20 The UKCAT is not a race
The UKCAT is not a test to measure how quickly you can finish it.
Each question counts, just as each metre in a marathon counts. Two hours may not seem much, but it will exhaust you if you go full speed from Verbal Reasoning, but run out of steam during Decision Analysis. In some medical schools, all subtests count equally. Some may even take your lowest obtained score for a subtest to vet you through for interview.
The most important thing to realise is that you don’t get points for simply attempting questions. Missing out a few and get the ones you attempt right would put you far above anyone who whizzes through without paying attention to the questions.
- What is the UKCAT? And is it fair?
- UKCAT Registration – Book UKCAT Now!!!
- If you can, take the UKCAT test one year earlier.
- Your UKCAT test day should not be the first time you locate the Pearson Vue UKCAT test centre
- Try not to book the UKCAT test day during school/university term-time
- Do not put off the UKCAT test
- Take the UKCAT test in the afternoon, not the morning
- Register for UKCAT Bursary early
- UKCAT test only lasts one medical school application cycle
- Prepare your materials the night before your UKCAT test day
- Pre-UKCAT test jitters
- Admittance to medical school is not solely based on this UKCAT test
- Eat breakfast on UKCAT test day
- The Pearson Vue UKCAT test room
- Not allowed to eat or drink in the UKCAT test room
- Rest yourself between UKCAT subtests
- That two-sided sheet of paper is all you've got (sort of)
- Every question is equally weighted
- There is one (and only one) correct answer. Accept it
- The UKCAT is not a race
- Just because you didn't answer one or two questions does not mean you will get a poor score
- Plan each day for the two weeks prior to your UKCAT test
- Incorporate exercise into your UKCAT routine
- Keep focused
- Practise regularly at the time of the day that you will be take the UKCAT test
- Do not peak in your UKCAT practice too soon
- Why UKCAT Practice is Important
Verbal Reasoning UKCAT Tips
- Why is reading comprehension important for Medicine
- Attempt shorter passages first, flag longer passages
- Put simply, a 'true' statement can co-exist inside the passage
- Put simply, a 'false' statement contradicts the passage
- Put simply, a 'cannot tell' statement requires more information than the passage
- Look out for extreme qualifiers
- Words in the Passage does not mean Cannot Tell
- Practise by reading broadsheets
Quantitative Reasoning UKCAT Tips
- Why is mathematics important for medicine?
- Practise your simple mathematics - quick and accurately
- Practise your speed with the simple calculator - not scientific
- Know your GCSE Maths
- Beware of percentages
Abstract Reasoning UKCAT Tips
- Why is pattern recognition important for medicine?
- Learn the simple/advanced mnemonics
- Practise the patterns
- First order and second order rules
- Beware of common distractors
Decision Analysis UKCAT Tips
- Why is cryptography important for medicine?
- Diligence in Decision Analysis
- Shorthand shortcuts in Decision Analysis
- Only three types of questions
Miscellaneous UKCAT Tips
- Eliminating the incorrect responses
- Moving on from UKCAT Results
- What does my UKCAT score mean?