MDCAT abbreviation for Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test is a standardized test conducted by UHS (university of health sciences). It is probably the most decisive assessment for aspiring doctors to be as its result holds 50% weightage in the aggregate calculation for admission in medical colleges. In other words, it can make or break your dream of becoming a doctor. So how to ace the MDCAT exam? To answer this question, we have put together a comprehensive guide about how to prepare for MDCAT.
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Let’s begin with the pattern of this test. It is an MCQs based type covering four subjects; Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and English. There are a total of 200 MCQs that must be completed within 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Out of these 200, 88 are dedicated to Biology, 44 to Physics, 58 to Chemistry, and 30 to English. Each question carries 01 mark and there is no negative marking unlike engineering entry tests.
Now let’s discuss the tips and tricks you can apply to stand above the crowd and score high marks:
This means that after quickly skimming through the whole exam, start attempting them from the beginning. Fill the answer for every question you know the answer to. If you experience difficulty to solve a question or are confused between two options, skip. You can always come back to it at the end.
All the questions in the test can be categorized into groups based on their difficult level. Out of the total 200 questions, 130 are quite easy and can be solved by most students. Attempt them first to boost your confidence level, save time, and calm your nerves. It should take around 60-80 minutes
Now comes the moderately tricky questions which consist of around 35 questions. You should solve them in about 35 minutes. Then lastly, dedicate the rest of the time to the most difficult questions left.
There are many books available on the market dedicated to the preparation of MDCAT, don’t forget to practice from them. They are structured in accordance with the pattern and syllabus of the exam and hold many useful insights.
If you are in a pickle, whether to join an academy, hire a professional for private tuitions, or just prepare by yourself at home, then our suggestion is to self-reflect. Be honest and ask yourself these question:
Now make a decision on the basis of the answers to these questions.
30th August is the appointed date for MDCAT 2021, which means students have less than a month to prepare for it. Follow these steps to prepare for it in such a short time:
We understand that it is a struggling time and demand a lot of your time and effort. But if successful, the end result will make all the struggle worth it. Be calm and have faith in yourself on the day of the exam.