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UCAT third party tutors - worth it?
« on: September 26, 2020, 09:16:55 am »
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Hello peeps,

Being an aspiring med student I get two million ads from everywhere telling me about deals on UCAT packages from medentry/ icanmed/ medify/ other companies. Can someone who's used these tell me about their experience with them, and if you've used multiple, which one would you recommend? I'm sitting it next year (for 2022 entry) and am debating between whether I should purchase practice exams (ebooks from, say, Kaplan) or get the packages offered by tutoring companies.

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Re: UCAT third party tutors - worth it?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2020, 10:02:32 am »
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Hey there!

I'm also sitting the exam next year. As my friendship group all want to do medicine, so we have agreed to go to different UCAT preparation companies and collate the resources (so far we have experience with MedEntry, Medify, iCanMed and Kaplan). And by far the best company is iCanMed. We were blown away with how detailed their online course is and the question bank, and the best part is that its not a "faceless" organisation. There are fortnightly live classes and also a 2 day workshop towards the exam. You can even DM the teachers for questions anytime on Discord, and usually get a response within 10 minutes.

One downside to them though is that there's a lot of "homework", so you have to be prepared to put in the work! Overall I definitely recommend the ICM course, but Medify is also not bad (but DON'Tgo to MedEntry whatever you do :-\)

Hope this helps!
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Re: UCAT third party tutors - worth it?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2020, 10:31:12 am »
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I personally would only recommend medify, due to it actually being based of the Ukcat which is identical to the UCAT, but has been going for more years, so they have more experience. I didn't do much UCAT prep and still got 89th percentile (not the best, but not the worst), however I used my friends medify account 2 days in advance and it really helped me to get a good grasp on the content. Also they used multiple companies like ICM and medentry and all agreed medify was the best.

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Re: UCAT third party tutors - worth it?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2020, 10:47:22 am »
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If youíre going for a paid resource then I recommend Medify. I did the UCAT this year (Iíve posted some tips and my experience on my journey journal further back and on the UCAT experiences thread) and purchased several resources, none as good as Medify. I would steer away from Australian companies since UCAT was only recently introduced, Medify has collated their question bank over many years and has the best one in my opinion. However, donít feel pressured to buy paid resources, there are some great free ones and the ones you should be using the most are the official question banks and mock exams from the UCAT website. I really donít think tutoring is necessary. Most people who did well that I know of didnít do tutoring. UCAT is based on your practice, and the more you do the better youíll get, tutors wonít help with much for this unless you find yourself struggling and might need one or two lessons to get you on track or something. Unlikely youíd find yourself in that situation, anyhow, there are some great youtube videos and websites that talk about different strategies that can help you develop your own.

All the best!

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Re: UCAT third party tutors - worth it?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2020, 10:50:26 am »
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Overall I definitely recommend the ICM course, but Medify is also not bad (but DON'Tgo to MedEntry whatever you do :-\)

Thanks james.lhr! Is there a specific reason why you don't like medentry?
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2020, 11:10:27 am »
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Thanks whys! Been following your journal for a while (inspired me to start my own lol)

If youíre going for a paid resource then I recommend Medify. I did the UCAT this year (Iíve posted some tips and my experience on my journey journal further back on on the UCAT experiences thread) and purchases several resources, none as good as Medify.

I'm debating between medify and icanmed - my friend used icanmed earlier in the year and she found it useful, but I agree that medify must have more relevant sources.
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Re: UCAT third party tutors - worth it?
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2020, 12:15:25 pm »
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Thanks james.lhr! Is there a specific reason why you don't like medentry?
MedEntryís QR question bank was notoriously difficult and didnít emulate the real thing at all, but other than that it wasnít too bad I guess. Iíd only purchase MedEntry if youíve got nothing left to do and have done all the free resources and practice exams, as well as all the questions and mocks on Medify. I only really used MedEntry for their mock exams and didnít even finish them, so found it a waste of money. That might partially be because I didnít plan out my revision and just did the UCAT whenever I felt like it, leaving a lot of mocks incomplete. That being said, MedEntry can be a last resort purchase if need be, but I wouldnít recommend it.
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Re: UCAT third party tutors - worth it?
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2020, 01:51:59 pm »
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If youíre going for a paid resource then I recommend Medify. I did the UCAT this year (Iíve posted some tips and my experience on my journey journal further back and on the UCAT experiences thread) and purchased several resources, none as good as Medify. I would steer away from Australian companies since UCAT was only recently introduced, Medify has collated their question bank over many years and has the best one in my opinion.

I did UCAT last year - and all my peers/friends literally said the exact same thing. Chills :)

I don't have experience to call upon for this one, though - but seeing the amazing replies above and seeing that backing up my memories, hopefully this helps you make a more informed decision :)


However, donít feel pressured to buy paid resources, there are some great free ones and the ones you should be using the most are the official question banks and mock exams from the UCAT website. I really donít think tutoring is necessary. Most people who did well that I know of didnít do tutoring. UCAT is based on your practice, and the more you do the better youíll get, tutors wonít help with much for this unless you find yourself struggling and might need one or two lessons to get you on track or something. Unlikely youíd find yourself in that situation, anyhow, there are some great youtube videos and websites that talk about different strategies that can help you develop your own.

100% agree. I wouldn't have replied to this thread given the already diverse range of amazing answers - but I think it's really important to note that self-development is really important here. The best services you can get will be the ones that match up to how you develop or are planning to develop. It may not necessarily be the one everyone recommends, but it's something point out. Tutors and notes also can't be in the exam helping you out, so it's important to do some (as a minimum) development on your own. Essentially, think about it as 'would I do the same for any other school subject?' (it's obviously not the same, but an important consideration nevertheless)

Also, UCAT companies provide a service, but they are still a company that needs revenue - some companies will overcharge you and have no qualms about it. Don't feel pressured to spend if you don't want to - and if you do choose to pay, do it of your own volition and make sure you are paying a fair price.

Hope this helps :)
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