UCAT (UKCAT) Tips & Techniques
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Time Aware-Time Efficient
How long do you have for each UCAT question? This answer should be at the tip of your tongue; the main reason for poor UCAT performance is a lack of time awareness. Let’s break it down and make this tip one to remember:
UCAT Verbal Reasoning
21 Minutes, 44 Questions
Time for each Passage & Set of 4 Questions = 2 minutes (or just under)
Passage Reading Time: 45-60 Seconds
Time for each question = 15 seconds
Section Specific Tips & Techniques
The 6 Dimensions of UCAT Decision Making
Quantitative Reasoning: Practice v Perfection
The 3 Step Approach to Abstract Reasoning & NASSSS
Situation Judgement: GMC Guidelines & Key Principles
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Reflect The Exam Environment
The second most common reason for poor exam performance is a lack of pre-exam simulation. In order to minimise unnecessary stress and time pressure on the examination day, ensure that all UCAT practice within 1 month of your examination reflects the examination environment.
Timed UCAT Practice
Online UCAT Calculator
Official UCAT Platform
Whiteboard & Pen (No A4 Pukka Pads)
Quiet (preferably computer based) Environment, with no Instagram, Facebook, Twitter accessible!
Before V After: Structure Your UCAT Preparation
Effective UCAT preparation requires an understanding of the following key areas prior to taking the examination:
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Making the most of your UCAT score requires an understanding of the following key areas after taking your UCAT examination:
What Is a Good Score on the UCAT?
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Recognise Your Strengths & Weaknesses
However, in most cases, areas of weakness are the result of poor technique rather than a lack of knowledge, and adopting a structured technique such as the 3 Step Approach to Abstract Reasoning, in combination with NASSSS can help students immeasurably.