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Hi! When practicing sections in the UCAT separately and not using timed conditions, I get around 850 in each section. However, when doing a full timed paper I end up with low scores in the quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning sections (around 500)- does anyone have any tips on how to combat this? I can usually complete half the questions and then just guess the other half in the last minute. X
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Original post by Erudite2021
Hi! When practicing sections in the UCAT separately and not using timed conditions, I get around 850 in each section. However, when doing a full timed paper I end up with low scores in the quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning sections (around 500)- does anyone have any tips on how to combat this? I can usually complete half the questions and then just guess the other half in the last minute. X

what I did for quantitative reasoning was go through all the questions and flag the ones which will probably take a while to do, then I go through and do all the easy ones quickly, then I go back to the harder ones and guess if I need to depending on the time left - doing it this way really helped my score as every questions is worth same amount so why spend time trying to do a long question when you could do 3 easy ones in the same time

for abstract reasoning - I went through them in order and as soon as I was stuck on a question I'd just flag it and the rest of the set then move on to the next question then I'd go back and do the ones I couldn't get before
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Original post by Erudite2021
Hi! When practicing sections in the UCAT separately and not using timed conditions, I get around 850 in each section. However, when doing a full timed paper I end up with low scores in the quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning sections (around 500)- does anyone have any tips on how to combat this? I can usually complete half the questions and then just guess the other half in the last minute. X

QR - As the other poster said, partly it's just managing your time in terms of being efficient with which questions you spend time answering and which are a "flag and move on". Also what's important is learning how to use the calculator and your keypad + shortcuts. It saves a lot of time if you master that. Because you get a high score untimed it seems more likely that the real struggle is speed-calculating (under pressure). So keep up with the timed practice (and also could be worth practicing trying to find shortcuts in the question e.g. eliminating impossible/unlikely answers), and you should see an improvement soon!

AR - Again it's just practice and more practice. As the most time-pressured section, it's important to allocate your time effectively. What I found helpful was setting a time limit for spotting the pattern (e.g. 30-40s), and be strict in moving on if I hadn't spotted it within that time.

All the best :smile:

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