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Hi I am currently in year 12 and am plannin on repeating the year to switch subjects from BTEC engineering to A-level maths, bio,chem. So I've had a change of heart and want to go from engineering to medicine. Since I am not applying to uni next year am I allowed to do the ucat this year and next year and see which one is higher and use that result.

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Reply 2
Original post by zak.sa1
Hi I am currently in year 12 and am plannin on repeating the year to switch subjects from BTEC engineering to A-level maths, bio,chem. So I've had a change of heart and want to go from engineering to medicine. Since I am not applying to uni next year am I allowed to do the ucat this year and next year and see which one is higher and use that result.

u can only use the result from the summer before ur going into uni. so if u want to apply for 2026 entry then u need to do the UCAT in 2025 summer and only that result can be used
Reply 3
Original post by chan432
u can only use the result from the summer before ur going into uni. so if u want to apply for 2026 entry then u need to do the UCAT in 2025 summer and only that result can be used

ALright so if i did it this year i coudnt use it for my entry in 2 years time ?
Original post by zak.sa1
ALright so if i did it this year i coudnt use it for my entry in 2 years time ?

No - it has to be the one in the summer before application. Another option is applying a year early for deferred entry, but don't believe there are many courses that do this. You could also sit it this summer for a practice run, you just wouldn't be able to use the result for next year's application.
(edited 1 month ago)
Reply 5
Original post by aspiringgem
No - it has to be the one in the summer before application. Another option is applying a year early for deferred entry, but don't believe there are many courses that do this. You could also sit it this summer for a practice run, you just wouldn't be able to use the result for next year's application.

To be honest i'll still revise for it as if I were to do it this year but don't see the point of spending the money and going to officially sit it. Thanks for the help. BTW do u by chance know the best revision platform for it.
Original post by zak.sa1
To be honest i'll still revise for it as if I were to do it this year but don't see the point of spending the money and going to officially sit it. Thanks for the help. BTW do u by chance know the best revision platform for it.

Medify is by far the best
Reply 7
Original post by aspiringgem
Medify is by far the best

Do u think I should start revising now, I'm switching subjects in september to Bio,chem,maths so will be doing the ucat in the summer next year.
Original post by zak.sa1
Do u think I should start revising now, I'm switching subjects in september to Bio,chem,maths so will be doing the ucat in the summer next year.

Probs too early - you might get sick of it. I started 6 weeks before and found that to be enough. I'd advise starting something a few months before just to get a feel for it then judge from that how much prep you need.
Reply 9
Original post by aspiringgem
Probs too early - you might get sick of it. I started 6 weeks before and found that to be enough. I'd advise starting something a few months before just to get a feel for it then judge from that how much prep you need.

Ok thank you for that, I appreciate the help
Original post by zak.sa1
Ok thank you for that, I appreciate the help

icl i think it depends from person to person, for me i would have loved if i started early under no pressure get to know the sections familiarise yourself with them because trust me a levels are exhausting. with the ucat its very different to other exams you probs would have done its more about your critical skills verbal reasoning etc but u can prep for this and with enough time u will do great.
i also have personally tried medify and many others have also said the same thing: dont use one resource
personally i dont think medify is the best. the questions are harder, more stringently marked and for the verbal reasoning section in my ucat test it didnt mirror whatsoever
many people recommend medentry saying it more accuratley mirrored the questions in the real ucat also passmedicine is free its really good so try that too
i also used the isc book that really helped with my technique especially for verbal and abstract reasoning
many people will advice you on different things e.g dont use a book, i think do what suits u best at the end of the day you know yourself more.
also make sure u have work experience it doesnt have to be a hospital, hospital we is so hard to get usually people get it by nepotism. their parents are docs etc
i didnt do hospital we even though i went around and gave many hospitals and gps my CV and emailed alot no one replied back. what is more beneficial is volunteering in the community where you can actually gain valuable experiences which may mirror the key roles of healthcare workers. e.g volunteering at pharmacy, care home, school, charity shop.
i would advice you get as much work experience as you can and early. year 12 or this year in which you are sort of free i would utilise in work experience just to take off some pressure for the actual summer of y12
good luck!!!
Reply 11
Original post by p-high-sces
icl i think it depends from person to person, for me i would have loved if i started early under no pressure get to know the sections familiarise yourself with them because trust me a levels are exhausting. with the ucat its very different to other exams you probs would have done its more about your critical skills verbal reasoning etc but u can prep for this and with enough time u will do great.
i also have personally tried medify and many others have also said the same thing: dont use one resource
personally i dont think medify is the best. the questions are harder, more stringently marked and for the verbal reasoning section in my ucat test it didnt mirror whatsoever
many people recommend medentry saying it more accuratley mirrored the questions in the real ucat also passmedicine is free its really good so try that too
i also used the isc book that really helped with my technique especially for verbal and abstract reasoning
many people will advice you on different things e.g dont use a book, i think do what suits u best at the end of the day you know yourself more.
also make sure u have work experience it doesnt have to be a hospital, hospital we is so hard to get usually people get it by nepotism. their parents are docs etc
i didnt do hospital we even though i went around and gave many hospitals and gps my CV and emailed alot no one replied back. what is more beneficial is volunteering in the community where you can actually gain valuable experiences which may mirror the key roles of healthcare workers. e.g volunteering at pharmacy, care home, school, charity shop.
i would advice you get as much work experience as you can and early. year 12 or this year in which you are sort of free i would utilise in work experience just to take off some pressure for the actual summer of y12
good luck!!!

