UCAT Tips: How To Score In The Top 10 Percentile


UCAT Tips: How To Score In The Top 10 Percentile

The UCAT is all about learning your strengths and weaknesses

In order to score in the top percentile for the 2020 UCAT, students have to break down the exam into the five main subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement.

Here are our top tips on how to master the UCAT, and do your best in the 2020 examination:

Understanding the testing process

The most crucial part about sitting the UCAT is understanding the format of the questions, and what is required of you.

For example, for some parts of the UCAT, you’re choosing the most suitable answer or what is most appropriate – such as in Situational Judgement.

When you understand the reason for the question, this will make it a lot easier for you to provide the closest answer.

Split your study

This is crucial when it comes to preparing for any major exam, and the UCAT is no exception.

Rather than attempting an entire practice exam in one sitting (with little to no previous preparation), we recommend breaking your study down into small sections. Not only does this make it more manageable to focus on the outcomes of each subtest, but you will also be able to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses as well.


One of the most regular concerns we hear from MedStart students is the fact that the UCAT is so heavily time-sensitive.

Let’s take a look at the current breakdown of questions, and the time allocated for each section of the UCAT:

Verbal Reasoning – 44 questions, 21 minutes

Decision Making – 20 questions, 31 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning – 36 questions, 24 minutes

Abstract Reasoning – 55 questions, 14 minutes

Situational Judgement – 69 questions, 26 minutes

The secret to this is through regular practice. Once you understand what the question is asking you, this will make it so much easier for you to answer. And the more you practice, the better you will be with managing your time.

Practice Exams

One of the best ways to ensure you’re prepared and ready for the UCAT is to do as many practice exams as you can.

This will give you the best idea of what it will be like to answer questions in an exam environment, and it will put you in the right state of mind on test day.

Through the online testing available on MedStart, you will also familiarise yourself with the on-screen calculator (used for sections of the UCAT) and how to properly navigate the online testing system for maximum user efficiency.

Online Support

Do you have any questions you would like to ask fellow students or others who have sat the UCAT before you?

Click here to join our free UCAT Australia Discussion Group for more information about the upcoming exam, tips and tricks, as well as free resources from the team at MedStart. We’re also giving away a free mock exam with 50 questions covering all subtests of the UCAT – good practice if you’re struggling on some parts of the UCAT.

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