28/07/20
Transcript

Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to TheMedicalGeeks podcast. This is the third episode of our UCAT series.

Today we will be discussing some crucial tips to instantly improve your UCAT score. After listening to this episode you should bear these tips in mind for next time you practice some UCAT questions.

Before we start, we recommend that you listen to the first two episodes of the UCAT series before listening to this one. They will tell you more about the UCAT. Especially the second episode where we talk about the different ways which universities use the UCAT.

I am your host Makeen and let’s go.

Tip 1

Look after your time. As you may already be aware the UCAT is one of the most time-pressured exams you will have to do at this point in your academic life. Therefore, managing your time well during this exam will help boost your performance.

Here we provide you with some techniques that you can use to save time and improve your performance.

Firstly, read the questions first. This technique will work for the vast majority of people who try it.

You will be surprised by how much your performance will improve if you read the question first and then look at the passage and answer the question, instead of reading the passage first.

The point of this is that it is far better to read a passage of verbal reasoning or examine a passage of decision making after you have read the questions underneath.

This is mainly because by reading the question first you will have a much better understanding of what you are required to do and your objectives will be clearer.

This will automatically increase your chances of choosing the right answer.

Develop your own strategies. This comes with doing a lot of past paper questions but it is essentially finding the right style for you to solve the questions. This is particularly important as we are all different and we all find different things helpful. Therefore, developing your own, unique, strategies will suit you best and help you solve questions more efficiently and much quicker.

Tip 2

Know what to guess. Of course, you will not know the answer for every question.

Even if you had the potential to know the answer for every question in the UCAT, you will not be able to do that within the time given.

Therefore, guessing is an inevitable option that you will have to choose. Knowing how to guess is important.

For example, elimination of the wrong answers automatically increases your chances of guessing the right answer; making educated guesses by estimating the answer for mathematical or logical questions may also help.

Tip 3

Take advantage of past papers. There are plenty of free UCAT resources available out there for you to use.

Make sure that you have tried at least 2-3 different sources of questions and revision materials before your test date.

This will ensure that you fill the recommended hours of practice needed for UCAT before your test date.

For more advice on UCAT and free resources be sure to visit our website. You can also visit the UCAT website for some more practice tests.

Tip 4

Practice. Practice makes a habit. If you use our materials, the official UCAT materials and more if you feel like you need to then you will make the right habit. Doing the right habit repeatedly will make perfect and increase your chances of scoring highly.

Therefore, make sure that 90% (if not more!) of your UCAT revision time is spent on practice questions.

Doing practice questions is the best way to develop your own, unique, habits that we discussed earlier. This will further enhance your score.

Conclusion

I hope you have found this helpful everyone. This, by no means, was meant to be an exhaustive list of use advice. There are an unlimited number of things you can do to boost your UCAT score. In this episode we shared with you what we thought was the best bits of advice.

For more tips on how to ace the UCAT and more information about the UCAT make sure you check out our website at themedicalgeeks.com.And as I said before, you can find free resources and free UCAT practice questions.

If you have any questions be sure to get in touch with us on instagram @themedicalgeeks.

That is all from me for today everyone, thank you for listening. Stay tuned for more episodes. In the meantime, stay safe.

I am your host Makeen and goodbye.

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