Candidate Preparation Toolkit

The information below relates to the 2016 UKCAT and the 2017 UKCAT (Humanitas University).


Candidates should prepare for their UKCAT using the free resources available in this Toolkit.  Candidates may like to follow the advice in this Preparation Plan

The official guide to the UKCAT 2016 contains definitive information regarding the test including over 130 practice items.  Click the icon to view an interactive version online, or download and print a PDF here.    


We have a large bank of practice questions which you can use to familiarise yourself with the format and style of item types from all the subtests.  

You can then progress to the three fully timed practice tests.  These mimic closely the testing experience and allow you to familiarise yourself with the onscreen format, answer items from all sections that are of an equivalent standard to those you will encounter in the actual test and review your responses against answer rationales.  Each practice test is available in 3 formats: UKCAT (standard timing 120 mins), UKCATSEN (extended timing 150 mins) or an untimed version.

Please note that when you take the live test your correct and incorrect answers will not be reported.


You can familiarise yourself with the format of the UKCAT by working through this helpful Tour Tutorial.  It will illustrate all of the functions that you may be asked to use when taking a computer-based test including how to answer questions, change answers, and review questions.  


We have created a Question Tutorial to take you through example questions from each subtest and offer strategies on how to approach and answer questions.  This includes general advice on how to approach the test as well as detailed advice on tackling the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement subtests. 

This Decision Making Tutorial contains strategies and example questions on this subtest.   


The Official UKCAT Practice App is a free preparation tool which allows you to familiarise yourself with the question styles in each subtest. It is a complementary resource in addition to the online practice tests, to help you prepare thoroughly.  Please note that the next App update (scheduled for mid-May) will remove Decision Analysis items and add in Decision Making items.


Our official UKCAT YouTube Channel has a number of videos to support your preparation.  High-scoring, former UKCAT candidates share advice on their preparations for the test and overall test experience, plus a selection of Admissions Tutors from UKCAT Consortium Universities share their thoughts on the use of the test and what they look for in an applicant.  There are also videos showing what to expect in a Pearson VUE test centre.