Test taking is a stressful event for many people. Stress can cause people to make silly mistakes, and when it comes to the UKCAT, silly mistakes can be quite costly. That being said, it is important to check yourself on the day of the testing, to be sure that you aren’t using up invaluable time on wasteful endeavors, and that you aren’t allowing your emotions to override effect strategies.
- Getting Stuck on One Question This is the most commonly reported mistake among test takers. Not just those taking the ukcat, but for all exams, everywhere. When it comes to times testing, it is important to keep moving and to look at the big picture, rather than fixating on one small piece. While you certainly want to answer questions correctly, it is much more important that you answer the questions that you know than it is to get that one tricky question solved correctly. If you can’t get it, move on and come back to it later, if time allows.
- Going Above and Beyond Requirements This might be a celebrated trait in the real world, but when it comes to the ukcat, you should be focusing on answering the questions asked, not getting caught up in making sense of data that may or may not be important later on in the exam. Answer the questions as they come, ignoring the provided data until you need it.
- Not Skipping Questions As mentioned in number one, this test is all about answering as many questions right as possible in the allotted time. So, just keep moving. Answer the questions that you know the answers to first, skipping those that don’t make immediate sense, or those that will take longer to solve. Don’t be afraid to skip over questions!
- Failing to Properly Read the Directions We cannot even begin to guess at the percentage of test-takers who make this very major mistake. Be sure that you read each set of directions and each question carefully. Though time is of the essence, misreading can be very costly, and the folks designing these tests are not above tripping you up by providing answers that would make sense only if the question is not read fully.
Becoming Over Stressed Remember, stress is normal. There are few people who can enter the testing environment without some level of fear or anxiety. However, don’t let it consume you. Stress is not your friend, so what you can – meditate, sip a warm beverage, listen to your favorite song — to calm yourself before sitting down to take the UKCats.