7 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save Time During the UCAT

UCAT Exam

7/1/2019

This UCAT is extremely time pressured. Each second saved means the chance to review more questions at the end.

Have you started your UCAT prep yet?

Shortcuts are just one way to save time in the exam; if you're trying to work out how to save yourself time across the board, check out our UCAT timing article.

Saving time in literally any way you can is beneficial. Master these shortcuts to start shaving seconds off your average!

1. Alt+P to return to a previous question

Need to return to a previous page? Use this shortcut to go back and change an answer.

2. Alt+N to quickly move onto the next UCAT question

Finished a question or want to skip to the next? Use this to quickly move forward from question to question but remember to answer any skipped questions; it may be best to flag questions like these. Continue reading to find out how to flag a question.

Got basic questions about the UCAT, such as cost and time etc.? Read our UCAT overview.

3. Alt+P to return to a previous question

You often need to return to a previous page to change or review an answer.

4. Alt+N to quickly move onto the next UCAT question

Finished a question or want to skip to the next? Use this to quickly move forward from question to question but remember to answer any skipped questions; it may be best to flag questions like these. Continue reading to find out how to flag a question.

5. Alt+F to flag a UCAT question for later

Use this to flag the question; the flag icon at the top of the page will change colour when you flag the question.

When the time comes to actually answering them, select “Review Flagged”. This can help you pick up last-minute marks.

Online UCAT calculator

6. Alt+C to bring up the online UCAT calculator

  • Backspace for ON/C
  • Use number keys to enter numbers
  • You can respectively use (+,-,*,/) for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division.

Even something as minor as the onscreen calculator can make some come unstuck. Knowing when to avoid using it is essential, but it's also essential to master using it quickly.

It can store 1 number in its memory, just press M+ to add a number, M- to remove it and MRC to recall it.

You can operate the calculator with a mouse, but it's quicker to use the keyboard.  You can put your maths knowledge to the test with our free UCAT practice questions. We also have an article to help you master the calculator: UCAT calculator: 8.5 ways to master your primary QR tool.

7. New UCAT shortcut, 2021

From 2021, you can use your keyboard to select the answers in the UCAT.

E.g. if you think the answer is ‘C’, you can press ‘C’ on your keyboard - faster than using your mouse!

Note that the drag-and-drop questions must still be answered using a mouse.

Summary

Whatever your circumstances, the fundamentals remain the same. Prepare for the test by learning about UCAT preparation and sections in detail.

Then move on to a structured UCAT course. Our online UCAT Course is the number 1 choice for UCAT preparation worldwide.

Good luck!

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