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.
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.
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.