Tips on Maximising Your One-Minute Introductions Before Each UCAT ANZ Subtest Section

UCAT Section Advice


During your UCAT ANZ time is extremely limited with no time for breaks, relaxation or moments of self reflection or is there?

The UCAT ANZ consists of 5 different subtests:

Five sections of the UCAT ANZ: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement.

You are given 1 minute to ONLY read instructions at the start of each subtest, you cannot use this 1 minute to read or answer any questions; you are free to skip this 1 minute, if you wish to do so. If you have prepared for the UCAT ANZ exam, there will be no need to read any of the instructions. However, if used correctly, this short time-period can potentially improve your performance. Here is how:

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Toilet breaks during your real UCAT ANZ exam:

You are free to take toilet breaks at anytime during the test. However, the test time will continue to run during the break, and you will lose valuable time to answer the questions. If it is necessary to take a toilet break, the instruction time is the best time to do so. Although you may still lose some time, you are missing 1 minute less.

UCAT ANZ desk exercise:

Each sub-test in the UCAT ANZ has similar questions and can feel repetitive; to help relieve some boredom and regain some focus, you can try these exercises during the 1-minute introduction periods:

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  • Shoulder Shrugs: Move your shoulders up and down, holding for 5 seconds in each position.
  • Neck Tilts: Tilt your head from side to side, keeping your shoulders and arms relaxed.
  • Neck Stretch: Move your head around to stretch your neck.
  • Wrist stretch: Press your palm against the desk/chair with your wrist bent. Repeat with back of the palm.
  • Hand/Finger stretch: Open your hands as much as possible, then clench strongly. Repeat a few times.

Meditate between UCAT ANZ sections:

If you feel stressed or nervous during the test, you may not be able to perform at your best. Meditating during the 1 minute can help relax and calm your mind, helping you control your emotions and think more rationally

Here is some advice on how to meditate:

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  • Close your eyes.
  • Sit with your back straight.
  • Breathe deeply and slowly; in through the nose and out through the mouth.
  • While you breathe, clear your mind.
  • Once you feel calmer, open your eyes and focus on the next subtest.
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Steady yourself after a bad UCAT ANZ sub-test:

There are times when you can feel you under-performed in a sub-test; it is easy to let these negative emotions drag on and affect your performance in later sections. However, you should remember it is the total score which is essential, not scores for individual sub-tests. Even if you do poorly in one section, scores from other sub-tests can balance it out. Furthermore, just because you felt you did poorly does not necessarily mean you have. You do not know your results until the test ends, and so it is unwise to give up during your exam. There is no benefit from giving up halfway. You have better chances of trying your best in the later sections. You can still raise your total score.

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Trust in your UCAT ANZ knowledge:

Trust the effort and time you put into your revision; you spent many hours focusing on this test. Your efforts will be rewarded with high scores.

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