How to prepare for the UCAT

Medistudents Team
Jan 31, 2024

Maximise your UCAT score using the power of artificial intelligence.

The Medibuddy AI-powered UCAT question bank is the only one on the market that uses AI algorithms to deeply analyse your ability levels and create a personalised learning journey specifically tailored to boost your UCAT score.

"The question bank really mirrored the real UCAT exam style. It was very comprehensive and helpful. I have used many other ones where they used almost the same questions but your question bank was completely unique"

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Does any of this sound like you?

  • I keep answering UCAT questions but don’t seem to be improving.
  • I need to score well in the UCAT but don’t have time to answer thousands of questions.
  • I don’t know which areas of the UCAT to focus on.

What if you could...

  • Have questions hand-picked for you based on your individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Save countless hours by not wasting time on topics that won’t improve your exam score.
  • See a sophisticated analysis of your skill level for each area of the UCAT.

The Medibuddy AI-powered UCAT question bank provides this and more.


The free state-of-the-art, Medibuddy AI-Powered adaptive UCAT question bank

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“The new [Medibuddy] adaptive UCAT question bank made my revision much more efficient and it helped me get better and quicker at answering questions”

“I used the Abstract Reasoning section as I found the website the night before my test and I was pretty bad at AR. In my official exam my AR was my 2nd best section at 860! Overall, I thought the website was a very useful resource from what I saw and I liked the algorithm that showed skill in particular question types.”

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Why use the Medibuddy adaptive UCAT question bank?

Did you know that if you spend an average of 2 minutes answering and absorbing the explanation of each question in a question bank, it will take you 333 hours to get through 10k questions!?

No wonder the vast majority of people don’t answer anywhere near 10k questions before their exam!

We surveyed 100s of medical students and asked them what their biggest issue was when preparing for the UCAT.

Over 90% said that because the UCAT wasn’t a knowledge-based exam, they could answer thousands of questions but never feel like they were getting anywhere.

The trouble with standard question banks is that everyone is given the same questions to prepare with, with no consideration of what skills or topics each person is actually struggling with.

However, everyone has a different baseline ability. You might struggle with quantitative reasoning, whereas your friend might be a maths wizard. With a standard question bank, you’ll both answer the same QR questions, in the same order, meaning you’ll be left struggling while your friend doesn’t feel stretched.

No wonder so many people can find preparing for the UCAT frustrating!

The Medibuddy adaptive UCAT question bank is here to change all that.

We recognise that the vast majority of students don’t complete all 10,000 questions in a question bank.

It’s therefore vitally important that the questions you do answer are relevant to your skill and ability level.

We’ll ensure that in the areas you’re struggling, you’ll master the basics first. Whereas in your stronger areas, you’ll be immediately pushed.

This will mean that every minute of your revision is turbo charged to maximise your UCAT score.

More than a just question bank that tells you the correct answers

As you progress through the question bank, you’ll be able to see a sophisticated estimate of your current skill level for each subsection of the UCAT. When other question banks give you a performance review, they are simply telling you how many questions you’ve got right or wrong. 

We do things differently.

Our algorithm will tell you exactly what your ability level is for each area of the UCAT. We calculate this based on the actual difficulty of the questions you are answering and it’s done in real time, so you can be sure that the work you’re putting in is actually translating into real gains in your UCAT score.

The Medibuddy UCAT question bank is the only one available which shows you if you’re actually getting better at answering harder questions.

The University Clinical Aptitude test or UCAT (formerly UKCAT) is the standard test for entry into Medical School in the UK. The test is primarily designed to evaluate a candidate's suitability for studying medicine by assessing varying applicable skills. It is NOT a test of academic ability. For perhaps this reason, some historically high-achieving students have struggled with the UCAT exam. The exam is arguably the most important a doctor will ever take in their career. Therefore, we have created a quick guide in order to help you succeed in your UCAT preparation.

With so much UCAT information available online, trying to find useful tips to help your preparation can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve condensed it in this quick, easy-to-read post, which is a shortened version of our UCAT Preparation article.


The following are six simple steps to follow to prepare effectively:

