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Hello lovely people,
I would like to apply at London unis and one of the Oxbridge unis for Med but I'm really scared for the UCAT. I am the worst at the abstract reasoning section like literally not getting any of them right...Any advice or tips would be really useful!!!
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Original post by srija08
Hello lovely people,
I would like to apply at London unis and one of the Oxbridge unis for Med but I'm really scared for the UCAT. I am the worst at the abstract reasoning section like literally not getting any of them right...Any advice or tips would be really useful!!!

Hey AR is certainly a section that you will improve on given enough practice. Firstly, you will come to recognise and learn the patterns. Some are specific to a certain question type: for eg for the one with faces maybe watch out for symmetry, shape of eyes, number of sides etc and for letters for eg: even and odd number of edges. Things like that. For big spirals maybe set A is clockwise and set B is anti-clockwise. Multiple shape questions: even/odd numbers, number of corners, number of a particular shape type, colours of each shape. Note these patterns down. In the real thing, I found myself caught up in the pressure (both from the test and the need of a toilet break) so if you can’t spot the pattern, flag and skip and return. I found the most outrageous of patterns during the real thing that I knew wasn’t quite right but still, I got at least I knew, 2 out of 4 answers right per question set. It’s a strat I also used when doing Medify mocks. So when it doubt, find any pattern really, it works most of the time and of course practice.
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Original post by Tulipbloom
Hey AR is certainly a section that you will improve on given enough practice. Firstly, you will come to recognise and learn the patterns. Some are specific to a certain question type: for eg for the one with faces maybe watch out for symmetry, shape of eyes, number of sides etc and for letters for eg: even and odd number of edges. Things like that. For big spirals maybe set A is clockwise and set B is anti-clockwise. Multiple shape questions: even/odd numbers, number of corners, number of a particular shape type, colours of each shape. Note these patterns down. In the real thing, I found myself caught up in the pressure (both from the test and the need of a toilet break) so if you can’t spot the pattern, flag and skip and return. I found the most outrageous of patterns during the real thing that I knew wasn’t quite right but still, I got at least I knew, 2 out of 4 answers right per question set. It’s a strat I also used when doing Medify mocks. So when it doubt, find any pattern really, it works most of the time and of course practice.

thank you :smile:

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