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Prepare your mind

Here are some tips for removing possible cognitive friction in taking the UKCAT.

Study for your UKCAT at the same time of day you’ll be taking your test. This helps build a routine, helps ensure you are awake during your test, and trains your brain to be at its best when you need it most.

Familiarise yourself with the layout of the questions on the screen. Processing how everything looks beforehand saves time (and brainpower) on the day. You can do this with the official UKCAT preparation material, and also our UKCAT online course.

Practise the test with a computer, rather than with books or notes. On test day you’ll be using a computer, so try to replicate the UKCAT environment as much as possible. Otherwise your brain has to process the “new” way of answering questions.

Remember to rest. You risk burn-out if you study too hard. Your motivation could drop, or you might find you’ve already “peaked” before the test.

Remember your body needs rest too! Avoid missing meals, make sure you get a good night’s sleep (avoid late-night cramming or staying awake into the early hours) and keep yourself hydrated.