How to Use Medify Mock Exams to Prepare for the UCAT ANZ Effectively

UCAT Revision Tips

2020-07-29

The timed mock exams are useful for checking your UCAT ANZ revision progress and also make up the final steps of the UCAT ANZ journey. Here are some actionable tips to overcome the anxiety and maximise the value of sitting mock exams.

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What Are Mock Exams and Where Can I Try One?

Medify’s Mock exams are designed to emulate the actual UCAT ANZ exam in terms of the content (types, difficulty and number of questions) and duration. Hence, they help you to gauge your readiness for the UCAT ANZ exam. They are not just a simple collation of questions, each one has been graded in difficulty and content coverage to mimic the real exam in every sense.

You can access the four Official UCAT ANZ mock Exams through this link. If you want more practice, you will be glad to know that Medify provides eight full mock exams as part of its Online UCAT ANZ Course. These consist of completely unseen questions to add in the element of unpredictability.

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Utilise Progressive Simulation

Often students are anxious to find out where they are at, and make the jump from doing a few practice questions straight to mock exams. This is a huge jump and going from short periods of focused attention to a two-hour exam can be very challenging. This is why Medify provides a shorter diagnostic mock, which allows students to assess their readiness and ability without having to take on the full mock exams.

Instead of diving straight into the full mocks, we recommend introducing a transition phase, by progressively increasing the duration of your UCAT ANZ revision session. 

You could start by doing several sets of practice questions from a section. When you are used to this, you can try some questions from each section of the UCAT ANZ in the order they are presented in the actual exam (i.e. VR-DM-QR-AR-SJT). 

You can then make use of Medify’s mini-mock exams as well as timed practice question sets for each section, which dispenses a random collection of questions for each section based on the actual time given during the exam. During this phase, you can have extended breaks between the sections.

Once you become familiar with tackling bursts of questions, you should gradually shorten the breaks between the sections and increase the number of questions, before finally trying a mock exam. This progressive transition from question sets to mock exams may help in alleviating some anxiety and help you to focus.

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Manage Your Expectations

Even with progressive simulation, the mock exams may prove to be nerve wrecking for you. This can be compounded if you see a lower than expected mock score that can lead to disappointment and further anxiety.

Therefore, it is important to manage your expectations. It is likely that the first few mocks may have some hiccups due to the heightened level of focus and speed that are required to be maintained. Accept that the first few mocks may not be the best reflection of your final performance. As you progress through more mock exams, you will not only get a taste on what the final exam may be like but also find your performance improving gradually.

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Emulate Every Aspect of the UCAT ANZ

The Official Mock Exams and Medify’s mock exams are virtually identical to what you will get on the test day in terms of the testing platform, types of questions and duration. However, to get the best reflection of your performance in the real exam, we recommend going one step further to emulate the testing environment as much as possible. 

This includes taking the mock exam:

  • In an undisturbed and private setting
  • While sitting upright
  • Using a marker pen and laminated sheets to make notes, rather than pen and paper
  • Using the onscreen calculator rather than a physical calculator
  • While wearing gloves and a facial mask if these are required at your test centre
  • At the same time of the day as the official exam

This should mean that when you get to sit the real UCAT ANZ, you will be able to treat it just like another mock exam. You can even set up routines and habits (e.g. eating certain food, wearing certain clothes, waking up at a certain time). Consistency compounds and these small routines will go a long way to reducing anxiety and the fear of the unknown during the day of your UCAT ANZ.

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Reflect on Your Mock UCAT ANZ Results

Since the UCAT ANZ averages scores across different sections, weakness in a particular section will reduce the final score. Hence, it is essential to allow time for reflection to identify your weaker sections after every mock. 

We recommend you to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) to have a specific target to achieve. This will then dictate the time and work required in-between mocks.

For example, if you scored low in the verbal reasoning section, you may set a goal to increase the section score by 10% in the next mock exam. Reflecting, revising and working on practice questions after each mock to achieve SMART goals will help to improve your final UCAT ANZ score.

Medify’s performance dashboard and mock timing statistics also offer useful insights on your performance, so make sure to try out these features.

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Need help with preparing for the UCAT ANZ? Please don’t worry, head over to our Online UCAT ANZ Course and we’ll get you signed up to guide you through this whole process. 

We have a bank of over 10,000 questions, a decision-making section, and 8 full mock exams and 18 mini-mock exams.

We’ve been lending a successful helping hand since 2009. Medify is here to support you, just reach out to us.

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