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How to use the BMAT syllabus to analyse missed questions in Section 2

The BMAT syllabus outlines the science and maths knowledge assessed in BMAT Section 2. In this article, we will look at how to use it to analyse incorrect questions and pinpoint underlying issues. Section 2 questions may draw upon any parts of the syllabus and may include topics from more than one area.  The Basics In a previous guide, I shared a proven strategy to help analyse incorrect questions during BMAT practice. The article explains the three tiers to analyse incorrect answers, which are: Stimulus-type (the presented material) Question-type (the type of question) Skills/Reasoning-type (the skill or thinking required) Unfortunately, when it comes to section 2, most students only analyse [Read More]

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How to set BMAT practice tests during revision

In this article, we will look at how to set BMAT practice tests. Firstly, it is worth noting that practice tests do not necessarily mean BMAT past papers. Many books and courses include practice questions which are not from official papers that can be used to set BMAT practice tests. Generally, I recommend saving past papers for fully timed mocks under exam conditions. Whilst practice tests could be a more of a “build-up” to a full mock. So this poses the question, how do you set BMAT practice tests? Well, it depends on your goal, whether you are looking to improve your accuracy or speed. Accuracy  When focussed on exam accuracy, [Read More]

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How to analyse wrong questions during BMAT practice

We will look at a proven strategy to help analyse incorrect questions during BMAT practice.  Getting a question wrong during BMAT practice can feel anywhere from mildly disappointing to absolutely infuriating (I’ve been there). However, it offers the opportunity to learn something new about the exam and yourself. But to see any improvement you have to review questions with a toothcomb. I recommended analysing each question at three levels: 1. Stimulus-type: the material presented to analyse. Take into consideration the length & complexity of the information, writing style and format (text, table, graph, etc.). 2. Question-type: the type of question presented. You can find a full breakdown of section 1 and 2 [Read More]

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How to use the BMAT Specification for section 2

The BMAT specification (or syllabus) is an official guide to help with working on any gaps in knowledge. In this article, we will look at how to use it to get up to speed in the exam. The following are my tips on working through the official BMAT specification. Use it as a rough guide during study. Step #1. Do a quick comfortability test Start by skimming through the BMAT syllabus and ticking off the topics that you are confident in solving problems. The idea is that unticked topics will take priority during revision. I recommend completing at least two comfortability tests during BMAT study, one at the beginning and [Read More]

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Use this technique to evaluate performance in BMAT papers

Reviewing your results in BMAT papers is vital during practice. In this article, we will explore the SWOT analysis framework I recommend to assess performance. SWOT analysis is a framework for identifying and analysing the internal and external factors that can have an impact on your BMAT performance. The framework is credited to Albert Humphrey, who tested the approach in the 60s and early 70s. Organisations of all types now adopt it as an aid in making business decisions. However, it can be used for personal assessment, and we will apply the framework to assess our results in BMAT papers. When and why you should do a SWOT analysis A [Read More]

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UCAT conversion table (2020 updated)

Use the UCAT conversion tables below to convert raw marks to scaled UCAT scores in each subtest.  The UCAT conversion tables below should be used to convert your raw practice marks in each section. Please note that our scoring system is for approximation purposes only and is NOT endorsed by the official UCAT exam. However, we have designed each table to bark on the side of caution, so that in most cases, a similar performance on the UCAT should result in a slightly higher score.  For more on how to go about using the conversion tables for UCAT study, download our free 30-day UCAT challenge. It is a free guide designed to [Read More]

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Key UCAT dates and timelines (incl. UCAT ANZ timelines)

We strongly recommend creating a study schedule* to ensure you complete your revision on time.  An important part of this is keeping a note of key UCAT dates and timelines. Find below the key timelines for each UCAT test. The dates do vary each year so we have provided links to the official ‘date and fee’ pages for the exact dates. *For step-by-step guidance on creating an effective study schedule for the UCAT, grab a copy of our UCAT self-study coach. Key UCAT UK Dates  Registration Opens:  Early May Bursary Scheme opens:  Early May Testing Begins:  Early July Registration Closes: Mid-September Bursary Deadline: Mid-September Booking/Rescheduling Closes:  Early October Last Testing [Read More]

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The pitfalls of using a UCAT book to study for the exam

In this article, we will explore some of the pitfalls of using a UCAT book for revision. This is not to say they are not worth the investment, but it’s important to consider their cons before buying any book.  Generally speaking, UCAT books are an affordable option for most students, and they still do provide a lot of value. So what is the issue? To help explain, let’s first explore the different types of UCAT books that exist. Types of UCAT books There are three main types of books in the market at the moment. 1. Practice books: These were the first type of UCAT books, and they focus on [Read More]

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Dissecting the UCAT Abstract Reasoning Subtest

The Abstract Reasoning subtest is the fourth section of the UCAT.  It includes 55 questions and is scored out of 900. In this article, we will look at the subtest in more detail. The UCAT Abstract reasoning assesses how you infer relationships from abstract shapes and patterns.  Usually, examiners may include irrelevant and distracting shapes to mislead you into selecting the wrong answer.  What to expect You’ll be presented with a lot of shapes to analyse. With each problem, you will find yourself tracking and critically evaluating relationships as well as generating hypotheses. Also, querying your own judgement as you go along trying to work out the rules governing relationships. [Read More]

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Step-by-Step guide preparing with the UCAT Medify course (2020 updated)

Medify is one of the most popular UCAT courses with 1-in-3 candidates using it to prepare for the UCAT. In this article, I share a step-by-step guide in preparing with their online UCAT course. Step 1 – Attempt the official question banks & at least one practice test Before using the Medify course, attempt the official questions. The official website includes a set of question banks and practice tests that covers all the question-types in the exam. The most reliable way to spot weak areas is by attempting these first. By spotting where your natural capabilities lie, you can use Medify more strategically by doing more practice of weak areas. [Read More]