Information on the New Scratch Pad Tool for the UCAT

UCAT Exam

2020-06-19

Did you know that you will have access to an online scratch pad to make notes and do workings during your exam, in addition to a physical whiteboard? Here, we provide you with a list of useful information and tips for using this new tool.

Update: This article has been revised based on the UCAT's 22nd June 2020 announcement.

Is the Online Scratch Pad Only for Those Sitting the Online UCAT?

No, all UCAT candidates will have access to the online scratch pad, in addition to a physical whiteboard.

How Does the Online Scratch Pad Work?

The scratch pad is essentially a pop up window where you will be able to type notes or workings during your exam.

You will be able to access the scratch pad by clicking the ‘Scratch pad’ icon at the top of the screen. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut ‘ALT + D’. 

To close the scratch pad, you can simply click the ‘Close’ icon. The scratch pad will also close automatically when you move to the next question. The notes will still remain when you reopen the scratch pad.

At the end of each section, of the UCAT, all of your notes on the scratch pad will be wiped off.

A screenshot of the new scratch pad tool for the UCAT

What are the Implications of Using the Scratch pad?

For most candidates, using a physical whiteboard may be more intuitive to use compared to the scratch pad. In particular, questions types that require you to draw a diagram (e.g. Venn diagrams) should continued to be solved using a physical whiteboard, as the scratch pad does not support a drawing functionality.

However, the scratch pad does give you a benefit of being able to make quick notes without having to turn your eye away from the screen. This can save you some time. We recommend using a combination of physical whiteboard and the scratch pad to maximise your performance in the UCAT.

Keep an eye out for our next article on tips on using the new scratch pad tool for the UCAT, as well as Medify’s new scratch pad tool.

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