulations! Now you are approaching one of the final steps in the application process: the interview. Here is an opportunity for you to show your interviewers in person how keen you are on...
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How is the UCAT Scored?

As most of you will know by now, the UCAT has 5 sections: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. The raw marks from the first four sections are scaled to give an overall...
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BMAT Scores Explained: Everything you need to know

Even though medical school admission testing season is soon drawing to a close, anxiety levels for students can remain high - especially with the painful waiting period before BMAT scores are released. If you sat the BMAT in August, then...
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The cheat sheet for med school work/life balance

It’s said across the land that medical students are the classic work-hard-play-harder types, many not even needing sleep. But, of course, this stereotype isn’t strictly true. And it makes for a pretty unhealthy lifestyle. So what kind of...
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A doctor's advice to choosing medicine

It’s a cliché to say that medicine is tough but rewarding, but it is a cliché for a reason. Signing up for a career in medicine is a huge commitment. It’s also a commitment to never being bored, job security and if you love it, job...
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6 Top Tips to Smash the BMAT

The BMAT is probably unlike any exam you’ve ever taken before. It challenges candidates from ALL angles - a true test of aptitude, scientific knowledge and written discussion. So, as the October test day rapidly approaches, it’s...
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Why I Chose Medicine?

Deciding on a career that suits your strengths and interests is never an easy task, whatever your age. Whether to commit to a vocation like medicine, often at the age of just 17, is an even bolder decision to make. In this blog, three...
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My UCAT preparation journey: Hannah Weatherstone

Regarded by many as one of the most daunting hurdles to overcome, the UCAT can be a scary thought to all aspiring medical and dental students. The University Clinical Aptitude Test is dissimilar to the majority, if not all, of the tests...
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My UCAT preparation journey: Aarya Deshpande

With 30 days to go until my UCAT exam, I am studying for about 2 hours every day. Read on to find out how I have been preparing for the exam. My Kaplan UCAT course experience I attended the Kaplan UCAT course, on the 27th and 28th of July...
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UCAT or BMAT - Which one do I take?

If you’ve had even a little peek at the application process for medical school, the likelihood is you’ve come across a couple of pesky acronyms, including the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test, formally UKCAT - in case you see that...
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Life as a second year medical student at Imperial

So you’ve made the life-changing decision to attend medical school. What does this really mean? For most of us in the UK, deciding to study medicine means a 5 or 6 year commitment to biochemistry, anatomy and physiology lectures, ward...
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How I prepared for the UCAT

The UCAT can be a challenging and difficult exam to study for. Not only are the questions very different to A-levels but, also the method of studying is as well. The hardest section for me was the Quantitative reasoning section as I...
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What I wish I knew before applying to medical school

Applying to medical school can be a daunting process. From taking the UCAT and/or BMAT, to writing your personal statement, there are many aspects which lots of students find challenging. Finding the right help and guidance is therefore...
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How to Beat Study and Exam Stress

If intense UCAT® and BMAT® study has you feeling stressed out, try these tension-relieving coping strategies: Get Fit. One of the best ways to decrease stress is through physical activity. Whether it's a run in the fresh air or hitting the...
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5 UCAT top tips to save time & ace the exam

Anam is in her second year of Medicine at Birmingham. Below she shares some tips which she believes to be most useful in securing UCAT test day success. The UCAT is notorious for being a time-pressured exam, and most candidates find that...
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My UCAT test day experience

So, what is the UCAT Test experience like? Sara Zaidi, who took her UCAT exam in 2016 and is now a medical student, explains... When I booked my UCAT exam, there was very little planning of the actual test day until the weekend before. My...
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7 steps to build confidence after taking your first UCAT practice test

So you’ve just taken a UCAT practice test or a UCAT mock exam for the first time. Or maybe it’s not your first time, but the fact remains that the test is alien to you. You’ve probably already heard that the test is very different from the...
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UKCAT name change to UCAT: what does this mean for future medics?

