Micro and Macro timing Issues in the UCAT (Examples)

ucat timing issues

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On Day 12 of the virtual tutor I introduced the concept of micro and macro timing issues to assess speed in your weakest subtest. This process is how you will evaluate your pace throughout the duration of your prep. In this article I provide some common examples, use it as a rough guide to help you identify the micro and macro issues you encounter during prep then use resources (such as the UCAT Study Guide to learn tips or techniques to fix them).

Verbal Reasoning: Micro

  • Hyper Regression (going back to read text too many times)
  • Reading text one word at a time
  • Fixating on a word or sentence
  • Subvocalising (reading out loud)
  • Reading answer options multiple times

Verbal Reasoning: Macro

  • No triage strategy
  • No Flagging Strategy
  • No contingency plan
  • Not using Keyboard shortcuts
  • Not using the exam VR layout to your advantage (for those that have the new UCAT Study Guide see strategy #4)
  • Wasting time on difficult questions
  • Staring at the timer too many times

Decision Making: Micro

  • slow at drawing conclusions
  • slow at Basic arithmetic: addition & subtraction
  • slow at constructing Venn diagrams

Decision Making: Macro

  • No triage strategy
  • No Flagging Strategy
  • Not using onscreen calculator effectively
  • No contingency plan
  • Not using Keyboard shortcuts
  • Not using the exam DM layout to your advantage
  • Wasting time on difficult questions
  • Staring at the timer too many times

Quantitative Reasoning: Micro

  • slow at calculating percentages
  • slow at converting decimals to fractions
  • Hyper Regressing text problems
  • slow at interpreting graph data
  • slow at adding two-digit numbers
  • slow at subtracting two-digit numbers
  • slow at dividing and multiply two or three-digit numbers

Quantitative Reasoning:Macro

  • No triage strategy
  • No Flagging Strategy
  • Not using onscreen calculator effectively
  • No contingency plan
  • Not using Keyboard shortcuts
  • Not using the exam QR layout to your advantage
  • Wasting time on difficult questions
  • Staring at the timer too many times

Abstract Reasoning: Micro

  • slow at recognising patterns (shape, colour, etc)
  • Slow at changing tactic when initial thesis for relationship fails
  • Poor at eliminating answer options
  • Spending too much time on an item or set

Abstract Reasoning: Macro

  • No triage strategy
  • No Flagging Strategy
  • No contingency plan
  • Not using Keyboard shortcuts
  • Not using the exam AR layout to your advantage
  • Wasting time on difficult questions
  • Staring at the timer too many times

Situational Judgment: Micro

  • Hyper Regression (going back to read text too many times)
  • Reading text one word at a time
  • Fixating on a word or sentence
  • Subvocalising (reading out loud)
  • Reading answer options multiple times
  • Unable to recognise the main character

Situational Judgement: Macro

  • No triage strategy
  • No Flagging Strategy
  • No contingency plan
  • Not using Keyboard shortcuts
  • Not using the exam STJ layout to your advantage
  • Wasting time on difficult questions
  • Staring at the timer too many times

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