UCAT Tips: Learn to make intelligent guesses when necessary

UCAT Tips: Learn to make intelligent guesses when necessary

2 years ago by Rob

Another tip in scoring well in the UCAT test is to try to eliminate as many responses as you can. Here’s why it is important to eliminate at least some choices when you’re guessing. If you get to a question and you’re not sure of the answer, of course you’ll have to guess. Whether you’re guessing among all four choices or you’ve eliminated a couple of obvious wrong answers, it still feels the same. But this is one time when you shouldn’t listen to your feelings.

Let’s say that two test-takers each encounter questions they aren’t sure about during the exam. One of the test-takers (let’s call him Bill) throws up his hands and figures that because he’s not sure, he will just guess and randomly pick and answer from the four available choices. Bill has one in four, or 25 percent, chance of correctly answering the questions he is guessing on. The other test-taker (let’s call her Christy) is able to rule out two clearly incorrect responses before she guesses. Christy has one in two, or 50 percent, chance of getting the right answer when she guesses, a double advantage over Bill in guessing the correct answer.

So, the golden key to scoring smart and well in the actual UCAT test is to rule out a couple of choices before you start guessing. In the MedEntry UCAT prep course, you will learn how to make intelligent guesses when necessary.

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