UCAT Workshop – Course Info
7 hours of intense tuition in all four sections of the UCAT. It’s the perfect foundation upon which to build your own revision.
How we do things
People often describe UCAT as an exam that “cannot be prepared for”. We disagree. It’s true that the style of the test means that there aren’t any facts to learn (unlike BMAT), but you can absolutely familiarize yourself with the different sections, and practice techniques that will get you through each question in a timely fashion. These techniques are what we’ll be teaching you on the UCAT Crash Course.
As a team of medical students from some of the UK’s top universities, we’ve been through every book and course on the market, and formulated practical strategies for each section of UCAT. We’ll work through example questions with you, and teach you the methods that will get you the answer in the shortest amount of time.
That’ll be our primary focus on the day. In addition, you’ll get a copy of our UCAT Strategy Guide, containing more practice questions, tips for each section and advanced techniques not covered on the course. Finally, you’ll have support from us until the day of the exam and beyond – whether you’re stuck on a question, want a critical analysis of your personal statement or need advice for interviews, our team will be just an email away, and happy to help.
Please be aware though, that our course isn’t a magic bullet that will instantly get you a score of 800 – the UCAT is a tough exam, and you’re going to have to put in many hours of preparation in your own time to do well. Our aim is simply to make that process as painless as possible for you. If we can do that, we’ll be happy.
Below you’ll find a rough timetable of what we aim to cover during the course. Time is severely restricted, so we ask that students arrive at 9:45am so we can make a prompt start at 10:00 (or even before). The course ends at 6:00pm, but our instructors stay behind for half an hour or so to answer questions and chat about applications and the like. If you scroll down further you’ll find a more detailed breakdown of our strategy for each section of UCAT. As always, if you’ve got any questions, please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.
|10:00 – 10:30||Introduction + General Advice – Preparation, Practice, Strategy|
|10:00 – 11:45||Verbal Reasoning – Strategy, Tips & Practice Questions|
|11:45 – 11:50||Break|
|11:50 – 13:35||Quantitative Reasoning – Strategy, Tips & Practice Questions|
|13:35 – 14:25||Lunch|
|14:25 – 16:55||Abstract Reasoning – Strategy, Tips & Practice Questions|
|15:55 – 16:00||Break|
|16:00 – 17:00||Decision Making – Strategy, Tips & Practice Questions|
|17:00 – 18:00||Situational Judgment – Strategy, Tips & Practice Questions|
|18:00 – 18:10||General Advice + Q&A|
What we offer
Our approach to the 5 sections
44 questions | 21 minutes
This section tests your ability to critically reason statements and how they relate to the passages given. The questions themselves aren’t necessarily difficult, but the strict time limit is what makes this the section with the lowest average mark.
On the course, we’ll be introducing you to the different types of statements that always come up, and going over techniques that’ll speed up your comprehension of the text and help you find the right answer in the shortest amount of time. Note that we will also focus on teaching a very specific approach for every question type, which will hopefully be second nature to you by test day and really boost your score in this section. There will be plenty of interactive practice questions in the course where you will be able to put our apply our strategies and get valuable feedback at the same time.
36 questions | 24 minutes
Although there’s nothing in this section beyond the level of GCSE Maths, we find that students often use inefficient methods and therefore waste valuable time.
The good news is that they ask the same types of questions over and over again. We will quickly yet effectively run through every possible mathematical principle tested and make sure you have a strong grasp of these before tackling exam-style practice questions with interactive feedback. No doubt you should expect us to teach you all the important formulae, mental maths tricks and how to use the on-screen calculator effectively. We place a large focus on time-management and ways of speeding up in general, including knowing when to skip and how to analyse data more efficiently. Finally, we’ll show you the common traps that people always fall into, and make sure you that you won’t.
55 questions | 13 minutes
Identifying patterns in pretty shapes should be a welcome break from the stress of the previous two sections, and with a solid system in place, you can really raise your score here. Unfortunately, this section is known to be highly unpredictable. Patterns can be painfully obvious, or ridiculously obscure and as usual, the objective is to beat the clock.
Thankfully though, there are only so many patterns they can throw at you before they run out. We’ll show you the basics first, the simpler patterns that are always repeated. We’ll then challenge you with some of the tougher ones, and train you to spot similarities and differences with ease. For all of this, we teach you a strategy that will hep you spot all the basic patterns with ease and have a good shot at the more advanced patterns. Ultimately, our aim for this section is to give you a system that works 90% of the time no matter how nervous or tired you are. You will have lots of opportunities to put into practice our strategies in class, where we will provide feedback on how you can boost your score in this section.
29 questions | 31 minutes
In Decision Making, you will have to use a number of different techniques to answer the different types of questions, and it can be difficult to juggle all these different methods. More than in any other section, the question types in this section can vary a large amount.
We have carefully taken apart this section and created a set of techniques for each question type. This section isn’t easy, but we’ll make it as bearable as possible and give you the best shot at doing well in this section.
69 questions | 26 minutes
The Situational Judgement section of the UCAT doesn’t contribute to your overall UCAT score, but instead a raw score in this section will be expressed in one of four bands, with band 1 being the highest. Universities use the result of this section in different ways and even though it might seem like common sense, make sure you don’t underestimate its importance. SJTs are used all the time in medical selection, notably in applications for foundation programme jobs.
We’ll go through the correct approach for all SJT questions and how to work with a strategic framework that will help you become more confident in putting down an ethically robust answer. By the end of the course, you should be able to systematically judge any situation they give you and pick the best response. As with all the sections, we will be dishing out important advice from previous high scorers and interactively walk you through a number of practice questions.