Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

September 28, 2023, 01:47:33 am

Author Topic: Where to start with my UCAT prep?  (Read 2067 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.


  • Adventurer
  • *
  • Posts: 22
  • Respect: 0
Where to start with my UCAT prep?
« on: September 20, 2020, 09:49:04 pm »
Hi all, I'd like some advice please on where I should start with my UCAT prep

some background info:
- yr 11 student currently
- have attended a few icanmed UCAT lectures, one medentry lecture, and a few of the atarnotes UCAT lectures so I know the structure of the UCAT roughly and that time managment is very important. -->all of these were just free lectures
- am really bad at mental arithmetic
- not willing to pay for a UCAT program unless I'm really desperate

So should I just start doing practice questions regularly each day and try to find a method of doing the questions? Any free resources which explain methods of working out questions which you'd recommend?

thanks heaps in advance!


  • MOTM: AUG 18
  • Moderator
  • Part of the furniture
  • *****
  • Posts: 1068
  • All doom and Gloom.
  • Respect: +710
Re: Where to start with my UCAT prep?
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2020, 04:54:04 pm »
Hey there :)

I'd recommend starting with a mock just to gauge how far along the road you are in regards to getting your desired score, regardless of your current confidence levels. You can then map out your ideal study plan (which realistically won't be followed) and adjust as things (foreseen and unforeseen!) change.

Not willing to pay for a UCAT program - there are plenty of resources out there. However, your current proactiveness (which is absolutely brilliant by the way) might stretch your resources a bit thin, so look to target areas of weakness right now before really digging into those resources. I've posted this link elsewhere a few times, but here it is again, for convenience :). Just a site I used to pop on just for fun, it's straight out mental arithmetic (since you pinpointed that as an area of weakness). Track your scores as well, both to detect discrepancies and to map out improvement.

Again, with the proactive attitude, it's brilliant! It's not completely necessary to get completely stuck in, but I suggest you should (as you've already pointed out) 'try to find a method of doing the questions' that works for you. Free resources tend to provide answers as a bare minimum. I think you should only use free resources that have methods of working out displayed if you're seriously struggling because each approach is unique and if it does end up working and conflicting with suggested methods, it could end up being pretty bad - but that's just my take, so take it with a grain of salt. Do do questions regularly enough because as with anything, you've got to stay 'fit'. Understand also that lectures and seminars have diminishing returns and tend to waste your time after you've gone to a few (but they are free, I guess) - you're much better off devoting that time instead to practicing or your other school stuff which is going to help your ATAR immensely if you're planning on med entry.

Hope this helps :)
HSC 2018: Mod Hist [88] | 2U Maths [98]
HSC 2019: Physics [92] | Chemistry [93] | English Adv [87] | 3U Maths [98] | 4U Maths [97]
ATAR: 99.05

UCAT: 3310 - VR [740] | DM [890] | QR [880] | AR [800]
Guide Links:
Subject Acceleration (2018)
UCAT Question Compilation/FAQ (2020)
Asking good questions