UKCAT Practice Tests & Top Resources
Your definitive round-up of UKCAT practice tests & preparation resources. Videos, guides, links, tips, tricks, expert advice & feedback from candidates. It’s all here. Let’s get started!
3 useful starting-point resources
- This is our recommended UKCAT practice test.
- Our success guides for verbal, quantitative & abstract reasoning are here.
- You can find our Ultimate Interview & Assessment Day Guide here – it’s filled with useful advice and resources that will help you succeed.
How will this article help me pass my UKCAT test?
This article will give you the preparation tools you need to succeed.
On this page you’ll find multiple UKCAT practice tests and dozens of resources that will help you pass each element of the test.
This is a very useful and free resource so remember to bookmark it for future reference & share it with friends & classmates.
Sound good? Let’s get started! First of all we’ll quickly cover the basics.
What is the UKCAT test?
The UKCAT test (AKA “UK Clinical Aptitude Test”) is used by universities in the selection process for medical and dental degree applications. It is a requirement for around 75% of British universities.
What’s the format of the UKCAT test? What should I expect from a UKCAT practice test?
Any UKCAT practice test will be computer-based and you will have two hours to complete it. Here’s a very useful video from UKCAT that will give you a decent foundational understanding:
In a moment we’ll go through the elements of the test in more detail. But firstly, I’d like to reiterate two crucial points from this video.
- Book your UKCAT test slot early – Aim for a slot just at the end of the summer holidays so you give yourself the whole summer to prepare. (Take the pressure off yourself and give yourself the best chance to succeed.)
- Do lots of UKCAT practice tests – There’s a variety of tests around the web and my recommendation is that you try them all. Exposing yourself to a wide variety of test scenarios exponentially increases your chance of success.
- UKCAT practice test 1 (JobTestPrep) – A must-do. This professional UKCAT practice pack contains 1,000+ practice questions, explanations and solving tips. Great for learning the insider ‘tricks’ of the test (distraction, time management etc).
- Free UKCAT Practice Test Questions (JobTestPrep) – This is a super-useful PDF, give it a read.
- UKCAT practice test 2 (UKCAT) – This is also a must-do. The official practice test.
- UKCAT preparation toolkit (UKCAT) – Plenty of handy links here from the offical UKCAT consortium.
- UKCAT practice app – Get this on the App Store or Google Play Store.
- UKCAT practice questions (GetIntoMedicine) – Helpful site, lots of great advice here, check it out.
- UKCAT example questions (KAPLAN) – Free UKCAT example test questions.
- UKCAT practice package (MedSchoolSuccess) – This covers your personal statement and work experience along with practice questions and med school info.
- UKCAT practice test (OnExamination) – 160 practice questions covering the full spectrum of assessment criteria.
Ok, you’ve got tons of links here for both free & paid practice (and there’s many more below for each test element), now let’s get into the detail of the test itself.
Where do I sit my UKCAT test?
You can sit UKCAT practice tests online, but the official UKCAT test is sat at Pearson Vue Centres across the UK. Wondering what to expect on the day? Watch this short animation:
How it a UKCAT test score calculated?
Here’s a great explanation of how your overall UKCAT test score is calculated.
The 5 elements of the UKCAT test
All good UKCAT practice tests will cover the 5 areas that are measured in the UKCAT test:
> Verbal Reasoning
> Quantitative Reasoning
> Abstract Reasoning
> Decision Analysis
> Situational Judgement
Let’s take a look at each UKCAT test element in more detail.
UKCAT Practice Tests – Verbal Reasoning
This part of a UKCAT practice test will examine your ability to interrogate and evaluate information provided to you in a written format. You will be given 22 minutes to complete 44 elements – that equates to 30 seconds per question, so you’ve got to work swiftly.
The questions will be multiple choice so remember to read them carefully as concentration really is the key here.
You should read my verbal reasoning success guide to learn proven strategies for this type of test.
UKCAT Practice Tests – Verbal Reasoning Video
Here’s a useful video from a UKCAT test applicant speaking about his experiences of the verbal reasoning element of a UKCAT practice test.
UKCAT Practice Tests – Verbal Reasoning Resources
Here’s a mega-list of useful verbal reasoning resources:
- http://www.wikijob.co.uk/wiki/verbal-reasoning (sign up required)
Ok, let’s move on from verbal reasoning and look at the next element of the UKCAT test.
UKCAT Practice Tests – Quantitative Reasoning
All good UKCAT practice tests will include this. “Quantitative reasoning” sounds rather grand, but this is simply a numerical reasoning test, or “maths test” in other words!
This second part of the UKCAT test will look at how you can examine numerical information and how well you make evaluations based upon it. You will have a total of 24 minutes to answer 36 questions. (You’ll have a calculator on screen, to aid with your calculations.)
All parts of the UKCAT test are multiple choice but that’s arguably least helpful in this element of the test where it’s more difficult to make inferences than, for example, in the verbal element.
