The practice tips below should be read by all candidates preparing for the UCAT ANZ. By becoming familiar with these essential tips you can save yourself valuable time on test day.
A simple on-screen calculator will be available for the decision making and quantitative reasoning subtests. To access this click on the icon in the top left hand side of the screen. The calculator will look similar to this:
The calculator has been included within the timed practice tests. We strongly advise you to use the calculator when taking the practice tests in order to familiarise yourself with the functionality.
In the live test the calculator closes when clicking away or moving to another question. It can be recalled by clicking on the icon; current calculations should be retained. To clear the calculator click the ON/C button. The calculator can be operated by using the mouse or the number pad on the keyboard; ensure that 'Num Lock’ is on for the number pad to work. Note that not all keyboards at Pearson VUE test centres contain the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard. Candidates should practise using the calculator with the mouse as well as the numeric keypad.
Please note that due to limitations with the web browser format the practice test calculator does not retain calculations when clicking away or moving to another question.
In the practice test calculator decimal numbers need to be entered in full (e.g. 0.5 not .5). In the live test calculator decimal numbers can be entered either way.
If you require assistance with the calculator during your test you should raise your hand to attract the invigilator.
Keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate through the test if you find this preferable to using the mouse. Wherever there is a letter underlined, the Alt key can be used with the underlined letter as a keyboard short cut. An example would be Alt + N = Next (as displayed below) and Alt + P = Previous.
The shortcuts available at any time during the test depend on which screen is currently being viewed. Keyboard shortcuts cannot be used to select answers to questions; this has to be done by using the mouse to select the desired response, and in some cases to drag and drop an answer. You can familiarise yourself with this, and other aspects of navigation, by using the practice tests available on our website.
Notebook and marker pen
You will be given a marker pen and a notebook to make notes during your test. If another notebook is required, you should raise your hand and request one from the invigilator. The invigilator will have checked the pen is working before giving it out. You may wish to check this before your start to avoid the need to seek assistance during testing. If you are not given a notebook and pen when you enter the test room, you should request them by raising your hand. Not requesting these items will not be considered a mitigating circumstance.
Commercial Preparation Materials
Candidates should be aware that whilst there are many commercial companies publishing books and offering coaching for our test, the UCAT ANZ Consortium does not work with any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials. Taking advantage of these opportunities can cost candidates a great deal of money and we would advise you to be sceptical about claims they can help you do well in the test by coaching.
Commercial organisations will be using items that are not necessarily of the standard you will encounter in the UCAT and this may distort your performance whilst practising. Screen views may be different and commercial organisations are unlikely to include the new item types which you may encounter in your test. They may also not replicate the UCAT scoring accurately and may give misleading indicators of your anticipated UCAT score.
We therefore strongly advise candidates to use the official Practices Tests and Question Banks on our website, and to be cautious about using resources from any commercial providers as these are not affiliated with UCAT in any way.