How to Improve UCAT Scores

UCAT Revision Tips

2020-02-29

Achieving a high score can dramatically improve your chance for medical school admission. But the UCAT can be difficult for most students and achieving a competitive score can sometimes feel impossible. But there are proven ways when put into regular practice, that can really improve your overall score. Let’s take a look…

The following tips produce the best outcomes when practiced as a disciplined routine. The clichéd phrase ‘practice makes perfect’ really does apply when practising for your UCAT and a disciplined mindset of willingness to learn, grow and improve is an absolute must for UCAT success.

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Adopt a growth mindset to really see those UCAT scores grow:

Dr. Carol Dweck, a pioneering worldwide leader in researching mindset psychology states that, “In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.” 

Make a point at the end of every UCAT practice session or mock exams to force yourself to face your weaknesses. Rather than seeing them as personal flaws or insults to your intelligence, as many students often do, see them as insider information on where you need to focus your practice more. 

Instead of hammering away at the same practice methods that aren’t helping you to grow your ability or mindset, turn your UCAT practice sessions into a fun and challenging game of working out the answer. Be willing to make mistakes and to try out new techniques; this is the only way you will be able to discern what works for you and what doesn’t. 

Medify’s UCAT dashboard is perfect for honing in on where you need to improve, it provides you with the exact measurements of your performance for each question in each section. Use this valuable tool to your own advantage to grow your abilities and mindset by giving yourself small targets to hit on a daily basis and you’ll soon see those UCAT scores start to grow.

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Be honest about the effort you’re putting into your UCAT practice:

The clichéd phrase of “the more effort you put in, the better the results” really should be taken literally and be well-practised. Professor Brené Brown states that “We don’t have to be perfect, just engaged and committed to aligning values with actions.” But are you really putting in as much heartfelt effort as you possibly could be to achieve the outcomes you want? Simply spending lots of time on a task does not mean you are putting in an active, purpose-driven effort.

Try keeping track of your energy and commitment levels by rating your effort at the end of every UCAT practice session. This could be rated on a simple scale of 1-5, from no energy/not engaged to high energy/fully committed. You may find a pattern here that will be worth reviewing and putting into action. If you can see that you have a pattern of low effort at a certain time of day either prepare yourself to change your mindset beforehand or change the time of your UCAT practice session to a time that your tracker shows your effort levels are high. 

But still make use of those low moods by reading up on UCAT practice techniques and make notes on them to use later. The UCAT tutorials included in Medify’s UCAT course are perfect for this; you can bullet point any advice or tips that you haven’t tried in your notes and come back to them when you’re ready to take on more UCAT practice questions.

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Warm-up before your UCAT mocks:

Earl Nightingale once said, “We become what we think about.” If we take this literally and apply it to our UCAT practice in terms of thinking about the brain being a muscle, and just like the rest of the muscles in our body, we should warn and warm up our brains before any intellectual activity. So while thinking positively about the UCAT practice ahead of you, first prepare by warming up with brain games such as crosswords, word searches, spot the difference or suduko. Brain training apps are worth a try but do limit the time you allow yourself to spend on them otherwise you may waste valuable energy and time.

An even better way to warm up is by completing some of Medify’s 7,613+ practice questions. It is best to do as many of the practice questions before attempting one of the mocks. Medify’s UCAT mocks are single-use only so you really do want to give it your best shot and not waste them. Before you attempt a mock ask yourself am I in the right mindset and environment, have I put in enough effort leading up to this, and am I warmed up enough to do this mock right now?

If you select the right mindset and environment, practise at your optimum levels of effort and train your brain ready before each UCAT mock, you should start to see improvements in your scores. 

For more tips on UCAT practice techniques, check out the UCAT Revision Techniques section of our blog.

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We’ve been lending a successful helping hand since 2009. Medify’s here to support you, just reach out to us.

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