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UKCAT Summer Intensive Training

This summer, CANA is offering a two-day intensive training course for the UKCAT. Students will be equipped with the skills to confidently tackle each subtest in the UKCAT on their own, and learn how to approach ethics questions in interviews and in SJT, through gaining a better understanding of medical ethics.

Course Outline

The following topics will be covered with an aim to familiarise students with the test format of UKCAT, and to equip students with strategies on how to approach each section of the test.

  1. Introduction
    • What is the UKCAT?
    • How do I register for the UKCAT?
    • What will be tested in the UKCAT?
    • How is the UKCAT scored?
    • When and how will I know my result?
  2. Training
    • How is the UKCAT Structured?
    • What are the different sections of the UKCAT? (with practise)
    • Techniques on how to approach questions for each section (with practise)
    • Tips on preparing your UKCAT revisions and suggested resources for practise
  3. Introduction to Medical Ethics*
    • Basic principles of medical ethics
    • How to tackle ethical scenarios and apply these principles in medicine interviews and in UKCAT
DAY 1 DAY 2
10:00 - 13:00 Introduction to UKCAT Decision Making
Verbal Reasoning Abstract Reasoning
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Medical Law & Ethics 101* Quantitative Reasoning
SJT
Debrief (Q&A)

*The section on medical ethics overlaps with the UKCAT course. If you are signing up for both the UKCAT & BMAT course, please speak to our team to receive a refund.

We are offering two courses on the following dates: (all courses run each day from 10:00 to 16:00 each day)

Day 1 Day 2 Location Fees Availability
Course 1 Saturday, 7-Jul Sunday, 8-Jul SW $800 per hour SIGN UP NOW
Course 2 Saturday, 14-Jul Sunday, 15-Jul SW $800 per hour SIGN UP NOW
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Our Faculty:

CECILIA

  • MA (Hon) and BA (Hon) in Natural Science (Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge
  • Currently Pursuing Graduate Entry Medicine at Impreial College London
  • GCE A-level at Cheltenham Ladies College, UK
  • Extensive experiences in tutoring and mentoring both high school students and university graduates, including: biological sciences tutoring, Oxbridge and medical school interview preparation, and work-experience/career mentoring
  • Over 4 years experience in coaching students on how to apply to medicine in the UK and HK

How is the UKCAT used by the UK Medical & Dental Schools?

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is a test used in the selection process by a consortium of UK University Medical and Dental Schools. It consists of five sections and is designed to give information on the candidates' cognitive abilities through four reasoning tests, with a fifth test, the situational judgment test testing attitudes and professional behavior.

UKCAT results help admissions officers identify candidates who possess reasoning and communication skills required to succeed in the rigorous courses applied. Each medical school uses the UKCAT score differently:

  • Some universities place a great deal of significance on the UKCAT score, and is significant factor in their consideration of your application. They either:
    1. rank candidates by their score, or
    2. have a minimum cut-off, which must be achieved before progressing to the next round;
  • Many universities use the UKCAT score in combination with other factors such as your personal statement and exam results;
  • Some only use it in borderline cases where it is helpful in deciding between two very similar candidates.

A high score on the UKCAT will determine if you have interview at the medical schools and significantly increase your chance of an offer. It is therefore worth spending time familiarizing yourself with the test format, practising with past papers, as well as learning test-taking strategies.

Our two-day intensive course is designed to provide a concise, but thorough guide and training for students who will be taking the UKCAT in 2018.

Who Should Enroll?

Students applying to the following UK medical school for admission in the 2018 application cycle:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Birmingham
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Dundee
  • Durham University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Hull York Medical School
  • Keele University
  • King's College London
  • University of Leicester University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • Plymouth University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St Andrews
  • St George's University of London
  • University of Warwick

What is UKCAT?

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is an aptitude test used by a consortium of UK medical and dental schools as an integral part of their selection process. This consortium includes top universities like King’s College London, the University of Warwick and the University of St. Andrew’s.

Candidates can take UKCAT ONLY ONCE in the admission cycle. There are several test dates available, spanning from July to October. The test takes 120 minutes and consists of five parts: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. The first four parts are scored in points, while the last part is graded in bands, from Band 1 (excellent level of performance) to Band 4.

Different universities use a candidate’s UKCAT result differently. Where some use it as pre-screening criteria, some use it as benchmark for boarder line cases, and some only focus on the candidate’s performance on Situational Judgement. For example, Cardiff University only compare a candidate’s UKCAT with another candidate’s when the two have similar merits in academic results, school references and personal statements. In this case, UKCAT scores decide which one of the two candidates will interview with the University.


UKCAT or BMAT?

Most medical schools require either UKCAT or another aptitude test, BMAT. If you are uncertain whether to take UKCAT or BMAT, explore which schools you are most interested in first.

We also recommend that you take an assessment of both tests and see which one matches your strong suit. Contact us and we will send you mock tests for a taste of both.


How to score high in UKCAT?

We offer private individual lessons and a group crash-course for UKCAT candidates in the summer. While the crash course goes over techniques for all the parts comprehensively, individual lessons are tailored to your specific needs, targeting particular areas of weakness. Both the crash course and private lessons are led by UKCAT instructors with a wealth of experience in preparing students for the test. All instructors are Oxbridge graduates, who have taken the test themselves and/or been educated in top UK medical schools.

For more information about our private lessons and crash course, leave us a message here  or contact us at (852)2302-6500 or cana@canaelite.com. In the meantime, check out our freeUCAS Application Guide to begin your journey to a university education in the UK.


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