|No commercially available preparation courses are endorsed by the medical and dental schools that use the UKCAT and the website states that 'coaching is not necessary, desirable or advantageous.'
However, practicing the questions is essential and you can learn what sort of things to look out for in the Abstract reasoning. Free practice tests which closely mimic the live test are available on the UKCAT website here.
There is also a detailed question tutorial on the UKCAT website here.
Familiarising yourself with the styles of questions has been found to be useful and some people recommend getting hold of some old 11+ style test papers for practice. Practice questions for each section of the UKCAT can be found with each section.
Thanks goes to Lu-x (unless otherwise credited) for finding and collecting them all together.
The UKCAT book, 'Get into Medicine - 600 UKCAT Practice Questions', is highly recommended for practice questions - 'Get into Medicine - 600 UKCAT Practice Questions' can be found here. Comments gathered from this forum show that this is the best preparation book, with questions matching the level of the exam, except for quantitative reasoning which is harder in the book but provides excellent practice for the most challenging exam questions.
The Medic Portal has specialist resources and courses designed specifically to help students master the UKCAT, and boost their chances of getting into top universities. If you sign up to the website, you instantly gain access to 50+ free UKCAT questions with worked answers. You can also subscribe to access around 2000 more. Additionally, they've got plenty of free information explaining every section of the UKCAT, and how the test is used by universities.
The Medic Portal also offers 100% recommended UKCAT Courses created by doctors in cities all over the UK. Click here to learn more about their Mastering the UKCAT course. This course comes with their best-selling Mastering The UKCAT book. It covers every section, focusing on theory as well as practice questions. It can be bought here on Amazon.
BlackStone Tutors specialise in UKCAT and BMAT preparation services. Their intensive courses are provided by current doctors and medical students. A selection of free preparation resources are available on their website. Free Resources
JobTestPrep.co.uk's website has free UKCAT practice materials as well as over 1,000 UKCAT questions, explanations, solving strategies and video tutorials. They offer live and Skype-based courses and tuition services. They also invite users to take part in UKCAT competitions, where they answer challenging questions with the possibility of winning prizes. - 'Their free UKCAT content can be found here'
AssessmentCentreHQ is a very useful site that has tons of free tests and 'success guides' for all aspects of the UKCAT test. Their numerical reasoning section, in particular, is excellent. Their free UKCAT guide has tons of free practice tests and tips etc: 'www.assessmentcentrehq.com/ukcat-practice-test'
GetIntoMedicine.co.uk is a site run by current medical students and features hundreds of free UKCAT practice questions with detailed answers, in addition to tutorials for each subtest - 'GetIntoMedicine.co.uk' can be found here
Kaplan Test Prep’s website offers a number of free resources for the UKCAT, including; a full-length practice test, practice questions and seminars. Kaplan also offer a range of courses to cater for different preparation needs, all of which are updated to include the 2013 test changes.- 'Kaplan' can be found here
Medify is a website that has various free resources for UKCAT preparation and practice, and courses from 1 week to 3 months can be bought. New from 2012 and was highly successful - 'Medify' can be found here
Medic Mind Book 6 UKCAT ebooks which have over 400 pages worth of theory and questions £15 'Medic Mind Book can be found here'
Another highly recommended book, 'How to pass the UKCAT and BMAT' - can be found here, can be found to be effectively when coupled with the free example questions on the UKCAT website.
Whilst these books are readily available online for purchase, it is worth checking your local library as they may be available for borrowing although you are advised that you may have to wait a while in order to borrow them.
In addition to the aforementioned books, there are also a number of intensive courses - probably the most highly recommended in terms of quality and value being the UKCAT Crash Course. It's £129 for the day, which is cheaper than Kaplan and others.
Medic Mind Classroom Course -can be found here Medic Mind offers the most affordable UKCAT course in the UK at £35. Includes free Medic Mind Book and Online Video Course.
Medic Mind Mentoring Program - can be found here. Be mentored for 6 weeks until your UKCAT exam and receive 24/7 support from your mentor where you can ask as many questions as you like.
- A 1-1 mentoring day at UCL
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This looks at how logically people can think about written information and whether they can arrive at a well reasoned conclusion.
You are given a passage of text to read and then presented with 4 separate statements. Your task is simply to judge whether or not the statement follows logically from information presented in the passage. The choices are 'true' if it does follow on logically, 'false' if it doesn't and 'can't tell' if you can't tell from the information you've been given.
Medic Mind sample verbal reasoning can be found here
The Medic Portal's UKCAT Question Bank - Click on the Verbal Reasoning section to subscribe for hundreds of practice questions.
Verbal Reasoning Mini-Mock Exam and Answers
'Get into Medicine - 600 UKCAT Practice Questions'
http://www.assessmentcentrehq.com/psychometric-tests/verbal-reasoning/ - Excellent verbal reasoning practice page with lots of examples and tips.
http://www.jobtestprep.co.uk/freeverbal.aspx - Free Verbal Reasoning questions
http://www.getintomedicine.co.uk - Free questions
http://ukcatpracticeonline.com/homepagelinks/SampleVerbalReasoning.html (thanks to thecutiepie for posting)
This assesses your ability to solve numerical problems. You will need to solve problems by using information from tables and graphs. You need some background knowledge for this part of the test, but only GCSE level.
You're presented with 10 tables/charts/graphs and asked 4 questions on each with a choice of 5 different answers for each question.
The Medic Portal's UKCAT Question Bank - Click on the Quantitative Reasoning section to subscribe for hundreds of practice questions.
Quantitative Reasoning Mini-Mock Exam and Answers
http://www.assessmentcentrehq.com/numerical-reasoning-practice-test/ - Free numerical reasoning practice tests and resource hub, very useful.
http://www.jobtestprep.co.uk/freenumerical.aspx - Free Numerical Reasoning tests
http://ukcatpracticeonline.com/homepagelinks/SampleQuantitativeReasoning.html (thanks to thecutiepie for posting)
http://www.aptitudetestsonline.com/quizzes/freenumerical.asp (password: demo)
This assesses your ability to find patterns when looking at some groups of shapes.
You are given 2 sets of shapes. All of the shapes in each set are similar in some way, but there is no link between the 2 different sets. For each pair of sets, you are given 5 'test shapes' and you need to identify which set each fits in with or whether it fits with neither.
The Medic Portal's UKCAT Question Bank - Click on the Abstract Reasoning section to subscribe for hundreds of practice questions.
Abstract Reasoning Mini-Mock exam and Answers
'Get into Medicine - 600 UKCAT Practice Questions'
http://ukcatpracticeonline.com/homepagelinks/SampleAbstractReasoning.html (thanks to thecutiepie for posting)
http://www.practicetests.co.uk/Launchtest.asp# (email/name required)
http://discovery.axiomsoftware.com/abstract/abstract.php (email/name required)
Decision Making (Replaced Decision Analysis in 2016)
The new Decision Making subtest tests your ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information.
You have to answer 29 items associated with text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams.