• Question: Did you do the UKCAT or the BMAT? And how did you prepare for it?

    Asked by Millie to Adrian, Ali, Charnelle, Deborah, Kit, Phil, Rob on 9 Nov 2017.
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      Adrian Taylor answered on 9 Nov 2017:


      I’ve no idea what they are sorry

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      Deborah Draycott answered on 9 Nov 2017:


      Sorry don’t think these are related to Nursing

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      Kit Tigwell answered on 9 Nov 2017:


      I did the UKCAT and found that practice was the most useful way to get ready. They say it’s not the sort of test you can revise for but you can certainly prepare to give yourself the best chance! A lot of it comes down to timing so it’s important to be familiar with the questions and be able to work through them in time. There are practice questions on the UKCAT website and other free online places like practice.ukcat.ac.uk. I used a book of practice questions too which was good. I personally wouldn’t bother paying for courses as they’re expensive and the same info is available for free, but that’s up to what suits you.

      I know a few people who did the BMAT, which sounds like it needs a similar type of prep to be familiar with the multiple choice questions. There’s also an essay to write which looks more at your ability to organise and communicate ideas, which would be worth practicing.

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      Robert Cullum answered on 9 Nov 2017:


      I did both of them :

      For UKCAT I prepared by doing the practice test online and then going through lots of questions – practice is the key for this as it’s a very time pressured exam. I would recommend starting off just practising the process and question type and then working in the timer nearer the assessment. They have some really good resources on the UKCAT website which is a good starting point. I think they say the best performers do around 25 hours of practice.

      For BMAT, the UKCAT preparation will help with the aptitude section. When it comes to the science bit – it’s worth looking over your GCSE science books, and some practice questions. For the essay what I did which I found useful is to get my old English teacher to mark some examples I had done and give me feedback – my score for the essay section started out really low but more than doubled with some good feedback 🙂

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      Philip Williams answered on 9 Nov 2017:


      I’m really sorry but I can’t remember!!!

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      Charnelle Lusuku answered on 10 Nov 2017:


      I only did the UKCAT and to prepare I bought a book (the name of which I cant remember sorry!) which had 250-500 questions in it and I did little brain trainers when I wasn’t in the mood to actually read haha

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