As always, my recommendation is practice, practice, practice. Check out my Numerical Reasoning Hub and also my numerical reasoning success podcast to learn how to ace this part of your UKCAT practice test.
UKCAT Practice Tests – Quantitative Reasoning Resources
Here’s another mega-list of useful resources that you can use if you need extra support in this area.
- My numerical reasoning success podcast episode
- http://www.wikijob.co.uk/wiki/numerical-reasoning (sign up required)
UKCAT Test – Quantitative Reasoning Video
This short video has a few useful nuggets of information:
UKCAT Practice Tests – Abstract Reasoning
This part of the test is a psychometric evaluation which assesses your overall intelligence and judgement. Yikes. Does that sound a bit scary? For many people this is the hardest part of the test, but don’t worry, as always success simply comes down to preparation.
You will be shown words, pictures and diagrams and you’ll need to establish the relationship or pattern between them. You’ll have 13 minutes to answer 55 questions, so be sure to practise at pace.
(You may find it useful to read my Watson-Glaser Test page here – this is a test for barristers that’s roughly equivalent to the UKCAT for that profession- and it centres almost entirely around logical and abstract reasoning. It would be a good deep-dive for you, especially if you learn that you’re falling down in this area during your UKCAT practice tests.)
UKCAT Practice Tests – Abstract Reasoning Video
This is an extremely useful UKCAT abstract reasoning video from James Mungall. (Thanks James, we’re loving your work!)
UKCAT Practice Tests – Abstract Reasoning Resources
Here’s a round up of useful UKCAT practice test resources that will help you prepare for the abstract reasoning element of your UKCAT practice test.
- http://www.practicetests.co.uk/Launchtest.asp# (email required)
Ok let’s move on to the final 2 elements of your UKCAT practice test.
UKCAT Practice Tests – Decision Analysis
The UKCAT practice test will be used to assess your ability to make sound judgements based on your interpretation of complex information. The information will be in the form of codes and a coded message.
During a UKCAT practice test you will be provided with multiple choice statements and you must decide which one applies. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by unrelated information! You will have a total of 31 minutes to answer 28 questions.
Here’s some useful quick-fire tips:
UKCAT Practice Tests – Decision Analysis Resources
We’re straying into the realms of cryptography here and that’s something I personally know very little about, so I’m going to refer you to these fanstastic resources which include example questions and codes that are perfect for your UKCAT practice test prep.
Let’s move on to the last element of your UKCAT practice test, which is Situational Judgment.
UKCAT Practice Tests – Situational Judgment
Ok, this is the final section of the test – keep focussed!
This part of your UKCAT practice test establishes your ability to understand and relate to real life situations and scenarios. You will need to identify the key element of a hypothetical situation and select the best course of action based on the multiple choices provided. You will have 27 minutes to look at 67 items. (It’s really important to keep in mind that you need to base your answers on what the person should do, not what they might do. As with all elements of a UKCAT practice test you have to suspend your real-world knowledge and focus purely on the info you’re given.)
A useful & well-reviewed UCKAT practice test book
You may want to pick up a copy of this book it’s got great reviews on Amazon and is another UKCAT practice test resource that you should avail yourself of.
Two Final Top Tips For UKCAT Test Success
We’ve covered a lot of ground in this UKCAT practice test article, but I want to leave you with these two tips:
• Think in terms of Strategies. This is a great UKCAT article, with some really helpful ideas in terms of your overall strategy.
A (very important) final point…
Remember that the UKCAT tests evolves with each passing year. For the most up-to-date information you should always check the UKCAT consortium’s offical website. Their website is here, they are on Facebook here and Twitter here.
Give this examination the respect it deserves – this is your future! Take some UKCAT practise tests and identify the areas where you’re weak. Focus on practising those areas.
I wish you the best of luck with your UKCAT test and your career. Thanks for reading!
More articles of mine that may help you
I hope you enjoyed this UKCAT practice test roundup? I’ve written tons of other articles that will help you:
- Do you have to take a numerical reasoning test or a verbal reasoning test? If so you may want to check out the aptitude tests section of the site.
- You can find practice tests and tons of free advice on every other type of ‘reasoning test’ too: numerical, verbal, abstract, logical, inductive, diagrammatic, spatial, mechanical comprehension, UKCAT and Watson-Glaser tests.
- Worried about your assessment day? Maybe you’re worried about performing a presentation or preparing for an interview or group exercise or in-tray exercise?
- Be sure to check out my Ultimate Interview & Assessment Day Guide – it’s filled with tips, tricks and insider-secrets that will help you succeed on the big day.
- Perhaps you’d like some guidance on how to deal with nerves & anxiety at your interview?
- Lastly the Tools and Resources page is packed with useful equipment and ‘A’ List recommendations that will make your life easier.
I hope you enjoyed this free guide? I’d love to hear your feedback so please do get in touch and let me know. Thanks and good luck with your UKCAT test!