- Number of questions
- Exam question similarity
- Covers all question types
- Representative difficulty level
What’s it for?
One of the exams you’ll need to take to enter Medical School in the UK is the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). The ONLY way to do well in the exam is to practice, practice, practice, practice and then practice some more. The more questions and question banks you can find the better. But not all resources are created equal…
The book ‘Get into Medical School – 600 UKCAT Practice Questions’ by
600 UKCAT Practice Questions Pros
- There are a huge number of example questions for most sections of the UKCAT exam
- The questions, in particular the maths questions, are hard and do a good job in kick starting your brain training
- The mock exam at the back is a very useful resource
600 UKCAT Practice Questions Cons
- Because the book was written so long ago, many of the questions and question types are a poor reflection of what you’ll see in the current UKCAT exam
- Many of the questions are MUCH, MUCH harder than you will actually face – which may do more damage than good to your revision
The main reason I bought this book was because it seemed like it was going to be a great resource. 600 questions is a fantastic amount of practice questions and with a full mock exam and in-depth explanations I thought it was a no-brainer. However, because this book was written so long ago it’s no longer a good representation of what the REAL exam is like. For example:
- The Verbal Reasoning (VR) section is massively out of date. So much so that it is more unhelpful than helpful when it comes to preparing and developing personal strategies to nail the real VR exam questions. It only covers 50% of the types of VR questions you’ll face and therefore in my opinion it’s not a valuable or even good resource
- The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) section is much, much, much more harder than anything you will face in the real thing. Compared to the questions in this book – the QR section in the real UKCAT is easy. It is so different to the type of questions you’ll face that I would advise you don’t even look at it, unless you want the fear of God put into you
The Abstract Reasoning and Decision Analysis sections are O.K. but they don’t cover all the new types of questions that the UKCAT is currently using.
Therefore by using this book you’re really only getting a ‘taste’ of the UKCAT which isn’t good if you want to nail the exam. And seeing as answering 1 or 2 questions correctly could mean getting an interview or not, it’s probably best to buy a UKCAT exam revision guide that cover all aspects of the current exam AND has a similar difficulty level in order for you to develop your answering and timing strategies.
In hindsight I probably wouldn’t buy this book again. Instead I’d concentrate on using MEDIFY and other books that are more current and more reflective of the real exam.
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