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5 Proven Secrets to Prepare for MDCAT and Get High Marks

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We know how passionate you are to step into the realm of medical studies and start calling yourselves Dr. Amna or Dr. Humayun. Wearing that white overall and roaming through the hospital corridors while greeting your patients is your future picture. We totally get that!

But that, my friends, is the destination that has a series of obstacles and milestones in its way. You need to surpass them all to achieve your dream life.

How? Of course, by scoring really good in MDCAT, an abbreviation for Medical and Dental College Admission Test!

Another “how” popping in your mind? Seems normal. Keep up with our plan for preparing for this test and you are pretty much in the league for securing admission in your favorite medical or dental college.

With 50% weightage allocated for MDCAT in the admission criterion for the medical institutes in Punjab, undermining its significance would be a foolish act. The test is taken each year by the University of Health Sciences, UHS in different test centers designated throughout the country.

1. Devise a Time Table

This might seem a bit too redundant and bizarre, considering our obsession with making such plans throughout school and college. Admit it, we always deviated from our own study plans. The reasons for this attitude vary from person to person. Let bygones be bygones now.

You know what you are competing for, right? Around 60,000 aspirants contesting for a handful of 3,500 seats brings forth an unimaginable competition.

How to tackle this pressure? Make a chart detailing the division of preparatory leaves and the subjects you will be covered in those days.

Remember that the portion for English has the least weightage i.e., only about 9%. Allocating only a few days for its preparation would be convenient and wise on your part.

Paste this time table near your bedside or study table and keep track of it right from the start to avoid any stress. As soon as you observe yourself giving up on your studies in the middle of the day, just push yourself a little harder by referring to this plan and believing it is the right way to prepare for MDCAT. This way, the time table serves as a constant motivation for the students on the verge of quitting.

2. Assess Your Previous Knowledge

Don’t jump to your fragile textbooks right away. