Trusted UCAT prep.

Optimising your performance in UCAT: 5 Lessons from Sports Psychology


Preparing for the UCAT is like preparing for a marathon: it requires training, persistence and strategies to optimise your performance on UCAT test day. Just as an athlete prepares for a major sporting event, so you must prepare yourself to sit UCAT, which is one of the most important exams that you will face in your career.

We can learn much from athletes about optimising performance in UCAT, as outlined in this TED talk by Martin Hagger:

This talk discusses how highly successful athletes prepare themselves before a competition. The five key points are summarised below, with an emphasis on how this is relevant to UCAT:

Understand the test

It is vital that you have a solid understanding of UCAT. This includes what it tests, how it is scored, and the strategies required to tackle each UCAT subtest. Understanding UCAT removes the fear and apprehension associated with the test, enabling you to perform at your best. These issues are discussed in detail in the MedEntry UCAT Course.

Motivate yourself

Motivation is an essential element of success in any competition, including UCAT. One of the most effective ways to increase motivation is via goal setting. Goals should be SMARTER (Specific, Meaningful, Agreed, Relevant, Time-Specific, Engaging and Recorded).

Students who may not succeed in standard high school tests perform well in UCAT simply because they are highly motivated. They understand the importance of UCAT and take steps to improve – via practice, working on their weaknesses and reflection/discussion of UCAT questions.

Cultivate confidence

Confidence is the key to performing to the best of one’s ability in all tests, including UCAT. There are various ways to improve confidence for UCAT test day, including:

  • Reminding yourself that you are well prepared for the UCAT and have sat and survived UCAT practice exams which simulate the live UCAT
  • Motivational self-talk (saying to yourself: ‘you can succeed in UCAT’, ‘I’m well ahead of others who have not done quality prep for UCAT’, ‘I will be a doctor’)
  • Asking others (such as parents, siblings, teachers, friends) to provide you with positive encouragement and feedback on your UCAT preparation, particularly in the final weeks leading up to the UCAT and on UCAT test day

Have a pre-performance routine

High performing athletes often have a pre-performance routine that they engage in before an important competition. This helps them control their environment, provide stability, and enhance focus.

Develop a pre-performance routine that you plan to use before the UCAT. This may include listening to music, doing some quiet reading or chatting to family members – whatever you find best relaxes you. Performing a mental rehearsal in a quiet place is also an important part of the routine. This may include imagining yourself sitting the UCAT and succeeding, as well as imagining ‘what ifs’ or scenarios that may arise.

Manage stress

Stress interferes with performance, so it is essential that you manage stress both in the lead up to UCAT and on UCAT test day. You can do this by:

  • Engaging in calming self-talk before and during UCAT (reminding yourself: ‘be calm’, ‘breathe’, ‘relax’)
  • Focusing on your breathing or meditating
  • Writing down your thoughts or fears about UCAT

The UCAT is a competition, so treat it like one. The strategies outlined above have been used by champion athletes, and you can apply similar strategies to your UCAT preparation. Go get ‘em!

Facebook   Twitter   Instagram

5 UCAT Subtest Mocks for Each UCAT Section!
UCAT Timing Feature
UMAT Section 2 Understanding People UCAT Test Which Uni? UMAT Section 1 Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving HPAT Preparation Medicine UCAT Stress UMAT Courses New Zealand UCAT Timing UMAT Queensland Year 12 UMAT anxiety mmi ethical dilemma UMAT Tuition Sample UMAT Questions UMAT vs ATAR UCAT Registration University Entrance Forums UMAT Coaching Sydney Studying Medicine UMAT questions UCAT Study Medicine at Monash Percentage questions UCAT workshop UMAT Results Speed Reading in UCAT Psychometric tests MedEntry University fees LMS Update UCAT Abstract Reasoning UCAT App Medical Entrance ACER Applications UCAT Situational Judgement Test UMAT Section 3 Non Verbal Reasoning Interview UMAT Problems UCAT Practice Test Discrimination LMS Updates UCAT Time Management Active learning Probability UMAT Training UCAT 2019 UCAT Tips Sample MMI Interview Questions UMAT Coaching UCAT Coaching HPAT UNSW UMAT Preparation UCATSEN UMAT Study UMAT Motivation UMAT Practice questions Free UMAT questions UMAT Courses mmi sample question Medical Interview Training Situational Judgement Test UMAT Test UCAT Practice English UMAT Preparation Courses UMAT Stress Careers Teachers UCAT Date UCAT Exam Bonded Medical Program UMAT Courses Darwin Sample Interview Questions UCAT Booking UMAT advice GAMSAT UCAT exam UCAT Preparation UCAT advice UCAT Prep Medical Interview UMAT compared to school UCAT Preparation Courses Pearson VUE Multistation Mini Interviews UCAT Forums Study Tips Medicine at Melbourne Multiple Choice 2019 UCAT Registrations UMAT Exam Online UMAT Prep UMAT Tutoring UMAT Test tactics Video Blog MMI UMAT Skills UMAT Practice umat 2019 UCAT Results USyd UCAT Anxiety mmi sample answer UCAT Test Tips UCAT Scores UMAT Forums LMS Forums Counting Problems MedEntry LMS Update UMAT Test Tips Resilience UMAT resources UMAT Courses Toowoomba UCAT Training UMAT tips Speed Reading in UMAT Ethical Dilemma Questions mmi scoring UMAT UCAT Test Date UCAT Course Process of Elimination UMAT Prep UMAT Workshops UMAT scores University Rankings

trhdtre tre