UCAT Introductory Course: Sunday, 9th June 2019

What is the UCAT?

The UCAT (the University Clinical Aptitude Test) is used by many universities to screen candidates applying for Medicine and Dentistry courses.  It is designed to test candidates’ skills in areas such as the manipulation of data, analysing information, deductive reasoning and the making of decisions.  The UCAT is also a standardising test, allowing universities to compare a wide variety of candidates from different educational backgrounds, using a uniform measure.  It helps decide which candidates have the qualities best suited to their career, and is used in conjunction with the UCAS application and academic qualifications.  The best source of further detailed information is the UCAT website: www.ucat.ac.uk.

Why prepare for the UCAT?

The UCAT tests aptitude rather than specific knowledge, so prolonged coaching is not necessarily advantageous.  However, candidates tend not to have equal skills in all areas of the test, nor may they be acquainted with the kind of examination techniques and time management which the test demands. However academically capable you are, and whatever your predicted grades, being familiar with the format and content of the test, and learning to cope with the pressures of time and question styles, require practice and thought.

Why take the Greene’s course?

There are numerous self-help books and practice tests available, however the purpose of the Greene’s course is to provide an intensive day’s introduction to the structure and content of the UCAT.  It enables you, with the guidance of a tutor, quickly to become familiar with question types and approaches, and to think about planning your own future preparation.

You will be given plenty of practice questions during the day, and we demonstrate a systematic approach to the different sections and related questions, so you can go into your test feeling prepared and positive.  While our course helps to give impetus and structure, it must be stressed that, to ensure you optimise your chances of success, you will need to allow yourself lots of self-administered practice.

The Greene’s course looks at each of the main five sub-sections of the test in turn:

  • Quantitative Reasoning: requiring you to analyse numerical data (e.g. tables, graphs etc.).  It is helpful for us to have an indication in advance of your mathematical ability.  This is why we would like to know your Mathematics GCSE grade, and what subjects you are studying at A level or I.B.
  • Abstract Reasoning: requiring you to infer connections or ascertain relationships, within contexts where there are irrelevant elements or distracting information.
  • Verbal Reasoning: requiring you to analyse and evaluate information presented in a written (rather than numerical) form.
  • Decision Making: tests your ability to apply logic to reach decisions, and evaluate arguments and data.
  • Situational Judgement: assessing your ability to understand the critical factors of a situation, its possible outcomes and to react appropriately in dealing with them.

The teaching of each sub-section will include examples of questions and how best to apply a methodical approach.  You will be provided with practice questions to work through, either independently or as part of a small group, which we will then review together with you to ensure understanding.

What are the arrangements?

There are two forms of Greene’s tuition for this course: individual and group.  Individual tuition can be arranged to suit the times most convenient for the student.  Group tuition takes place at specified times during the year.  The details of the next group course are:

  • Course tutor: an experienced tutor, University of Oxford and medical school interviewer and Senior Fellow in Critical Care at St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals.  He has been tutoring for Greene’s for ten years.
  • ­Length of group course: six hours
  • Fee for group course: £185
  • Next group course location: Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1PA (The Guidance Centre, the Medawar Building)
  • Next group course time: 9th June, 2019; 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (including breaks)