Imagine ball bearings dropping into a metal bucket. As each one drops it clangs and sends a shiver down your spine.
Your heartbeat quickens and your eyes keep glancing over to the bucket.
This is what the UCAT exam can feel like if you walk in unprepared for the time pressure. In fact, given that only around ⅓ of applicants get into medical school in the UK (¼ for dental school), getting on top of this is essential.
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The UCAT is a 2-hour computer-based assessment with 5 sections. Some are more time pressured than others, but all require speed of thought and strategy.
The key to timing in Verbal Reasoning is how quickly you can interpret written information. This is arguably the most time-pressured section, with only 28 seconds per question and very large texts to read.
Decision Making has some easy questions you will breeze through, and some that could trap you and lose you time. The main issue is the variety of possible questions. This is a great place to focus your practice and work on creating solid routines.
One of the keys to QR timing is mastering the UCAT calculator and knowing when and when not to use it. Part of this is improving your ability to guesstimate at speed to save time.
Once you have mastered the different types of recurring problems in this section, it should pose a timing issue. The article below outlines the SCANS mnemonic and some other tricks to save time.
You have 69 questions to answer in 26 minutes. Some questions may just be reading a short text and marking an action as “appropriate” or “inappropriate”, others take more thought.
Good exam technique can prevent you getting stuck on questions and coming unstuck.
Medify's Online UCAT Course features mock timing statistics, where you are able to view all your timings and scores for each question:
This allows you to compare your time-per-question data across all sections of your mock exams and gives you a comparative view of the average time Medify users take to reach a correct answer.
Your weaknesses can easily be spotted via this new feature that shows your exact strengths and weaknesses.
Timing is critical to performing well in the UCAT. VR is often considered to be the hardest section in terms of timing. Read our tips and tricks articles above to create your revision plan.
Ultimately, the best way to improve your timing is by doing timed UCAT practice questions. Medify has over 20,000 - the largest UCAT question bank in the world.