The timed mock exams are useful for checking your UCAT revision progress and also make up the final steps of the UCAT journey. Here are some actionable tips to overcome the anxiety and maximise the value of sitting mock exams.
Medify’s Mock exams are designed to emulate the actual UCAT exam.
Every aspect of the exam is carefully mirrored, including question types, difficulty and the number of questions. This helps you to gauge your readiness for the UCAT exam.
Medify provides 21 full mock exams as part of its Online UCAT Course. You can do a free practice test to try out the course before you get the course.
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Students are often anxious to work out their current level, so they quickly jump from doing a few practice questions to full mock exams.
It's like mum always said, right?, run before you can walk! (Think again...)
The UCAT is all about keep stress levels low and taking it gradually. This means working your way up to full exams, and is called 'progressive simulation'. Medify provides shorter diagnostic mocks with all UCAT courses (mini mocks), which allows students to assess their readiness and ability without having to take on the full mock exams. You can even do full section run throughs before trying any timed tests.
Even with progressive simulation, the mock exams may prove to be nerve wrecking for you. This can be compounded if you see a lower than expected mock score that can lead to disappointment and further anxiety.
Therefore, it is important to manage your expectations. It is likely that the first few mocks may have some hiccups due to the heightened level of focus and speed that are required to be maintained. Accept that the first few mocks may not be the best reflection of your final performance. As you progress through more mock exams, you will not only get a taste on what the final exam may be like but also find your performance improving gradually.
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The Official Mock Exams and Medify’s mock exams are virtually identical to what you will get on the test day in terms of the testing platform, types of questions and duration.
However, to get the best reflection of your performance in the real exam, we recommend going one step further to emulate the testing environment as much as possible (see the infographic below).
This means that when you sit the real UCAT, it's just like another mock exam. Consistency compounds and these small routines will go a long way to reducing anxiety and the fear of the unknown on the day of your UCAT.
Since the UCAT averages scores across different sections, weakness in a particular section will reduce the final score. Hence, it is essential to allow time for reflection to identify your weaker sections after every mock.
We recommend you to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) to have a specific target to achieve. This will then dictate the time and work required in-between mocks.
For example, if you scored low in the verbal reasoning section, you may set a goal to increase the section score by 10% in the next mock exam. Reflecting, revising and working on practice questions after each mock to achieve SMART goals will help to improve your final UCAT score.
Medify’s performance dashboard and mock timing statistics also offer useful insights on your performance, so make sure to try out these features.
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If you're still preparing, try our free UCAT practice questions, or get our online UCAT Course. You get 20,000+ questions, 21 unique full mock exams, 40+ mini-mock exams and question walkthroughs, as well as performance feedback.