What should I do the day before the UCAT exam?

1 year ago by Robert

By this stage, you will have well and truly completed your UCAT preparation. The day before the UCAT test is all about getting yourself in the right state of mind for the UCAT exam so that you can remain as stress-free as possible and perform at your best when it counts.

What should I do the day before the UCAT exam?

  • -Make sure you know the location of your UCAT test centre and how to get there. Remember for some locations parking may be limited and inner-city traffic can be very heavy especially during peak hour. If you’re planning on taking public transport, make sure you know the best route to your UCAT test centre and, in either instance, plan allowing plenty of time for unexpected delays.
  • -Make sure you have a back-up transport plan if someone is unable to drive you on the UCAT test day or there are signficant delays with your chosen method of transport.
  • -Set your alarm! Perhaps set one more alarm in your house just to make sure. It would be horrifyingly stressful to get to your UCAT exam late, or miss it entirely because you slept in! (if your test is scheduled early in the day)
  • -Make sure you have your ID and other requirements ready. Don’t leave this until the morning of the exam, it’s not worth trying to fit this in on a day when you will already be stressed and nervous for the UCAT.
  • -Get to bed early! Don’t go on facebook, twitter, or reddit – a good night’s sleep is far more important and will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day ahead.
  • -Make sure you have an appropriate form of ID ready to show at the UCAT test centre when you arrive. This includes; current passport issued within 2 years, current driver’s licence or learner’s permit (photo-bearing) and current (photo-bearing) Keypass, Proof of Age card or 18+ card.
  • -Also ensure that you have a print-out of your UCAT admission email from Pearson Vue.

What revision should I do the day before the UCAT exam?

  • -Revision the day before the UCAT exam should be minimal. By this point, you will have done all the hard work, so as emphasised above, the day before the UCAT is all about getting into the right, calm and positive headspace for the UCAT exam.
  • -You may wish to do a few practice questions from each section just to keep your mind moving, but do not attempt an entire UCAT exam the day before. Think of this as ‘tapering’ for a big race.
  • -Some students may choose not to do any preparation the day before the UCAT exam and instead focus on relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep. If this is a tactic that you have employed before other exams that you have also sufficiently prepared for- then do what you know works best for you!

For more specific UCAT test tips please see our blog series UCAT test tactics and preparation by the team at MedEntry UCAT preparation.