(Original post by funky386)
Hi, well basically I am hoping to apply to medical school and am planning to take the UKCAT at the end of the summer holidays. I have now looked at some questions and am basically pooing myself with the lack of time!!
So me and my mum have agreed to do some courses and buy some books.
So, can I ask you guys what are the best courses for preparing for the UKCAT? The Medic Portal and KAPLAN ones sound best - but I'm new to all this so you'd know a lot more than me!
Also what books should I get? There's quite a lot to choose from, should I just get as many as possible?
And one more thing, I have quite bad anxiety, for those who have done the UKCAT, how do you manage reading those long passages with so little time without panicking?
Thank you so much for your help!
Ooooh! Our ears are burning
We think our UKCAT Courses are great, but you can decide for yourself if it's right for you! Why not have a read of our testimonials page
Regarding general UKCAT preparation, don't worry about 'pooing yourself' over it
. Many applicants get very stressed about it, so you're not the only one.
The UKCAT exam is sat by applicants from the 1st July 2016, and testing closes on the 21st September. This means you have looooooooaaaads of time to practice.
There are great resources available on the UKCAT site.
Click on the preparation tab
on that site, and have a thorough read of all the info, watch/listen to all the tutorials - you can never be too prepared!
Also, they have UKCAT practice tests in the Candidate Preparation Toolkit
This page on The Student Room
also has lots of advice on the UKCAT, including resources to use to help you practice!
Plus, we've got a UKCAT Question Bank
packed with over 2000 practice questions, and it's free to sign up and access the first 50.
We would recommend that you don't go all-out now though. You don't want to get too exhausted. Why don't you try an hour or two a week going through the format of the test, maybe doing a couple of questions from every section. This will help to get your brain in gear, and your mind acclimatised to the layout of the exam.
We hope this helps,
The Medic Portal
p.s. According to the UKCAT site, you won't be marked on your performance in the new Decision Making