August 19, 2013 by Emedica
We all know that practice makes perfect, but how do you know if your practice is effective? It is really important to ensure that the time you spend preparing is actually going to help you excel in your UKCAT.
Let’s look at an analogy, take learning to drive. When you first start learning to drive your lessons will probably be an hour long. You might spend one lesson focussing on roundabouts, one lesson on parallel parking and another on pedestrian crossings. As you get closer to your test, you might take 90 minute lessons to get more practice in. However, the test itself is only 40 minutes. The reason you need to take longer in your preparation is to ensure you can do all the manoeuvres with accuracy, are confident in driving for the full 40 minutes and have a realistic expectation of what you will face on the day.
Imagine you took your driving test having only driven in bursts of 10 minutes! Would you have mastered all the techniques you need to pass your test?
Back to the UKCAT. In order to maximise your score it’s important to focus on each section individually, so you get used to the different question types and the skills needed for each section. You should work on honing your speed reading skills for VR, refresh your GCSE maths knowledge for QR, practise spotting patterns for AR, work on your code-breaking skills for DA and fine tune your ethical instincts for SJ.
It’s equally important to practise each section as a mock to get used to the timing, so you can work on getting through all the questions in each section in the real exam. One of the main ways to boost your score is speed. If you manage to get through all the questions then there’s a chance you could get 900. If you don’t finish all the questions in a section, even if you got all the questions you did attempt correct, your score will be nearer 600.
To ensure success in the UKCAT, make sure your preparation is useful and realistic. If your preparation resembles taking an online quiz and/or you keep getting great results, you might want to think again. The UKCAT is a challenging exam so make sure your preparation is challenging. It would be far better to face the UKCAT and find it easy because your preparation has been thorough, rather than find your preparation easy and get to the UKCAT and find it really hard because your preparation wasn’t actually useful or demanding.
There are over 2000 UKCAT level questions at ukcatprep.com – they are arranged into section length tests which can be taken in timed, SEN timed or untimed conditions. You can do the questions as many times as you like! There are full answers and explanations for every questions as well and all five sections are covered.
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