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Some mental maths tricks for the UCAT (incl. YouTube videos)

One of the main challenges with the QR and DM subtests is timing. Learning a few basic mental maths tricks will save you a ton of time. In this article, we share YouTube videos that provide helpful mental maths tricks for common calculations in the exam. 1. Fast Mental Multiplication Trick 2. Mental Maths Trick For Calculating Fractions 3. Mental Maths Trick for Calculating Percentages 4. Mental Maths trick for Square roots 5. How To Square Number In Your Head For more check out the Tecmath’s YouTube channel. Not sure where to begin UCAT preparation? Take the FREE 30-day UCAT study challenge or read more UCAT articles.

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How to save time with the UCAT Calculator (2020 updated)

A simple on-screen calculator will be made available to use in the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) and Decision Making (DM) subtests. I strongly recommend that you practice using it when preparing for both subtests. Percentage: Use this function for calculating percentages Divide: Use this function for the division of one number by the other. Multiply: Use this function for multiplication of two numbers Subtract: Use this function for the subtraction of one number by the other. Add: Use this function to add two numbers together. Equals: Use this button to get a result of a function (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and so on). The equals sign is also useful for getting around the [Read More]

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Complete Guide to Percentages in the UCAT Quantitative Subtest

Percentages can get surprisingly complicated on the UCAT. Part of that is because they are never straightforward. While it’s easy enough to work out 50%  or 10% of a number, it’s rarely so easy to make the conversion on the UCAT, especially when the percentages given are, say, 31% or 18%. To make matters worse, the UCAT won’t just test you on the simple process of finding the percentage of a number. Instead, it’ll present problems in such a way that calculating the percentage is one of the multiple steps to derive your final answer. Scenarios you can expect in the exam include cases where you calculate in reverse, find [Read More]

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Complete Guide to Speed, Distance and Time in the Quantitative Subtest

Chances are you’ll get at least one speed, distance and time problem in the Quantitative Reasoning subtest. With enough practice and a good idea of what to look out for when reading a question, these problems become easier to solve. Often found in text format, this type of question-type is one many students become quickly familiar with, so don’t get nervous if you don’t know how to approach it. In this article, we will explore the key skills needed for dealing with speed, distance and time problems in the UCAT quantitative reasoning. These are all basic skills and should be used as a guide to help recognise weak areas and [Read More]

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Dissecting the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Subtest

The Quantitative Reasoning subtest is the third section of the UCAT.  It includes 36 questions and is scored out of 900. In this article, we will look at the subtest in more detail. What to Expect You will be presented with 36 questions, many of the questions are connected to the same data (or stimulus), whilst some questions are standalone. Students are required to solve problems by extracting relevant information from tables, charts and graphs. A simple on-screen calculator is available for use in this section.  You may also need to use the whiteboards and pen provided. Question types Questions cover a broad range of topics covered at GCSE level. [Read More]