Last week, the UKCAT Consortium announced news about the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test), which the group of universities in Australia and New Zealand intend to use as a replacement for their previous medical school admissions...
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7 skill-musts for your Medical School Personal Statement

The UCAS website describes the personal statement section of your application as your chance to describe your ambitions, skills and experiences – of course, in a concise format. This article aims to provide golden nuggets of guidance, to...
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Secrets to securing four medical school interviews

Nidhin Laji, writer and founder of a medical school shortlisting tool, That Edge, talks us through the key nuances to bear in mind when selecting the right medical schools for you. Nidhin is an FY1 doctor at Addenbrooke's and an NHS...
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How to make the most of bite-sized UCAT (UKCAT) practice?

This is a guest post by Michael O. Carter, founder of THE UKCAT BLOG . He achieved a UKCAT (UCAT) score in the top 10% back in 2015. Since then he has helped thousands of candidates prepare for the exam through his blog. He is the author...
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What's the best way to approach the BMAT?

You may have heard some people say that the BMAT exam cannot be prepared for. This is totally untrue; while the BMAT paper is probably going to be unconventional for most of you, you can most definitely revise for it. The BEST way however...
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How and when to choose a medical specialty

One of the most common questions I remember being asked as early as my first year of medical school was, “So tell me, what specialty are you thinking of going into?” Initially, this would flood a mixture of emotions within me as I wasn’t...
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6 Ways to know which medical school is best for you

With hundreds of medical schools around the UK, plus hundreds more overseas – each with their own glossy prospectus and colourful website showing the same smiling faces reading textbooks in sunny campus grounds – it can be confusing...
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A complete university application guide

Feeling a little bit overwhelmed by the university application process? Tutorful provides a comprehensive application guide, which will boost offers and reduce the stress of the process.They have teamed up with us at Kaplan Test Prep, The...
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Medical school application checklist

Applying for medical school? Written your application? Included everything they asked for? You sure? Eleni Cashell, Editor of Whatuni, shares a checklist so you can double and triple check your application before you hit send. Last year...
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Getting in - more than being book smart

Show that you have the qualities that a doctor needs and pass the aptitude and writing stages of the application process. Grades. Grades. Grades. If I get them then every Medical School will offer me a place. Wrong. The medical student...
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Medical school applications : do's and don'ts

The personal statement is a crucial part of your medical school application. It is an opportunity for you to show medical schools why you are passionate about studying medicine. It is used by different medical schools in different ways....
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A day in the life of a medical student

A day in the life of a medical student is gripping and surprising; you never quite know what new case you will learn about and every day you grow one step closer to becoming an excellent doctor and living your dream. My first alarm rings...
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Applying smart to medical school: university choices

Where should I apply? The question every would-be medical student asks themselves. It is a tough one and is the most important decision you will make on your UCAS form. Where you apply really does make or break your application and the...
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11 do's and don'ts for your first year in med school

Medical School can be quite nerve-wracking and overwhelming at times, but do not panic. We have derived a list below of the 11 do's and don'ts for your first year in med school to help you out. Enjoy and good luck!
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How I prepared for my MMI as a prospective medical student

MMI stands for Multiple Mini Interviews. They are a circuit of stations that are generally around five to ten minutes long. Each of the stations has an interviewer and you are asked different questions in each. MMI stations can vary from...
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When to sit the UCAT (UKCAT)?

Summer is a busy time. Many students will be working and enjoying a break from their studies. Some students will be travelling, for part or all of the summer. And some students will be observing Ramadan, which overlaps with approximately...
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UKCAT Test Change 2016

The UKCAT Consortium has updated their website with information about the 2016 test format, including a new version of the UKCAT Official Guide and the three official practice tests.
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Decision Making – New for the 2016 UKCAT (for 2017 entry)

The UKCAT will include an entirely new section in 2016: Decision Making. Decision Making will be the second section of the UKCAT, coming after Verbal Reasoning and before Quantitative Reasoning. Decision Making has replaced Decision...
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Can the UCAT (UKCAT) be prepared for?

The simple answer: YES. To understand why, consider the nature of the UCAT (UKCAT). It’s fundamentally different from other exams, such as GCSEs or A-levels, that you may have taken or revised for. The UCAT consists of over 200...
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