  1. Lay the groundwork. To ensure you are in the best possible position, you need to know precisely when you will take your exam and how you will prepare for it. Make sure you are aware of the deadlines for registering, booking and completing the UCAT. You can find all this information in our UCAT 2024 – Complete Guide.
  2. Get acquainted as early as you can with the UCAT online test system. The UCAT website has an excellent tour that will help you become more familiar with how the UCAT consortium wants prospective students to answer their questions.
  3. Understand what is required. The actual test consists of five subtests. Our UCAT practice test blog goes into more detail about the exact nature of each subtest, but they are:
    • Verbal reasoning – The ability to interpret passages of text and draw specific conclusions from information presented.
    • Decision making – Problem-solving skills and your ability to make decisions within complex situations.
    • Quantitative reasoning – The ability to apply mathematical skills in order to solve problems.
    • Abstract reasoning – The ability to identify patterns and their relationships.
    • Situational Judgement – The capacity to understand real-world situations and to respond appropriately.
  4. Make a study plan. Outline when and what you will study during each session; doing this will ensure that you not only plan an adequate amount of time to revise but that your sessions will be productive. The best candidates devote between 25 and 30 hours to the UCAT exam, so it's well worth planning the time in advance.
  5. Start revising. The most valuable resources for supporting your UCAT preparations are UCAT practice questions and UCAT practice tests. UCAT practice questions are useful during the early stages of your UCAT preparations, as they allow you to become familiar with the five subtests. UCAT Practice tests require you to complete each of the five subtests within the given time and help you develop good exam technique for the UCAT by mimicking the exam experience. The free, adaptive, Medibuddy question bank uses artificial intelligence to automatically identify your strengths and weaknesses, and tailors practice questions to best support your learning needs.
  6. Reflect on your revision and identify where you may need to improve. The practice questions are essential as they will allow you to explore how you can improve your answers and identify parts you find challenging. The practice tests are crucial in improving your speed and knowing when to prioritise questions and when to move on. Reviewing your technique is vital in order to overcome any weaknesses you may have. The free Medibuddy question bank makes it easy to see at a glance which areas you need to improve, by automatically calculating your skill level, and providing questions targeted at these.

Overall, the more experience you gain with the UCAT exam, the more confident you will feel on exam day. For more information, please read our UCAT Practice blog. For quality practice questions, which are personalised to your learning needs, there’s the adaptive Medibuddy UCAT question bank, which is free to use.


Thousands of questions and comprehensive answers written specifically for UCAT preparation, with more getting added.

The Medibuddy platform has been designed to replicate the actual exam, so you won’t get any surprises on the day.

Each question and explanation you receive will be chosen by our AI algorithm, specifically for you.

The only question bank available that tells you if you’re actually getting better and not just how many questions you’ve answered correctly.

We don’t just pick the questions for our mock exams at random, we follow a similar process to the actual exam board by calibrating every question for difficulty, based on the abilities of 100s of medical students. This means your score will be a much more accurate reflection of the real thing.


You can access our platform anywhere and it works on desktops, tablets and phones. This means you can revise at home or on the go.

When the Medibuddy team were preparing for the UCAT, working out where to start was quite overwhelming. The online resources offered thousands of practice questions and lots of generic advice. However, the only way of getting help that was specifically targeted at you was by paying for expensive tutoring.

This didn’t seem right to us. The personalised learning you get with a tutor has been shown to improve exam results across all fields of education. So why when it came to the UCAT, an exam that is vital for medical school, should it only be available to those who could afford a tutor?

The good news is artificial intelligence has changed everything! Super smart algorithms can now identify exactly where your strengths and weaknesses lie, ensuring that every minute of your revision is focused on areas that will have the biggest impact on your exam score.

Here at Medibuddy we’ve used the latest educational technology and combined it with our deep understanding of the UCAT, to produce the first ever AI-powered, adaptive UCAT question bank.

Our sophisticated question bank platform will adapt seamlessly with every question you answer. As you improve, the type and difficulty of the questions you receive will change with you, ensuring that at all times, you only receive the most relevant questions.

A resource you can trust

The Medibuddy team has been creating educational resources for medical students and doctors for years. We’ve helped thousands of students pass their exams and we’ve put all of that experience into our UCAT question bank.

We stay up to date on all the latest educational science, so you can be sure that the techniques we use are state of the art.

How is our UCAT Question Bank free?

We know how expensive applying to medicine can be, so we do our bit by keeping our UCAT question bank FREE.

We’re able to do this by charging a little more on our educational courses and question banks for qualified doctors. We strongly believe that no one should be priced out of medicine. Our doctors agree and are happy to subsidise our educational resources for students.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the algorithm work out what my ability level is?

As you progress through the question bank, our algorithm will be performing complicated statistical analyses of the way you answer questions. All of our questions have been tested on hundreds of 1st year medical students so the algorithm knows exactly how difficult each question is.

The algorithm looks at how you answer questions across a range of different difficulties to work out what your current ability level is.

How does the algorithm know what questions to give me?

Every question in our database has been tagged based on the skills required to answer it and its difficulty level. Once the algorithm has worked out what your ability level is and the areas you need to target, it ensures that the questions you receive focus on these areas. As you get better, the algorithm adapts with you, moving you onto new areas based on your needs.

How similar to the UCAT are the Medibuddy questions and explanations?

Every single question in our question bank is written specifically for UCAT preparation and is reviewed by our editorial team to ensure it is as close a match as possible to the UCAT standard. We don’t borrow questions that have been written to prepare for other exams. In addition to this, all of our questions are calibrated by 100s of first year medical students who have recently taken the UCAT, which allows us to remove any outliers and ensure consistency.