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

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 maximise the value of sitting mock exams.

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 four official UCAT ANZ mock exams for free. If you want more practice, you will be glad to know that Medify provides 24 full mock exams as part of its UCAT ANZ Online Course. These consist of completely unseen questions to add in the element of unpredictability.

We’ve updated all of our mocks and mini-mocks to reflect the latest UCAT ANZ changes.

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 full mock exams.

Instead of diving straight into full mocks, we recommend introducing a transition phase, by progressively increasing the duration of your UCAT ANZ revision session. This progressive transition from question sets to mock exams may help in alleviating some anxiety and help you to focus.

Progressive simulation for UCAT ANZ preparation. 1. Try a section first. 2. Try section by section. 3. Do timed practices. 4. Try more questions. 5. Attempt full mock exams.

Manage your expectations

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

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 of what the final exam may be like, but also find your performance improving gradually.

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 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 should mean that when you get to sit the real UCAT ANZ, you will be able to treat it just like another mock exam. 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.

Emulate every aspect of the UCAT ANZ by finding a suitable setting and space, having the right mindset and routine, using the allowed tools and making use of the official UCAT practice exams and Medify's full mock exams

Should I use hard mock exams to prepare for the UCAT ANZ?

There is no advantage to using harder mock exams instead of realistic mocks.

Unrepresentative mocks are problematic because they can provide you with a wrong impression of the exam and lead to you feeling demoralised. This can negatively affect your motivation, progress made, and final UCAT score. 

Medify's mock exams are continuously updated by our team to ensure they reflect the most accurate UCAT exam experience possible. 

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. So it is essential to allow time for reflection to identify your weaker sections after every mock. 

We recommend setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) goals 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.

Do you need help with preparing for the UCAT ANZ? Head over to our UCAT ANZ Online Course and we’ll guide you through the whole process.

We provide a huge bank of 20,000+ questions, 24 unique full mock exams, 40+ mini-mock exams, 50+ hours of video tutorials, and performance feedback. We're also constantly updating and improving our mock exams and question bank to offer you the most test-like experience.

What should I do one month before my UCAT?

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Keep practising! A month sounds like a long time, but time will quickly vanish. Set SMART  (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) goals such as reaching a certain score by a certain date or time. 

Niche down even further on your weaknesses – by this stage you should just be focusing on what you find hardest. Make sure you factor in breaks and days off into your schedule, as well as any important events which you need to attend.

Read the 'Good medical practice' by the Medical Board of Australia if you haven’t already. It will inform you about the different duties of healthcare professionals and how they should respond to different scenarios, which is essential for the Situational Judgement Test section of the UCAT.

Try Medify's Skills Trainers, such as inference scanning for Verbal Reasoning, to maximise your score (these are included in our UCAT ANZ Online Course). Make sure you've also completed plenty of UCAT practice tests.

The UCAT exam is two hours with no breaks in between, so practise at least two hours each time to build your mental stamina. You should also simulate the exam environment as closely as possible – this means treating every mock test as if it were a real one. 

For instance, you should sit mock exams at the same time of the day as your actual UCAT exam and ensure there are no distractions. By mirroring the test conditions, not only will it prepare you for what to expect on test day, it should also help to decrease any anxiety leading up to the exam. Otherwise, your brain has to process the ‘new’ way of completing the test.

What should I do one week before my UCAT?

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At this point, you'll know the format of the exam inside out and will have practised the questions enough times to get used to UCAT timings. Don’t give up – keep preparing in an environment where you cannot be interrupted.

Remember, a lot of your preparation will have been done in the weeks and months before this final week, so be careful not to overdo it and become too fatigued. Your motivation may drop or you might ‘peak’ before the test. Your body needs rest too. 

Now is a great time to introduce or increase self-care in your regime. Whether it’s watching Netflix, gaming, or just running a bath, it’s important to detach yourself from UCAT revision from time to time to avoid the risk of burnout.

In this week you should also prioritise your nutrition and sleep. Eat well, do not miss meals and keep hydrated. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep in the days before the test by avoiding late night cramming or staying awake into the early hours.

If it puts your mind at rest, you can check last year’s UCAT scores, but remember that this is all about your personal journey and performance, so don't get hung up on that information!

What should I do one day before my UCAT?

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We do not advise doing a mock this close to the exam. Revision won't help you much at this stage and can actually leave you worse off. Instead, use this time to wind down and get yourself into a relaxed state. This will enable you to perform at your best on test day.

Try to get to bed early and avoid things that can affect sleep, such as looking at your phone before bed. If you think that you will struggle to sleep on time, you could try doing some exercise during the day to tire yourself out. 

Exercise can boost your brainpower by oxygenating your brain, helping you learn and aid sleep. Plus, activity makes your body release endorphins, which can reduce anxiety and stress levels.

Make sure you double check your UCAT test centre information, the travel route to the test centre, the time of your UCAT exam, and so on, so you’re well prepared for test day. If someone else is giving you a ride to the test centre, it’s worth reminding them.

What should I do on the day of my UCAT?

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You should start the day off with a nutritious breakfast and give yourself enough time to arrive early to the test centre to avoid feeling flustered, rushed or stressed.

