Now that you’ve understood the scoring of the UCAT, how can you ace test? The UCAT is a highly competitive test and there are a variety of strategies and tips you should employ to achieve a great UCAT score.
- Timing ⏱: The number one thing that can catch out students is the lack of time to complete questions in the UCAT. Generally, in university and school exams, students are given ample time to complete their work. However, the UCAT is a whole new kettle of fish, and as such requires you to come up with a strategy to ensure you don’t fall behind the clock. What you need to keep in mind is that all the questions are essentially worth the same amount of marks, regardless of their difficulty (except the 5-part questions in DM which are worth 2). So, you want to maximise your marks by getting the easier questions done, and bagging those marks quickly before moving onto the harder, more cumbersome questions. Guess, flag and skip the harder questions and come back to them at the end. This will allow you to make sure you capitalise on the questions you know you will get right in the shortest amount of time, before moving onto the harder questions.
- Computer Skills: 🖥 The exam is computer-based – so you need to know how to work that to your advantage. Get yourself used to the using the keyboard ⌨️ and mouse because that’s all you will have on the day. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the on-screen calculator. It is a lot more annoying to use than your hand-held calculator, but that’s what you get on the day, so you need to make sure you know how it works and runs. Make sure you know how to use the keyboard shortcuts because they can save you a lot of time in the test, which is indeed a precious commodity in such a time intensive test.
- Practice: I know this is a given, but make sure you are practising for the UCAT. It is a completely different experience to any other university or school exam you have attempted, and as such requires special attention. Try to do questions on an online platform. I recommend UCAT ANZ’s own resources (which are free) as well as Medify (which is paid) as I think they replicate the most authentic test experience. Make sure to practice under timed conditions as this will ensure that you are prepared on the day.
- Track your Progress 🔍: Track how you are going in your practice. Do you need to work more on Verbal Reasoning or Situational Judgement? Make sure to analyse where you are getting questions wrong. Focus on the questions you get wrong, to make sure you don’t make the same mistake again.
Those were a couple of the most important tips and strategies I believe are essential to acing the UCAT. Keep your eyes peeled for more in-depth posts on each of the UCAT subtests and how to approach them to make sure you can ace the UCAT!