UCAT Preparation Comprehensive Program
The UCAT Preparation Comprehensive Program is a formal UCAT preparation program which combines all METC Institute UCAT workshops in order to maximise candidate performance in the UCAT. The program consists of five UCAT workshops (total of 10hrs) each corresponding to a specific section of the UCAT exam.
By enrolling in the UCAT Comprehensive Program, candidates learn advanced skills in each of the following domains:
- Verbal Reasoning: Critical appraisal and analysis of information presented in various passages, and solving problems.
- Decision Making: Application of logic to reach particular decisions or draw conclusions, and to evaluate arguments presented along with other data such as statistics and graphical information.
- Quantitative Reasoning: Identification of quantitative problems, obtaining the relevant information pertinent to solving problems, and efficiently using both mental and formal arithmetic to determine the solution accurately yet without excessive time-consumption.
- Abstract Reasoning: Identification of the implicit rules that govern the arrangement of abstract stimuli, and using these to solve abstract reasoning problems.
- Situational Judgement: Building an understanding of the values of integrity, perspective, resilience, adaptability, and teamwork. Such values are commonly assessed in both pre-medical and post-graduate selection processes.
More details about each workshop can be found under the courses section of the UCAT department webpage. Along with access to the above, candidates are supported with online access to a METC Institute UCAT tutor in the lead up to their exam.
Workshops are delivered via the METC Institute online classroom by a member of the METC Institute Academic Faculty. Sessions are available in the months of April, May, and June prior to the official UCAT exam. See the Location & Dates tab for more information. Following their sessions, students may access recordings of their workshops. Workshops are designed to be completed in conjunction with official UCAT preparation materials (which includes 3 official full-length online UCAT exams and another 400 official UCAT questions available in a question bank) to facilitate a complete preparation that will confer a distinct advantage to students.
Aims of the UCAT Preparation Comprehensive Program
The UCAT Preparation Comprehensive Program aims to assist students in maximising their overall UCAT score via the following:
- Assisting candidates to develop a general understanding of the rationale for all the sections of the UCAT examination
- Teaching candidates specific techniques for working through questions in the domains of verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, and situational judgement
- Ensuring candidates minimise the habit of making assumptions when drawing conclusions, and focusing on evidence-based rationale
- Developing in candidates a fundamental understanding of deductive reasoning and how it can be applied to make decisions
- Assisting candidates to make decisions in uncertain and ambiguous circumstances, and ensuring appropriate justification for such decisions
- Providing candidates with skills in the interpretation of the major forms of data presented in the quantitative reasoning section of UCAT including interpretation of tables and graphs, and other figurative representations of multiple variables
- Providing candidates with techniques to perform quick and accurate mental arithmetic
- Providing candidates with insight into the four distinct types of questions in the abstract reasoning section, and strategies to solve each of these question types
- Teaching candidates to determine the implicit rules that underpin the figures via consideration of such variables as opposition, reflection, symmetry, position, enclosure, mirroring, adjacency, rotation, shape, shading, equivalence, and ratios
- Arming candidates with a contextual understanding of the professional medical workplace, and their roles and responsibilities in such an environment
- Providing candidates with skills to discern the appropriateness of actions in particular contexts
- Providing candidates with an efficacious plan of study in the lead up to their examination
About the UCAT exam
The UCAT examination is an admissions exam used by a consortium of universities for assessing entry into medical, dental, and clinical science university programs. The exam has replaced completely the now defunct UMAT exam.
The exam is completed over 120 minutes and is comprised of the following sections:
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The UCAT is sat in the same year the candidate plans to apply to university. Registration for the exam opens in early March and closes in mid-May each year with the formal exam being held in later July of the same year. To find out more information about the UCAT, visit the official site www.ucatofficial.com