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Top Tips for UCAT Quantitative Reasoning

7th June 2023

Top Tips for UCAT Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning subtest of UCAT can be challenging, even for those who are proficient at maths. This is largely due to the extreme time pressure placed on students in this UCAT subtest. The commonest mistake made by students in the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning subtest is to approach it like you would approach a high school maths test – by calculating everything perfectly, ch ...

 

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Why Full Exam Mocks are the Best UCAT Preparation

5th June 2023

Why Full Exam Mocks are the Best UCAT Preparation

Be under no illusions: the UCAT is the single hardest and most important test you will ever sit. This is a scary (and for some maybe terrifying) thought. So, what can you do to make it less daunting? The answer may seem counter-intuitive: the best way to make UCAT seem do-able is to face it over, and over, and over again. How? By completing high-quality, full-length UCAT exam mocks under timed ...

 

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6 Common UCAT Verbal Reasoning Pitfalls

3rd June 2023

6 Common UCAT Verbal Reasoning Pitfalls

Without a doubt, most UCAT test takers find Verbal Reasoning to be one of the most challenging subtests. The combination of the stringent timing (~30s per question), the information dense passages and of course, testing nerves (being the first UCAT section!), can often result in lower scores in this subtest. It is important to note that participants tend to score lower in UCAT Verbal Reasoning ...

 

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How I Scored 900 in UCAT Decision Making

2nd June 2023

How I Scored 900 in UCAT Decision Making

The UCAT Decision Making subtest poses several challenges, including various question types, limited time, and difficult questions. However, I managed to score a perfect 900 on the Decision Making subtest. There were several strategies that allowed me to bring my score up from the 600 range to the 800-900s. Here are my top 5 tips.   Tip 1: Understand each UCAT Decision Making questi ...

 

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5 Key UCAT Tips

31st May 2023

5 Key UCAT Tips

There are a wealth of strategies and techniques that are useful in boosting your UCAT performance. Each UCAT section and question type requires a slightly different approach. Relevant techniques are discussed in detail in the MedEntry UCAT courses. Here are five important tips that will help you in preparing for and sitting UCAT.   1. Work on your UCAT weaknesses Each of the f ...

 

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Top Tips for UCAT Abstract Reasoning

30th May 2023

Top Tips for UCAT Abstract Reasoning

Struggling with UCAT Abstract Reasoning questions? Check out this blog which outlines 5 top tips.   1. Identify the pattern first When you are first starting out with Abstract Reasoning UCAT questions, it can be tempting to focus on the test shape and try to ‘match’ it to the sets. This wastes valuable time and is unlikely to lead you to the correct answer. Instead, s ...

 

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Why Group Study is Effective for UCAT

28th May 2023

Why Group Study is Effective for UCAT

There is a fundamental difference in how you need to study for exams which test knowledge (such as school and university exams) and for high stakes tests such as UCAT which assesses generic thinking skills. For the former, a lot of memorisation and recall are involved so studying alone can be effective, and even preferred by motivated students who do not want to be distracted by less moti ...

 

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How I Scored 900 In UCAT Verbal Reasoning

27th May 2023

How I Scored 900 In UCAT Verbal Reasoning

UCAT Verbal Reasoning is widely known as the hardest and lowest scoring UCAT subtest. The average UCAT Verbal Reasoning score over the past five years has been 570 out of 900. Sara scored an amazing 900 in UCAT Verbal Reasoning (the highest possible Verbal Reasoning score!). In this blog she shares her top 5 UCAT Verbal Reasoning tips.   Tip 1: Learn to Speed Read One of the bigg ...

 

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Nutrition is Important for UCAT Test Day

26th May 2023

Nutrition is Important for UCAT Test Day

Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said “an army marches on its stomach”, and that is as relevant for UCAT as it was for the French Armies that Bonaparte commanded. Those who are about to participate in an important event, be it sports or social, make sure that they eat right to perform at their best. Making sure you put the right things into your body in the lead up to UCAT is vital ...

 

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ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to Help your Son or Daughter in the Lead up to the UCAT

25th May 2023

ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to Help your Son or Daughter in the Lead up to the UCAT

Year 12 is a stressful time. Add in UCAT and the pressures of getting into medicine, and stress levels can rapidly sky rocket. As a parent it is easy to succumb to feelings of powerless as you watch your son or daughter struggle to prepare for such an important and difficult exam. However, there are many things you can do to boost their performance and have a positive impact on their wellbeing ...

 

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