How to save time with the UCAT Calculator

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A simple on-screen calculator will be made available to use in the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) and Decision Making (DM) subtests. The calculator has been included within the official practice tests. I strongly advise you practice using it when preparing for the both subtests.

The on-screen UCAT calculator is a T1-108, which is a basic four function calculator with the core Memory and Num Lock functions. In the exam, there is a link to the online calculator on the top left-hand side of the screen. When you click on this link, the UCAT calculator will appear on your screen. You may either click the buttons using your mouse or by using the number buttons on your keyboard.

Make sure to use the same type of basic calculator during your practice so that you can get acquainted with it before the test. Here are some tips to consider regarding the UCAT calculator:

  • Brush up on the different functions you can perform with the calculator  – know what you can and can’t do on it. It will save you time on the test.
  • Preparing with the calculator will help you identify some of its common problems – this will help you know how to input equations in the right order. 
  • Learn fast mental maths techniques to reduce inputting equations for complex calculations. 
  • Practising will help you to become familiar with the UCAT calculator, making it quicker for you to input necessary information (numbers, functions, etc.).

Practice using the UCAT calculator with the official Simulator.

In the live test the UCAT calculator closes when you click away or move to another question.  You can recall it by clicking on the icon.  Your current calculations should be retained.  To clear the calculator click the ON/C button.  You can use the mouse or the number pad on your keyboard to operate the calculator.  The calculator has a number of core functions that can be used to save time in the exam, they include:

  • Memory functions: MRC, M+ and M-
  • Square Root function
  • +/-  function
  • Percentage function

I found some great videos that explains how to save time using the core functions on abasic calculators, it is pretty much the same as the UCAT calculator, practice what you’ve learned with the simulator.

General Functions:

Memory Function:

Percentage Function:

Advanced Tricks:

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