UCAT Preparation: UCAT Practice Papers
Want to know how to prepare for UCAT? The format of the UCAT differs from the previously used UMAT exam, so detailed preparation is essential. On this page we offer a range of resources for UCAT practice papers and detailed tips to help you prepare for UCAT.
Your UCAT score will be used by different medical schools in Australia and New Zealand to determine which students are invited to interview, so it’s important to prepare for UCAT well and maximise your chances of an offer!
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How to Prepare for UCAT
To prepare for UCAT, you should be following these four main steps:
- Understand the format of the UCAT
- Be aware of the test timings
- Practise using UCAT questions
- Learn UCAT preparation strategies to improve
You can find out more about each stage below.
When should you start studying for UCAT?
It’s recommended that you start studying for UCAT six weeks before your test date. This is the average amount of time that UCAT preparation takes, so it’s a good idea to make sure you give yourself this time to practise.
Unsure when to book your test? Read more on our blog, Which UCAT Test Date Should I Book?. You can see our UCAT preparation tips below.
UCAT Preparation Tips
1. Understand the Format of UCAT
This is a key way to prepare for UCAT. Unlike UMAT, the UCAT has five sections – make sure you familiarise yourself with each one by reading up on them here:
It’s important to make sure you understand what each section is assessing, and the kinds of questions you’ll be asked. This can then help to guide your UCAT preparation – for example:
- Numeracy skills are key for Quantitative Reasoning, so have you brushed up on doing calculations and mental maths?
- Professionalism is extremely important in Situational Judgement, so a good idea would be to read through the Australian Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice for guidance
More tips for each section are included on each of the links above to help you prepare for UCAT.
Want to know more about the difference between the UMAT and UCAT? Read our UMAT to UCAT page to see key differences here.
2. Be aware of your UCAT Timings
When practising, make sure you’re aware of how much time you spend on each UCAT section:
3. Practise using UCAT ANZ Practice Papers
Step two to UCAT preparation: lots of practice! Practising is key to a good UCAT score. A good way of starting this might be to take a look at different types of UCAT question (which you can do on our UCAT Question Bank) to familiarise yourself with the formatting and using the online calculator.
Preparing for UMAT was very different, as the UMAT was a paper exam. UCAT is a computerised test and the online platform may take a while to get used to, so we’d recommend starting early.
After completing several practice questions and looking at the answer explanations, the next step is to attempt full UCAT practice papers under timed conditions to get used to the time constraints of the real exam.
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4. Learn UCAT preparation strategies to improve
Once you have completed UCAT practice papers, the next step is to use this to learn where your weakest areas are so you can improve your score.
After completing some UCAT practice papers, have a read through the answer explanations to see where your answers were incorrect. This can be a very helpful way of understanding how the UCAT is marked, what examiners are looking for as well as any tricks to watch out for next time.
For example, Verbal Reasoning ‘True/False/Can’t Tell’ questions can often be difficult if the subject is something you have prior knowledge of, so practising will help you avoid any common errors!
If you scored particularly highly in one section but your score dropped with Abstract Reasoning, it might be a good idea to focus on that area to boost your overall score. You can do this by reading our tips for each section on our UCAT Guide and continuing your UCAT practice. Good luck!