September 11, 2015 by Emedica
UKCAT QR is not difficult maths but the timing is harsh! Or at least it is if you’re the kind of person who works everything out using a calculator! If you can hone your mental maths and work as many things out in your head as possible then you will get faster and you will consequently pick up more points – it’s just basic maths!
Having done the UKCAT several times I can say, with certainty, that you need to revise:
All of these links take you to a BBC bitesize test. The questions are extremely good preparation for the UKCAT as they share many features – they both require that you carefully read the question, they both need you to be cautious about units and (most crucially) they can both be done quicker if you apply the UKCAT QR mantra of…
Evaluate, Estimate, Eliminate
Read data set and the question carefully – you need to evaluate exactly what it is being shown and what the question is asking. The figures may be given in one unit but the answer be required in another for example.
If you do a rough mental maths calculation in your head by rounding numbers and getting an approximate, ‘in the right ball park’, figure then you have a reliable estimate of what the correct answer will be.
This will regularly enable you to eliminate answer options which are obviously wrong – where the answer is given in pounds instead of pence, kilometres instead of metres.
The whole of the BBC bitesize website is an extremely valuable resource for speeding up your maths skills. All of these links are from the KS3 service but there are further, slightly harder, versions on the GCSE service too.
We have over 100 free UKCAT questions for you to try. We also have over 2000 fully updated UKCAT questions, with the same screen layout as the real thing. The service reflects all the new changes for the current year.