Medify's New Scratch Pad Tool for the UCAT and Tips for Using the Scratch Pad

UCAT Revision Tips

2020-06-19

At Medify, we pride ourselves in providing a UCAT preparation course of the highest quality, including full emulation of the actual UCAT exam experience, including the timing, calculator, keyboard shortcuts and flagging feature. The latest addition to our Online UCAT Course is the scratch pad, which allows you to make notes onscreen.

* If this is your first time hearing about the scratch pad, read our previous blog article first, then read this article to find valuable tips on using the scratch pad.

Becoming familiar with the new scratch pad functionality can maximise your chances of success in the UCAT. To help you prepare for this, Medify has implemented the new scratch tool as part of its online UCAT course

How to Access the Scratch Pad in Medify’s Online UCAT Course

1. Go to our Online UCAT Course webpage and click ‘Log in’ on the top right.

A screenshot showing Medify's online UCAT course homepage, with a red arrow pointing towards the 'Log in' button

2. Go to the practice questions or mock exams.

A screenshot showing Medify's online UCAT course webpage, with red arrows pointing towards the 'Start Practising' and 'Take a Mock Exam' button

If you haven't signed up to our Online UCAT Course yet but would still like to try the scratch pad tool, head over to our UCAT demo to give it a go.

3. Access the scratch pad during the practice session or mock exam session by clicking the ‘Scratch Pad’ icon or clicking ALT + D. Full instructions on using the scratch pad are provided in this link.

A red arrow pointing towards the 'Scratch Pad' icon in Medify's UCAT exam platform

4. Carry on with your UCAT revision, using the scratch pad as many times as needed. Our scratch pad tool is identical to the one built into the actual UCAT exam.

A scratch pad popping out on Medify's UCAT exam platform

Tips on How to Make Best Use of the Scratch Pad

1. Adjust the scratch pad window to suit you. If you find that your scratch pad is covering the view of a question, you can reposition it by dragging it. If you are finding the scratch pad window too small or large, you can resize it just as you would resize any windows on your computer. 

2. Know exactly what you can and cannot do with the scratch pad. You can copy/cut and paste within the scratch pad, but not text or diagrams from the question itself. You can type text but cannot draw using a mouse.

3. Use the keyboard shortcut (ALT + D) to save time. A couple of seconds saved here and there may give you time to solve an extra question or two. This could make a significant difference to your UCAT score. Get to know the other shortcuts in the UCAT too and know them off by heart to avoid any confusion.

4. Familiarize yourself with the scratch pad by practicing as much as possible. With repeated practice, you will not only become familiar with operating the scratch pad, but also know exactly what type of questions are best answered using the scratch pad, a physical whiteboard, or require neither.

Would you like to get plenty of practice on the UCAT using the new scratch pad tool? Head over to our Online UCAT Course to go through 10,000+ practice questions, 8 full mock exams and 18 mini-mock exams while using the scratch pad.

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