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If only a year earlier!
on 24 September 2012
Having been through the whole application process before, including doing both UKCAT and BMAT, any resource to make life a little easier is worth a read. Before sitting my UKCAT last year, I went on a Kaplan UKCAT course - immeasurably helpful at putting nerves at ease but overpriced and arguably giving the test a clear bias, favouring those who can afford access to revision material vs. those who can't. That's why, when this book came out, I wanted to have a look. It has a completely reasonable price, one that if not affordable for a student, I'm sure would be affordable for any school library/ department.
So, the content. I'm currently a first year medical student at Oxford University, however all my other 3 UCAS options required UKCAT so I spent a great deal of time preparing. Especially using the material provided at the end of the Kaplan course. This book takes all that they provided over that 2 day course, and puts it effectively into one comprehensive text. There are copious amounts of practice tests/ questions, matched with effective tips for success on test day. There are section specific chapters, followed by sensible tips on how to best approach test day, and even tips for those with learning difficulties.
My lowest score was on the VR section. Having always thought AR and QR would be my biggest challenge, I neglected their 3 point VR technique and greatly regret it. Written by well informed authors, this text should deservedly form the main part of your UKCAT preparation. It allows you to single out your true weaknesses at the start, so the honing-in process can be carried out quicker and more effectively. At the end, there are realistic tests to measure your progress. My biggest qualm with other of the more famous UKCAT texts is that their practice material falls short of the length and style of the actual exam. This book gets it spot on.
I ended up with 748, my VR score bringing my average down considerably. Don't let this happen to you - get this book.