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UMAT Day: Get psyched up, not psyched out

Your UMAT scores depend on how much you know, but they also depend on how well you can apply what you know. If you are nervous, distracted, or in a bad mood during the UMAT, you may have a hard time concentrating and harnessing your knowledge. Here are some basic tips to help you control your nerves on the day of the UMAT.

Think Positively.

This tip cannot be emphasized enough. Getting down on yourself during the test does more than make you feel bad during the UMAT! In fact, it is taking away your body’s support system. If you are busy worrying about how well or how bad you are doing on the UMAT, then you are not busy thinking about the question in front of you. All that preparation has prepared you to do a great job on the UMAT.

Remember, you are ready for the UMAT. Just concentrate and keep moving. You’ll do fine. 

Keep Yourself Focused.

Try not to think about anything except the question in front of you on the UMAT. If you catch yourself thinking about something else, take a deep breath and bring your focus back to the UMAT.

Concentrate on Your Own Work.

The first thing some students do when they get stuck on a question, or find themselves running into a batch of tough questions in the UMAT, is to look around to see how everyone is doing. What they see is discouraging: other students busy filling in their UMAT answer sheets.

You may think to yourself, “Look at how well everyone else is doing. What is wrong with me?” If you start thinking this way, try to remember:

Everyone works at a different pace in the UMAT. Your neighbours may not be working on the same question as you. They too, might very well get stuck on that question later! Thinking about what someone else is doing on the UMAT is not going to help you answer even a single question. In fact, it is taking away your precious time!

Don’t get concerned about what other people are doing on the UMAT. Just concentrate on doing the best job you can do. 

Remember, You’re in Control.

Developing a plan for tackling the UMAT will help you feel more in control during the UMAT itself. Even if the UMAT is tomorrow, there is still time to familiarise yourself with the UMAT test directions You should also review the different question types so you won’t be shocked during the UMAT.

If you’re in control, you’ll have the best chance of getting the best UMAT score that you deserve. 

Staying in control during the UMAT

Below are a few useful tips as to how to stay in control during the UMAT.

Distractions:

  • One of the things you’ll probably have to deal with during the UMAT is distractions. This may be someone sniffling, or coughing, or tapping a pencil. In fact there have even been stories of distractions ranging from pile drivers at a nearby construction site to the school’s symphonic band practicing outside!
  • The most important thing is to not let these distractions get to you, use them as a reminder to get back to the UMAT in front of you.

Keep moving while the clock is ticking:

  • Don’t count on the supervisor being accurate or consistent about writing up the time remaining during the UMAT. You should monitor your time continually as you work through the UMAT exam.
  • To avoid time warps and spacing out during the UMAT, keep your pencil moving every few seconds, marking up your UMAT test booklet. Don’t ever let you pencil lift more than a few centimetres off the page – keep it poised to mark up questions.
  • Try not to spend forever filling in the bubbles on the UMAT answer sheet. It’s not uncommon to see a student in the exam room artistically darkening a bubble for 10-15 seconds. That is a total of 3 minutes wasted on the entire UMAT!
  • Use absolutely every second available during the UMAT to work on the questions. Don’t stop until the supervisor says stop!

 

10 Tips For During The UMAT

You have rehearsed for this day for the past few months, so here are a few final tips that you have no doubt heard before. We want to make sure that you have as smooth a UMAT experience as possible.

Please share this article with your friends or family if you think they need some final tips as well.

1. Read and Think carefully.

Consider all the choices in each question on the UMAT. Don’t lose points on easy UMAT questions through careless mistakes.

