Briefly looking at the content of the UCAT and then creating your timetable from there is key. You need 6 weeks to prepare for the test, so we’d recommend booking the test after a you find a 6-week block of time you can focus on your prep beforehand.
I’d recommend having a quick look at the different sections of the UCAT and trying a few questions just so you have a flavour of the test, then go online and book a test date – that way there’s no room for procrastinating!
2. Divide your time – but be realistic
It’s important to be realistic when creating your UCAT timetable. If you’ve got a day packed with extracurricular activities and volunteering, it might be hard to fit UCAT prep in.
Some students plan to spend three or four hours per day preparing for the test, but this isn’t realistic – the best thing to do is to fit yourUCAT prep around your normal routine and other commitments.
When you first begin your UCAT prep, one hour of practise a day is fine – and escalating to two or three when your exam approaches is plenty!
3. Focus on your weakest areas
We all like doing things we’re good at – but this isn’t how you’ll improve your UCAT score! For example, if you can do long division in your head in a few seconds, don’t practise Quantitative Reasoning again and again in place of the other sections.
You’ll benefit much more from focusing on your weakest areas – so make sure when you’re creating your UCAT timetable you factor this in.
4. Keep the practice papers for later
When you’re creating your UCAT timetable keep in mind that there are only a certain number of practice papers – so make sure you don’t use them all up at the beginning of your preparation, or you’ll be left with nothing else closer to your test!
Sometimes students are tempted to rush through every past paper they can get their hands on early in their practice, but this makes preparing much harder towards the end as you’ll run out of material.