UCAT test tips

1 year ago by Robert

Ignore these Two Voices in Your Head

We want to warn you that during the test, two tiny invisible fairies will be sitting on your shoulders, whispering in your ears. You’ll hear only one of the fairies, and you won’t be sure which one it is until the test starts.

One of the fairies whispers gleefully, “I can’t believe how easy this test is.” The other fairy whispers ominously, “This is by far the hardest test I’ve ever taken.”

There aren’t really fairies whispering in your ears, of course, but we promise you that you will hear one of those two messages. Whichever voice you hear, ignore it—it’s your mind playing games with you.

The test may seem much easier than your practice tests, or it may seem impossibly difficult, but either way it’s just the way the test seems—it’s not reality. In other words, both states of mind reflect illusions.

By the way, it’s better for your eventual score that the test seem too hard than too easy. Being aware of difficulty is a sign that you are thinking about the questions and taking pains. If the test seems easy, on the other hand, it’s because you’re not taking pains to get the problems right. So if the test seems easier than you expected, force yourself to slow down and take pains—make the test seem more difficult.

Trust us on this point: you’ll do better if the test seems hard. Only two types of people find the UCAT easy: test-taking geniuses (1 in 1,000), or test-taking simpletons (alas, far more common than geniuses).

But Listen to This voice: “Any question on the UCAT that I know I can get right, I will take all necessary pains to make sure that I get it right. I will always take pains.”

By practising on numerous questions using the UCAT question generator, you will be able to perform at your potential during the UCAT.