Boost your Maths
You’ll need to be good at maths for both the UKCAT and a career in medicine.
If you’re not studying the subject at A level, then ensure that you know enough for the Quantitative Reasoning element of the UKCAT. Even if you are good at maths then take a break from calculus to increase your speed at basic arithmetic.
One way is to find online GCSE Maths exercises and exams, such as BBC Bitesize. Practising these will refresh your memory of basic methods, preventing nasty surprises and ensuring that you don’t encounter any forgotten techniques in the exam. It will also make you faster at extracting relevant data from test questions.
Consider boosting your mental arithmetic. In the Quantitative Reasoning section you will have 24 minutes to answer 36 questions, so there’s great potential to save seconds at every stage. Any sum you can do quickly in your head rather than long hand or with a calculator will save you precious seconds to use on other questions.
If mental arithmetic isn’t your strong suit then you will be given access to an on-screen calculator during the test. Practise the keyboard shortcuts (using a keyboard with a number pad) to save yourself time typing in the test.
Finally, don’t forget that you will have laminated paper to write down intermediary results and any other calculations that you want to track.