You’ll have the whole of July to take the UCAT, so it’s a good idea to sit down and think about if you have any other deadlines or holidays planned during this time.
The UCAT takes around six weeks of preparation, so we’d recommend booking the test for a time where you know you’ll have this length of time to prep beforehand.
For example, if you have a family holiday booked early July, it may not be a good idea to book your UCAT the day you get back as you won’t have had much time to prepare! If you have a part-time job, think about how you can fit this around your UCAT prep, so you can give yourself as much time as possible.
It’s important to have a brief look at the format of the test and questions before you book your test – just in case it seems incredibly difficult and you feel you may need slightly longer to prepare (and especially if, as above, you have other commitments in July).
Spend some time familiarising yourself with the format of the test and the kinds of questions you may be asked to get a feel for it before you decide on a date. Once you’ve spent some time completing a few questions you’ll be able to guage how long it’ll take you to get comfortable with them.
Depending on your commitments, it may be a good idea to select a date near the mid to end of July to give yourself the longest preparation time – but this is entirely up to you!
4. Find your revision materials
The best way to practise for the UCAT is to practise online on a computer, to simulate the real thing. You can use the practice questions and mock tests in our UCAT Question Bank for this.
The more you practise, the more you’ll find the most effective revision strategies for you – whether that’s breaking down your prep into a few hours per day, or dedicating one day to it, with breaks, per week.