2. Use your UMAT test booklet.

Your UMAT answer sheet must be kept neat and free of stray marks, but you can mark up your UMAT test booklet. You can write whatever you want, wherever you want on it. However, you will not receive credit for anything written in the booklet. Below are some tips as to how to use your UMAT test booket:

  • Mark each question that you don’t answer on the UMAT so that you can easily find it again
  • Draw a line through each choice as you eliminate it when working on a question on the UMAT
  • Mark important sections, sentences or words in the stimulus.
  • Make drawings to help you figure out word problems
  • Mark key information on the graphs
  • Add information to drawings and diagrams on the UMAT as you work on them

3. Check your answer sheet regularly to make sure you are in the right place.

Losing your place on the UMAT answer sheet will affect your test results. Check that the number of the UMAT question and the number on the answer sheet matches every few questions. This is especially important when you skip a question on the UMAT.

4. Work at an even, steady pace, but keep moving.

Don’t spend too much time working through hard questions on the UMAT that you lose time to find and answer the easier questions on the UMAT. Try to work on less time-consuming questions before moving on to those that require more time. you can also save time on the UMAT by marking questions as you work on them and crossing out choices as you move through the UMAT.

5. Keep track of time during the UMAT.

You have a total of 3 hours to complete the UMAT. Develop a habit of occasionally checking your progress through the UMAT. That way, you know when you are a quarter of the way through the time allotted, when you are half-way through the UMAT and when you only have 5 minutes left. If you have any time left over on the UMAT, use it to check your answers.

6. Know which questions on the UMAT are best for you.

After practicing the different kinds of questions on the drills and practice UMAT exams, you will probably know which type of questions you are most comfortable with. Some questions, you will find, will take you longer than others. It may help to begin with the type of questions you feel most comfortable with, rather than the very beginning of the booklet.

If you do adopt this tip, just be sure to mark in your UMAT test booklet which question you skipped so you can return to it.

7. Answer the easy questions on the UMAT first

Once you know where the easy and hard questions are on the UMAT, answer the easy questions before tackling the more time-consuming questions on the UMAT.

8. Think positively on the UMAT

Getting down on yourself during the UMAT does more than make you feel bad. It is taking away the confidence and support your body needs to solve problems. It can even distract  you. Try to keep your confidence up, and focus on each question on the UMAT.

The UMAT aims to display what you know and can do. If you have prepared, you should feel good about yourself and your capabilities!

9. Stay focused on the UMAT

Ignore distractions during the UMAT. Think only of the question in front of you. If you catch yourself daydreaming, bring your focus back to the UMAT.

10. Never give up on the UMAT.

Don’t listen to the little voice in your ear that says “The UMAT is impossibly hard”. Keep going no matter what.

 

Final UMAT tips: The Morning of the UMAT

Here are some useful tips for you the morning of the UMAT:

  • When you wake up on the day of the UMAT, consider taking a shower or doing some brief exercise to get the blood flowing.
  • If your parent, guardian, friend or relative is taking you to the UMAT, make sure they are up too.
  • Eat a normal breakfast on the morning of the UMAT, by that we mean eat whatever you eat normally for breakfast. You don’t want to eat too much, or something that you don’t normally eat as it may upset your stomach or cause you to be groggy.
  • Caffeine should only be consumed on the day of the UMAT if it is in your normal routine to do so.
  • Before you leave for the UMAT, make sure you have everything you need with you. (Perhaps even have the bag packed the night before hand)
  • Allow enough time to get to the UMAT test site 30 – 40 minutes before the recommended time. This allows for traffic delays, and to get in a good position to enter into the exam room. (Remember, there are thousands of students getting to the UMAT test site, traffic is probably not going to be very smooth)
  • It may even be helpful to listen to some music in the car trip before arriving at the UMAT test site. If you listen to music that makes you feel good, you will be in a better position to solve the Understanding People questions on the UMAT. (Imagine if you were angry, it is likely that you would think others are also feeling angry, like you.)
  • When lining up with other candidates at the UMAT test site, exchange of general conversation may be useful, but try not to talk too much about the UMAT itself.

We hope these tips will help you in keeping calm, focused and relaxed for the UMAT. Ultimately, just remember, you have prepared for this, and the UMAT will allow you to showcase those skills you have practiced.