5 Top Tips on UCAT ANZ Timing

UCAT Revision Tips


Time during any exam is limited, but the UCAT ANZ is definitely more time pressured than most exams due to doctors, dentists and other medical roles having to possess the skills and abilities of effectively thinking and working under extreme time demands. The UCAT ANZ and your score will determine your suitability and abilities in fulfilling the role of a doctor, dentist or other medical practitioner. Here we look at how to make the most out of the limited time allocated, to ensure you fully complete every answer and succeed in gaining a high final score.

#1 A clock and a speech bubble showing "2 hours".

Keep your eye on the time during your UCAT ANZ:

As you become absorbed within the content of the UCAT ANZ, time can be forgotten but make a mental note to keep checking the time after each question to see how much time you have left; keep track of time to sufficiently use it. The real UCAT ANZ will have its own timer displayed on the computer screen.

#2 Keyboard shortcuts for the UCAT ANZ, displaying the keys "Alt", "N", "C", "P" and "F"

Take well known UCAT ANZ shortcuts:

The UCAT ANZ Quantitative Reasoning section in particular would benefit from keyboard shortcuts, as you will need to use the UCAT ANZ computer calculator. Instead of selecting the numbers on the calculator by using the mouse, use the number pad on the right-hand side of your keyboard. This is a lot quicker, therefore saving you time.

Using keyboard shortcuts saves you time in the UCAT ANZ:

  • Alt + N will help you proceed to the next UCAT ANZ question, 
  • Alt + P will take you to the previous question. 
  • Alt + F will flag or unflag a UCAT ANZ question.

#3 A hand with a question mark floating on top

Take educated guesses on the difficult UCAT ANZ questions:

Guessing will feel wrong at first but remember you have been trained to think logically which in turn trains your instincts. Therefore, the answer you provide will be an academically educated guess. Guessing and having a process of elimination will effectively make sure you use your time well in order to complete every single question. You do not want to be leaving any unanswered questions.

#4 A blue flag that displays a triangle warning sign that has an exclamation mark on it

Wave your UCAT ANZ flag when you need to:

The UCAT ANZ has a flagging function allowing you to quickly return to questions you either found too difficult and want to return to if you have enough time at the end or a particular question you wish to check again later. This function can only flag one question at a time, only flag the question you feel you cannot even make a decent educated guess at. Do not waste time flagging questions which you could just guess.

#5 A target with a dart in the bullseye and three darts missing the bullseye.

Don't try to be perfect during your UCAT ANZ practice:

If you aim for perfection first time, you will only fail and be disappointed in yourself. True perfectionist are high achievers but it can hold you back and at times prevent you from even trying, due to creating a fear of failing. It is impossible but unnecessary to answer all UCAT ANZ questions perfectly within the allocated time as it is graded on a curve of comparing how well others have done. You do not have to get all of the questions correct to get a perfect score, much less a very good one.

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