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How to Study: UCAT® Timetable

To do list

Step 1:
Information Gathering

January - April
Research which schools you are interested in applying to and check their specific exam requirements.
Note that some schools may require the UCAT/BMAT for graduate entry programmes too, so make sure you prep for the right exam at the right stage.

Step 2:
Register & Plan

From May onwards
  • Research test centres near you and book your UCAT test date.
  • Schedule your preparation course approximately 4 weeks before your test date. This will give you enough time to work through all your practice material and learn all the key strategies and techniques.
Book your test date with Pearson Vue:

Get a sneak peek into the UCAT with our Free UCAT Short Test:
  • The further in advance you book, the greater your choice of available test dates at your desired location.
  • Plan to prepare in the way you learn best, i.e. classes, tutoring, self-study.
Attend your Kaplan Course
4-Week Test Countdown Begins!

Step 3:

Week 1
  • Start with taking your Kaplan UCAT course. It is best not to start reviewing too many practice questions beforehand, as this can lead to the early learning of bad habits!
  • Once you have completed your course, you now have access to your Online Study Plan. This includes 6 full-length practice tests and 30 quizzes.
  • Take Practice Test 1 to help identify your weaker areas and establish a score to build from.
  • Want Extra Practice? Kaplan course students can also purchase our UCAT Question Bank with over 4500 Customisable Practice Questions and 3 additional full-length practice tests
Included course resources:
  • -6 full-length practice tests
  • -30 section-focused quizzes
  • -Over 500 additional mastery practice questions
  • -Kaplan UCAT Strategy Book
  • -The Future Doctors Channel
  • -An extra UCAT Lesson E-Book
  • Replicate actual test conditions when you take the full-length tests. Do not use your study materials.
  • Don't spend too long on any single question, as you will run out of time & valuable marks!

Step 4:
Assess your progress

Week 2-3
  • As you identify areas that you need to work on, it's best to go ahead and review the relevant online videos from the course, to make sure you understand the strategies and techniques.
  • Follow up your video review with practice using your mastery questions and section-focused quizzes.
  • Continue to work through your full-length practice tests, going through the detailed explanations to help you identify areas that need more practice and review!
  • Work through your UCAT Question Bank resources, and have a go at customising questions to target your practice.
Download the General Medical Council’s free ‘Good Medical Practice’ App - the free guide to medical professionalism included will help you with your situational judgement section.
  • Remember to keep reviewing your stronger areas and spending extra time on your weaker areas.

Step 5:
Run up to test day

Week 4
  • Keep studying through the home stretch! Review each of the lessons and strategy sessions from your course book and online videos.
  • Make sure to take note of what you can and cannot bring into the test centre.
  • Get a good night's sleep!
  • Take the 3 extra practice tests included with the UCAT Question Bank to help identify areas that may need further review.
  • Take time each day in the week before the test to relax and have fun with friends and family. Time away from the UCAT will help reduce stress.
  • Remember you will be one of few UCAT test takers to have prepared thoroughly for the UCAT exam, giving you a huge advantage on test day.

Step 5:
Test Day!

  • Plan to get to the test centre approximately 30 minutes early, so you won't be late.
  • Answer every question.
  • Tell us how you did! We love to hear about our students' test day experiences
  • Bring a snack to eat before you enter the test room.
  • Note: You will not be able to bring anything into the test room with you - a locker will be provided.
CONGRATULATIONS! Now relax & celebrate.