Before you start your preparation, it’s a good idea to read up on how the UCAT ANZ is structured first. There are five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Making, and finally a Situational Judgement section.
Each section is designed to assess different skills, so it’s useful to understand this before you start preparing for the test and trying practice questions.
If you familiarise yourself with the UCAT ANZ test format first, you’ll have an idea of what to expect – and you can start thinking about the sections which you find the most difficult.
It’s important to understand how time-pressured the UCAT ANZ is before you begin your preparation! Keep in mind that the time constraints are supposed to be difficult, so you won’t be alone if you’re finding it tough.
For some questions, you’ll have just a few seconds to read a whole passage of text and then select a multiple choice answer. So don’t go into your prep expecting it to be like a standard test that you might be able to finish early. You’ll need to answer questions quickly and you won’t have time to think about everything meticulously or check over your answers at the end.
Once you understand the basics of the UCAT ANZ and are able to answer practice questions with a good degree of accuracy, practise in timed conditions to prepare yourself for the actual test.
For effective UCAT ANZ preparation, you’ll need to practise – a lot. Many people make the mistake of thinking that because it’s described as an ‘aptitude’ test, this means you can’t prepare for it – but this isn’t true.
The more you practise, the more confident you’ll feel and the quicker you’ll become at answering questions. When you first begin practising, don’t expect to score highly straight away. It will take time, so don’t be too hard on yourself!
You won’t be able to thoroughly work out the answer to every UCAT ANZ question across every section, because there just isn’t time. It’s inevitable that a lot of your answers will be educated guesses, using strategies and tips you’ve picked up during your prep.
As you practise, you should become faster at eliminating options which are obviously wrong and then making educated guesses from there. You’ll learn time-saving techniques as you go along, such as limiting your use of the calculator and the whiteboard.
It’s a good idea to book your UCAT ANZ test date (or have a preferred date in mind) before you begin your preparation. This way, you can use the test date as motivation.
If you know your test date, you will be able to prepare more effectively because you’ll know how much time you actually have to work with.
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