October 28, 2013
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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The aim of the UKCAT is to identify academic potential in applicants who hail from less-advantaged educational backgrounds. This allows Universities to choose candidates based on characteristics that are more relevant to the success in the medical profession. The test also judges the academic potential of the applicants in a very objective manner and does not distinguish between those who belong to less-advantaged educational backgrounds.
The UKCAT assesses a number of mental abilities that Medical and dental schools have identified as important. No curriculum content exits as the goal is to examine innate skills. Each sub-test is laid out in a multiple choice format and has a different timing allocation.
Here are a few tests you will have to go through when you appear for the UKCAT:
Typically, the UKCAT tests aptitude and not academic achievement and so there is no official preparatory course material for the test. The best way to prepare yourself is to practice the different kinds of questions that have shown up in the earlier tests through the years. Another good way to prepare for the test is to familiarize yourself with the format of the test papers. This will help you get acquainted with the variety of questions that will be asked and will also help you get acquainted with the time restrictions that will apply.
The UKCAT website has practice tests that can help you prep. You can also download the official guide from the site.
While medical colleges will consider the UKCAT scores in the selection process for the interview, this is not the only indicator for selection. Your scores will be considered in conjunction with predicted and actual academic achievement. Apart from this, the objective scoring of the information that has been supplied on the UCAS application-form is also taken into consideration. This includes the personal statement as well as the references.