43 Practise the Patterns
The biggest improvement in your UKCAT score is going to be from high levels of Abstract Reasoning practice. Familiarity is the important buzzword here. One can boost confidence and correct responses to Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Decision Analysis, but by practising more and more with Abstract Reasoning questions will undoubtedly improve your ability to recognise patterns more effectively and quickly.
The reasons for this are two-fold:
1. Recognising pre-recognised patterns
Having gone through hundreds of patterns which make up the rules, you are primed to recognise more patterns. This will give you the edge on your peers who may not see the patterns quicker than you. And where time is very important, finding patterns quicker gives you more time to find other more complex rules and also builds momentum.
2. Shape-specific pattern recognition
With practice, you begin to become an expert in Abstract Reasoning. When you see a square, you know what types of rules to look for. Squares of four sided, equal sided, straight-sided, have right-angles, have many planes of symmetry, etc. When you see arrows, you know that direction or where the arrows are pointing could be major factor in the rule making. And thus your ability to recognise what and where to look for patterns becomes very efficient and a powerful skill.
- What is the UKCAT? And is it fair?
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- 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
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- 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?