Medify's 5 Top Tips on UCAT Timing

UCAT

2019-07-17

Time during any exam is limited, but the UCAT is definitely more time pressured than most exams due to doctors, dentists and other medical roles having to possess the skills and abilities of effectively thinking and working under extreme time demands. The UCAT and your score will determine your suitability and abilities in fulfilling the role of a doctor, dentist or other medical practitioners. Here we look at how to make the most out of the limited time allocated, to ensure you fully complete every answer and succeed in gaining a high final score.

Keep your eye on the time during your UCAT:

As you become absorbed within the content of the UCAT, time can be forgotten but make a mental note to keep checking the time after each question to see how much time you have left; keep track of time to sufficiently use it. The real UCAT will have its own timer displayed on the computer screen.

Take well known UCAT shortcuts:

The UCAT Quantitative Reasoning section in particular would benefit from keyboard shortcuts, as you will need to use the UCAT computer calculator. Instead of selecting the numbers on the calculator by using the mouse, use the number pad on the right-hand side of your keyboard. This is a lot quicker, therefore saving you time.

Using keyboard shortcuts saves you time in the UCAT:

  • Alt + N will help you proceed to the next UCAT question, 
  • Alt + P will take you to the previous question. 
  • Alt + F will flag or unflag a UCAT question.
  • Alt + C will bring up the on-screen calculator.

Take educated guesses on the hard UCAT questions:

If you are not confident on an answer, try guessing at it. The technique of guessing will feel wrong at first but remember you have been trained to think logically which in turn trains your instincts. Therefore, the answer you provide will still be an academically educated guess. You do not want to be leaving any unanswered questions, so guessing is better than not giving an answer at all.

Wave your UCAT flag when you need to:

The UCAT has a flagging function allowing you to quickly return to questions you either found too difficult and want to return to if you have enough time at the end or a particular question you wish to check again later. This function can only flag one question at a time, only flag the question you feel you cannot even make a decent educated guess at. Do not waste time flagging questions which you could just guess.

Don't try to be perfect:

If you aim for perfection first time, you will only fail and be disappointed in yourself. True perfectionist are high achievers but it can hold you back and at times prevent you from even trying, due to creating a fear of failing. It is impossible but unnecessary to answer all the UCAT questions perfectly within the allocated time as it is graded on a curve of comparing how well others have done. You do not have to get all of the questions correct to get a perfect score, much less a very good one.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious? Please don’t worry, head over to our UCAT Online Course and we’ll get you signed up to guide you through this whole process step-by-step.

We have a bank of over 10,239 questions, a decision-making section and 8 full mock exams and 18 mini-mock exams; we even give you performance feedback too.

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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