A UCAT Revision Roadmap makes sure you cover everything to maximise your score and don't get lost along the way. So what should you include in your roadmap?
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Learn the different sections of the UCAT and then drill down into the various types of questions within each subtest:
Read about the techniques used for each style of question and prepare by using them in untimed conditions first and then timed, refining your revision plan to focus on your weaknesses as you go.
Learn how to maximise your score with UCAT mock exams.
Think about doing mocks and past papers in exam conditions with the same rules as the official exam.
If you still have unanswered questions about the basics (cost, dates etc), read our UCAT FAQ.
Read the 'Good Medical Practice' by the GMC as it informs you about the different duties of healthcare professionals and how they should respond to different scenarios; this is essential for the Situational Judgement section.
Try Medify's Skills Trainers to automatise your technique for each section, such as inference scanning for Verbal Reasoning (these are included with all UCAT courses).
Keep practising! 1 month sounds like a long time, but time will quickly vanish. Have you thought about taking days off (important!) and things you've already booked to make sure you can follow the plan.
Set goals such as reaching a certain score by a certain date or time, these should be SMART goals.
The actual exam is 2 hours with no breaks in between; practise at least 2 hours every day to build your mental stamina and avoid burn out during the exam itself.
At this point, you will know the format of the exam inside out and have practised the questions enough times to get used to the timings. Do not stop revising and timing yourself.
Keep doing mocks and past papers in exam conditions.
Prepare an environment where you cannot be interrupted for two consecutive hours and do each section in order without breaks.
Use the on-screen UCAT calculator not a physical one as you will not have access to a physical calculator. If you do not have a whiteboard for Decision Making/ Quantitative Reasoning, feel free to use a paper and pen. Make sure your notes are minimal and neat.
Niche down even further on your weaknesses - by this stage you should just be focusing on what you find hardest.
If it puts your mind at rest, you can check the average UCAT score, but remember that this is all about your personal journey and performance, so don't get hung up on that information!
Learn some mindfulness tricks to calm your exam stress.
Revision won't usually help you much at this stage and can actually leave you worse off. If you've stuck to your plan, you should know what you need to.
Check your UCAT test centre information, route, time etc. Get up an hour earlier than normal so you can arrive early without feeling flustered, rushed or stressed.
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