Remember that buses and trains can be late and that traffic may be heavier than you had hoped, so allow extra time whichever way you are travelling. Find out how to choose a UCAT test centre.

Make sure you know how to get to the test centre – for instance you could consider taking a map with you. If you’re using your phone for directions, make sure it’s sufficiently charged and that you have spare data (otherwise you can download the map ahead of time to use offline).

On test day you will be expected to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled test time to complete the check-in process.

You need to bring:

  • Your test confirmation email
  • Photographic ID from the approved list

When you arrive at the test centre, it’s likely that you’ll be experiencing a heightened sense of adrenaline. This is completely normal, but it could be helpful to learn some mindfulness tricks to reduce your stress levels. For instance, you could focus on your breathing to help you relax.

Don’t forget, during your test there are one minute introductions between each subtest. You can skip these, but we recommend using the time to mentally refresh yourself.

If you’ve stuck to your revision plan, and followed our advice above, the best thing you can do on test day is to try and keep as calm as possible. Take solace in the fact that you have prepared for weeks/months to get to this point, and channel any nervous energy into doing the best you can during your UCAT test. 

What should I eat and drink leading up to the UCAT?

You should think about your diet well ahead of UCAT test day. Focus on foods that release energy slowly (that is, which have a low glycaemic index, or GI) which will stop you from feeling hungry. These are ideal for UCAT preparation, as well as on test day itself.

Try eating protein and low-GI carbohydrates, such as meat or baked beans, brown (whole grain) rice or pasta, or wholegrain breakfast cereals or muesli. However, do not stray far from your usual diet on the day of the test in case you feel sick. You may want to try these foods out at the same time of day a few weeks in advance.

Be wary of energy drinks and coffee. If you’re not used to them then don’t drink them, especially in large quantities. Caffeine can acutely increase anxiety, and the sugar rush of an energy drink is soon followed by insulin slamming on the brakes, leaving you feeling worse than before. These products are no substitute for a good night’s sleep, eating properly and exercising.

No food or drink is allowed in the test room so eat a healthy meal before your UCAT test and ensure you’re hydrated. While you should make sure you’re drinking enough water, do not overdo it, otherwise you might need the toilet while the timer is ticking.

Please note, access arrangements are available if you have a disability, learning difficulty or long-term medical condition. You may be entitled to extra time and/or rest breaks, and allowed certain items, such as water, at your test centre workstation. 

What happens at the UCAT test centre?

  1. At the registration desk, you will be asked to show a valid photographic ID and a printed/electronic copy of your confirmation email from Pearson VUE. 
  2. You will be asked to sign a signature pad and take a photograph.
  3. You will be given spiral bound laminated sheets and a black marker pen. You may also request earplugs.
  4. Do not take anything other than your ID into the examination room. A locker or a coat hanger will be available.
  5. Go to the bathroom if you need to.
  6. Once the staff have prepared your exam, you may enter the exam room. You may be asked to undergo a body check (e.g. turning up your pockets and rolling your sleeves).
  7. The staff will guide you to the seat, or you may be able to choose your desk. Take some time to prepare yourself and relax. Your two hours have not yet started.

What is the UCAT test environment like?

This image shows a typical UCAT test environment:

Taking the UCAT at a test centre

There is no audio element to the test, but you can request earplugs to block out any noise that might disrupt your concentration. 

You will have access to a basic onscreen calculator which may be useful for the Quantitative Reasoning and Decision Making sections.

You will be given a laminated notebook and marker pen. Consider using these for:

If you require an additional notebook and pen, you can raise your hand and ask the invigilator. Although the invigilator will check that your pen is working before the test, we advise double-checking this to avoid seeking assistance during the test.

What happens during my UCAT test?

  1. Once you are ready, follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Your exam will be in the following order:
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement
  1. You will have one minute before each section to read the instructions. You can skip it, but this will not give you an extra minute to answer the questions. Use this time to give your mind a quick break.
  2. If you have any issues, such as requiring a toilet break, you can quietly raise your hand. However, your time will continue running.
  3. After your exam, there may be an opportunity to answer a short optional survey on UCAT ANZ preparation and the quality of the venue.
  4. Raise your hand when you've finished and the examiner will guide you out of the exam room. You need to return your laminated board and marker pen.
  5. Collect your belongings and leave the test centre.
  6. Your UCAT ANZ results will be emailed to you shortly (usually between 30 minutes and one hour). All results will be delivered to UCAT ANZ Consortium universities automatically.
  7. If you’ve achieved the scores that you desire, well done.
  8. Even if you haven’t achieved the scores you wanted, congratulate yourself for getting through a really tough process. You've done exceptionally well just to get to this point. Plus, you can always take the UCAT again next year or consider graduate entry to medicine – do not give up on your dream!

Do you need help preparing for the UCAT ANZ? Head over to our UCAT ANZ Online Course and we’ll get you signed up to guide you through the whole process.

We provide a huge bank of 20,000+ questions, 24 unique full mock exams, 40+ mini-mock exams, 50+ hours of video tutorials, and performance feedback. We've also upgraded our UCAT mock exams 13-24 and revised our practice question bank to enrich your preparation journey.

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