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How to Prepare for UCAT Over the Easter Break

How to Use Your Easter Holidays

The Easter holidays are the only break you’ll get before UCAT testing begins in July, so it’s important you make the most of your time.

Here are some tips on what to do over the Easter holidays to boost your UCAT score

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1. Make sure you’ve registered

While it seems obvious, make sure to note down key dates and deadlines so you don’t miss out – otherwise you will have to wait a whole year to sit the exam.

Registration for UCAT Australia closes 17th May 2019 – so if there’s one thing you do over the April holidays, make sure you register! Testing dates are from 1st to 31st July 2019.

You can also see test centres across Australia, plus full registration dates, on our UCAT guide.

2. Research the universities that require the test

This important! Universities across Australia and New Zealand will use the UCAT as part of their admissions process for their medicine and dentistry programmes.

So, if you’re applying to a university that requires the test, make sure you’re registered.

See the  full list of UCAT universities here.

3. Understand what is different to the UMAT

This is key – if you knew anyone a year or two older who applied to study medicine, they will have taken the UMAT and you may have heard them discussing various aspects of their test prep. However, the test has changed completely from its old format.

Instead of three sections, you now have five – plus different question formats and timings – so it’s essential you read up on the new test.

You can read more about the differences between the two tests on our page, UMAT to UCAT: What’s the Difference?

4. Improve your speed

The UCAT is much shorter than the UMAT, so it’s a good idea to spend some time over the April holidays practising questions under timed conditions.

In the UCAT, you will have between 14 and 64 seconds per question. So as a result, it requires speedy thinking as well as accurate reading!

One strategy for maximising efficiency is to read the question first to get an idea of what pieces of information or data you might need to take note of in order to answer it. It is important that you practice, practice, practice to help you develop a balance of speed without compromising attention to detail.

Why not try our UCAT Question Bank or Online UCAT Course?

5. Keep practising!

There’s a lot of time between now and when you will take the test – so make the most of it!

After completing practice exams and questions, you will begin to understand your weaknesses better. As you see patterns emerging in the type of questions you struggle with, note these down and then work through as many practice questions of this type as you can.

It is useful to alternate between practising full exams and targeted questions as you will be able to see yourself improve with every attempt, which helps build confidence.

Not sure how to structure your time over the Easter holidays? Read our blog, How to Create an Effective UCAT Preparation Timetable.

Good luck!

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