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Is mid july to late august enough time to prepare for the UCAT and get a good score - ideally for Bristol
Original post by aneesh7
Is mid july to late august enough time to prepare for the UCAT and get a good score - ideally for Bristol

After your year 12 mock exams, whenever they may be, you can spend a hour a day revising. You can choose to book your UCAT somewhere in September.
Original post by aneesh7
Is mid july to late august enough time to prepare for the UCAT and get a good score - ideally for Bristol

Hey, there certainly is enough time. I only started prep mid-July because I was a lil occupied (had a couple of internships) and prepped for the UCAT in abt a month. Secured a 3000.
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Original post by Tulipbloom
Hey, there certainly is enough time. I only started prep mid-July because I was a lil occupied (had a couple of internships) and prepped for the UCAT in abt a month. Secured a 3000.

Yeah Im only starting later because I have school exams on the first week of July, still trying to do a little bit here and there
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Re Bristol. It has a very high UCAT requirement indeed. I suggest you just try as hard as you possibly can to get the best score possible for you. When you have it put your info into the which medical school Uberthread and see what your strategic options are at that point.

To get the highest score you can you will need to put some significant effort into it. Likely to be more than an hour a day and plan your summer around it.

I strongly suggest to anyone looking to do the UCAT if you can give yourself a week or so after your summer exams to unwind and then throw yourself into UCAT prep.
Aim to do it sooner in the testing season than later. And certainly NOT September.

A number of reasons for this a) don’t try and do it when back in school.

The Sept term is going to be super busy, lots of schools do further exams then to refine predicted grades for those applying in Jan but those applying in Oct get caught up in it.

Ask your teachers NOW when their deadline for receipt of medical applications is. UCAS may be mid October but schools sometimes want it into them a month before. This creates a time squeeze.

You should be aiming to go back to school with a first cut of your PS ideally. Although the vast majority of med schools do not really consider your PS at the sift for interview stage, but may use it to inform interview points so important, those that do look at it, really look at it. So you have to check if the ones you are applying to do, and then see what they are looking for (and get that evidence if you haven’t got it!) - and then craft thr PS.

So to craft the PS you have have read and analysed the respective application policies in detail. To do that you need to know where your best fit strategic choices are. To do that, you need to have your UCAT score.

To get all that done it messes with your summer plans, holidays etc, and you WILL want a bit of relaxing time before you hit school in Sept. Deciding and researching your strategic choices can take time. So end August gone.. so end July/start Aug latest for UCAT latest is my normal advice. But if you have exams in July that will be tight. So just plan your summer carefully with an eye to the end submission date and work backwards. If you start prep after exams and push hard on UCAT you should be ok. you can also push the test back in an emergency if needed.

You can also (if timings work) out try and slide in some open days in the Autumn series for those that you have plotted as your strategic options. This isn’t to see if you really like them to be honest (as your strategic options will be what they are - but you may have a bit of flex) but mostly it’s to pick up stuff you can point to at interview if you are lucky enough to be invited.

It’s going to be full on, but it is so important that you give it the time and energy that it needs. Get medify or medentry. Get yourself to a laptop or computer, get a number pad, and practice. Good luck, and hopefully one of your strategic options will turn out to be Bristol in the end !

PS. If a home student Look at the UCAT bursary. If you are eligible make sure you apply, it can help in lots of ways, both financially, but also at the sift for interview stage.
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