How to use the UCAT Flagging Function Effectively

ucat flagging function

You can mark questions and come back to them later using the flagging function. It is an extremely beneficial tool to come back to specific questions in the exam.

I think the flagging function is one of the most underrated tools in the exam. When I took the UCAT back in the day, I had a flagging strategy for each subtest. It played a key role in my triage strategy for the test, I would only flag a question that I either blindly guessed or were too complex questions that I needed more time. For the blind guesses, I also wrote the number of the question down on my whiteboard so I would be able to tell the two types of questions apart. When I would finish a subtest I would first review all the complex questions first then look at the blind guesses. During preparation for the exam, its a good idea to practice with the UCAT interface and use the tool as part of your triage strategy.

How to use the UCAT Flagging Function

There are two ways to use the flagging function in the UCAT. The first way is by clicking on the ‘Flag for Review’ button on the top right of each question in the exam (see button below).

ucat flagging button

The second way to flag a questions is by using the keyboard shortcut ‘ALT +F’, which will flag the question for you automatically to review later.  Both methods will flag the question that is on the screen. You can practice using the function in the tour tutorial provided on the official UCAT website, which illustrates all the functions used in the test including how to answer and review question. When using an online UCAT course, I highly recommend to practice and get into the habit of using it before test day. 

How to use the UCAT Flagging Function Effectively

Here are 5 key tips to follow to ensure you are using the UCAT Flagging function effectively:

Tip #1: Have a preferred method of flagging

There are multiple ways to flag a question in the UCAT, you can either click on the ‘Flag for Review’ button on the top right corner of the screen or use the keyboard shortcut ‘ALT + F’. When attempting questions on the UCAT platform be sure to pick a preferred flagging method and practice using it so that it comes more natural to you on test day. This will ensure you maintain a steady pace throughout the exam.

Tip #2: Know the reason for flagging a question

Be selective on what you flag in the exam. Ideally, you want to only flag questions that you can remember why you marked them in the first place. Some students only flag questions that are completely guesses, others flag questions they feel with abit more time they could answer correctly. Whatever your approach – try to be consistent so that when you come back to it you know why it’s been flagged in the first place. This allows you pick up from where you left off and dive into the problem quicker.

Tip #3: Save time with the ‘ALT + V’ keyboard shortcut

After completing a subtest, you will be taken to the review screen, if you want to go back and look through only questions you have flagged, you can use the keyboard shortcut ‘ALT + V’. This will take you back into the test only showing you questions you’ve flagged. This function will save you a ton of time in the test, I strongly recommend becoming familiar with it during practice.

Tip #4: Consider using the whiteboard provided

It’s a popular approach for students to write down difficult questions on the whiteboard provided in the exam to distinguish between questions you completely guessed and the ones you may need more time on. For instance, questions you have no clue what to answer you could flag and also write on the whiteboard, so that when you review all the questions later you know which ones you completely guessed on and can probably start dealing with them first.

Tip #5: Always put in an Answer

Never flag a question without putting in an answer, even if it is a guess. If you do not get time to come back, at least you will have an answer prepared.

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