What's the Best UCAT Preparation Course?
3 months ago by Rob
If you wish to study medicine or dentistry, chances are you need to sit UCAT. UCAT is an important component of entry into most undergraduate medical and dental degrees across Australia and New Zealand. UCAT is a very difficult, time-pressured test, very unlike school or university exams. Quality UCAT preparation is therefore essential.
There are hundreds of UCAT preparation courses available, and it can be overwhelming and difficult to choose the best UCAT course.
This blog outlines five questions to ask yourself when choosing a UCAT course.
1. Who runs the UCAT preparation course?
There is no regulation in the UCAT preparation industry, which means that anyone (yes, anyone) can set up and start a UCAT course. This has led to many unqualified individuals, businesspeople and medical students starting UCAT preparation courses. As a result, some UCAT courses can provide poor quality resources and misleading advice.
It is important to choose a UCAT preparation course run by those with expertise in UCAT test development and analysis. MedEntry’s UCAT preparation team is led by specialist doctors and academics who are leading in their field, and have excelled throughout their undergraduate and postgraduate training. You are guaranteed to receive quality training.
2. Does the organisation specialise in UCAT preparation?
Many organisations provide UCAT preparation as only one part of their service to students. They also provide tutoring, and/or preparation for other entry tests. How can a company provide high quality UCAT preparation when they are focused on other projects?
It is important to choose an organisation that focuses solely on UCAT preparation and medical entry. All of MedEntry’s extensive student support and IT staff as well as its resources are focussed on one thing: providing you with the highest quality UCAT preparation.
3. Does the organisation offer a UCAT workshop?
Many UCAT preparation organisations do not offer live teaching in the form of a UCAT workshop. Even worse, some offer dull, time-wasting content run by those who are unqualified.
UCAT workshops are important for many reasons. They are the most effective and efficient way to prepare for UCAT. They cover all of the important strategies and techniques for optimising UCAT performance. They allow you to have all of your UCAT preparation questions answered. When run effectively, they can give you a significant advantage over other candidates. MedEntry’s UCAT workshops, run by Dr Ray, have become famous over the years for their enjoyable, highly effective and inspiring nature.
4. Does the organisation have a large number of independent reviews?
Ultimately, it is easy to choose the best UCAT preparation course: simply choose the one with the most and highest rated independent reviews (Google and Facebook).
Most UCAT preparation companies have few reviews, or reviews that are curated by their organisation rather than independent. No other UCAT preparation organisation has as many or as high reviews as MedEntry (MedEntry’s reviews are even higher than ivy-league universities!).
5. Does the organisation offer preparation that exactly simulates the live UCAT?
UCAT is a dynamic test. Unfortunately many UCAT preparation organisations do not update their materials to reflect the changes. MedEntry forensically analyses the live UCAT and implements changes immediately onto our online UCAT platform. Our UCAT simulated platform exactly replicates the live UCAT. MedEntry’s UCAT questions exactly simulate the style and difficulty of UCAT (in fact, our Verbal Reasoning questions have become famous for this reason).
All UCAT questions are quality controlled using item response theory and principles of psychometric testing.
You can compare MedEntry with other UCAT organisations here.
Tens of thousands of students over the past 20 years have chosen MedEntry because it is the best medical entry course. Will you join them?