As the test is completely new in Australia and New Zealand, it can be hard to know where to start. Thankfully, students in the UK have been sitting the test for years – so, here, one student details the four key things they wish they’d known before sitting UCAT to help you…
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During my UCAT preparation I found identifying the patterns in Abstract Reasoning extremely challenging and assumed that this would be the most difficult section in the real test. However, this was not the case.
In the real test, Verbal Reasoning was the most difficult section. I was pressed for time and found myself having to re-read sections of the passage when selecting answers.
There are some ways you can make the Verbal Reasoning section easier: firstly, make sure you scan the passage quickly to look for key bits of information – and in your practice make sure you complete questions under timed conditions so you have a good sense of how the real exam will be.
2. Make sure you practise online
You can use books in your preparation, but the best way to practise is undoubtedly completing questions online as this will replicate the experience of the real test and therefore will help to boost your UCAT score.
You can find our practice questions online – we’d recommend practising questions on a computer and then, once you’ve familiarised yourself with each section, under timed conditions.
3. The flag function is very helpful
In the UCAT, you won’t be able to answer every question – and as many questions are each worth one mark, spending lots of time on one question isn’t a good idea, as you’ll be able to easily pick up marks elsewhere.
For example, some questions in the Quantitative Reasoning section will require multiple steps to arrive at the answer, whereas others will be more straightforward.
If you find yourself spending too long on one question, the best option is to use the ‘flag’ function, where you can mark a question and then come back to it at the end if you have time.
4. Practise with the online calculator and whiteboard
You don’t need to use the calculator and whiteboard – many students find that this slows them down – but it’s a good idea to practise using them in case you need to rely on them in the real test.
We’d recommend practising using the on-screen calculator with the keyboard, to replicate the test environment. You can also use a piece of paper to jot down important figures or dates in the questions as you go.