Before you begin your preparation, it’s a good idea to read up on how the UCAT ANZ is structured first. There are four sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Decision Making; and then a Situational Judgement section.
Knowing this will help you familiarise yourself with what to expect – and start thinking about the areas in which you may be weakest.
This is essential to understand how time-pressured the UCAT ANZ is before you begin your preparation! Many students find the time pressures of the exam extremely difficult – but keep in mind that it is supposed to be difficult, so you’re not alone if you’re finding it tough.
For some questions, you’ll have just a mere number of seconds to read a whole passage of text and then select an answer. Reminding yourself of this before you actually sit down to try a test during your UCAT ANZ prep is important, to avoid the expectation that it’ll be like a standard test that you finish about half an hour early and have time to check over.
There are many ways you can make it easier for yourself, and the main one is practising.
The main way to make the time pressures of the UCAT ANZ test easier on you is to practise – a lot. Many students think that because the test is an ‘aptitude’ test 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 each question. So 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 work out the answer for every UCAT ANZ question across every section because there isn’t time. Because of this, a lot of your answers will inevitably be educated guesses.
As you practice, you’ll become faster at eliminating obviously wrong options and then making educated guesses from there, and you’ll pick up small time-saving techniques as you go along (such as limiting the use of the calculator and whiteboard).
It’s a good idea to book your UCAT ANZ test date before you begin your preparation so you can then use the test date as motivation. If you have a date in mind, this can help you to prepare more effectively as you’ll know how much time you have to work with.
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