Top tips for VR:
1. Watch the relatively strict timing. You have less than 2 minutes for each passage, and some questions will be more complex than others – a good, consistent strategy will help you maximise your marks, whilst minimizing the time spent on each question.
2. SBA (Single Best Answer) Sets. Unless you’re using older UCAT books, you should know the majority of questions will be passages with multiple choice questions requiring a single answer, and not statements with ‘true/false/can’t tell’ attached (those only make up 2/11 of the passages).
3. Unclear information. There is more ambiguity in the VR subtest than in the others, so make sure you don’t waste undue time thinking about something you don’t need to know.
4. Long and dense text. Candidates can be overwhelmed initially, but a good approach should prevent that.
5. Overthinking and hesitation. A good number of test takers do this, and as tempting as it might be, please try not to do it!
6. Harder questions. These will include questions that demand a lot of skimming in the passage (questions which don’t have many high yield keywords), and also the more subtle inferences. Remember that each question is worth the same number of points, so don’t neglect easier questions in an effort to solve the harder ones.
7. Spotting qualifiers and absolutes in the passage/statement. The statement should be the first thing you look at during a VR set (NOT THE PASSAGE). Qualifiers and absolutes are important when scrutinizing statements, so be ready to use these in your exam.
8. Skim effectively. There simply isn’t enough time to slowly read through the whole passage and understand everything. Skim for important keywords found in statements, and examine the context of said keywords in the passage.
9. Evaluate Statements. You will be able to pick up important clues from the language used in the statement, and select the most important keywords for scanning in the passage.
10. Understand Options. It’s really important to grasp the meaning of the different answer options (True, False, and Can’t tell), and know how to apply them to statements.