When sitting the UMAT students may face a difficult question that they can’t quite get their head around or they are running out of time and still have some questions they haven’t answered yet. Some people choose to leave the UMAT question blank. This is a problem because there is very little time in the UMAT exam to return to previous UMAT questions and UMAT candidates will often leave a UMAT question so that they can go back to it later but then run out of time. Also, a blank UMAT question on the answer sheet may sometimes cause confusion leading students to fill in the answer next to the wrong question number. This can waste valuable time and significantly impact your UMAT score. The best thing to do when faced with UMAT questions like this is to make an educated guess.
In the UMAT you will lose more marks leaving a question blank than you do answering a question incorrectly, but there is a difference between blindly guessing and making an educated guess. An educated guess, is made when you base your choice on some information/knowledge (usually from the information in the question) which means it is more likely to be correct than randomly choosing an answer.
In order to maximise your chances of getting the UMAT question right, there are some strategies to employ while making an educated guess. When trying to figure out an answer to a UMAT multiple choice question with four options, you may be able to immediately eliminate some answers. Guessing among four UMAT answer options is a waste of time – you only have a 25% chance of getting the UMAT question right. If you guess wisely by eliminating some options you could potentially double your chance of choosing the correct UMAT answer. Always try to choose the ‘best’ answer, don’t treat it like a random guessing game.
Don’t think of educated guessing as cheating. Educated guessing is an important skill in tests like the UMAT where timing is particularly difficult to master and can actually be very rewarding if used wisely and an important method for maximising your UMAT score. The MedEntry UMAT Preparation provides students many more important tips and skills like ‘Educated Guessing’ and ‘intelligent guessing’ to help them maximise the effectiveness of their UMAT preparation.