Yeah thanks for that thankfully I've got 4 weeks of work experience in hospitals and GP's and ive started duke of Edinburgh. I know these things look good on a medical application
Original post by p-high-sces
icl i think it depends from person to person, for me i would have loved if i started early under no pressure get to know the sections familiarise yourself with them because trust me a levels are exhausting. with the ucat its very different to other exams you probs would have done its more about your critical skills verbal reasoning etc but u can prep for this and with enough time u will do great.
i also have personally tried medify and many others have also said the same thing: dont use one resource
personally i dont think medify is the best. the questions are harder, more stringently marked and for the verbal reasoning section in my ucat test it didnt mirror whatsoever
many people recommend medentry saying it more accuratley mirrored the questions in the real ucat also passmedicine is free its really good so try that too
i also used the isc book that really helped with my technique especially for verbal and abstract reasoning
many people will advice you on different things e.g dont use a book, i think do what suits u best at the end of the day you know yourself more.
also make sure u have work experience it doesnt have to be a hospital, hospital we is so hard to get usually people get it by nepotism. their parents are docs etc
i didnt do hospital we even though i went around and gave many hospitals and gps my CV and emailed alot no one replied back. what is more beneficial is volunteering in the community where you can actually gain valuable experiences which may mirror the key roles of healthcare workers. e.g volunteering at pharmacy, care home, school, charity shop.
i would advice you get as much work experience as you can and early. year 12 or this year in which you are sort of free i would utilise in work experience just to take off some pressure for the actual summer of y12
good luck!!!

What is the "isc book that really helped with my technique especially for verbal and abstract reasoning" that you used? May I know the ISBN or title of the book please
Original post by zak.sa1
Hi I am currently in year 12 and am plannin on repeating the year to switch subjects from BTEC engineering to A-level maths, bio,chem. So I've had a change of heart and want to go from engineering to medicine. Since I am not applying to uni next year am I allowed to do the ucat this year and next year and see which one is higher and use that result.

Worth taking it this year as well just to get a feel for it. It's very different to other exams and requires a lot of practice/getting used to
Original post by Jonjon7
What is the "isc book that really helped with my technique especially for verbal and abstract reasoning" that you used? May I know the ISBN or title of the book please
its called ISC get into medical school 1250 UKCAT questions and practice mock
there's newer versions with more questions as well
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Reply 15
Could someone please explain the best way to revise for ucat and the timetable u used and got good results with. I feel like I'm revising but it's not the most effective method
Original post by zak.sa1
Could someone please explain the best way to revise for ucat and the timetable u used and got good results with. I feel like I'm revising but it's not the most effective method

Honestly Medify is so good - you can do full mock exams, or just one section, or a shorted set of questions (timed or untimed). It tells you what score you'd roughly get, where your strengths and weaknesses are, and is all digital so looks exactly like the real exam. It increased my score from 2500 to 3200.
Reply 17
Original post by aspiringgem
Honestly Medify is so good - you can do full mock exams, or just one section, or a shorted set of questions (timed or untimed). It tells you what score you'd roughly get, where your strengths and weaknesses are, and is all digital so looks exactly like the real exam. It increased my score from 2500 to 3200.

did u pay for the yearly or monthly subscription
Reply 18
Original post by aspiringgem
Honestly Medify is so good - you can do full mock exams, or just one section, or a shorted set of questions (timed or untimed). It tells you what score you'd roughly get, where your strengths and weaknesses are, and is all digital so looks exactly like the real exam. It increased my score from 2500 to 3200.

Please can u help me on the best way to utilise and use medium I just got a subscription and I've done some practice questions. Is that the best way to revise just practice questions over and over again. What's the way u did it
Reply 19
And also, it's only my first day of using medify and second week of revision. How long does it take to see improvements

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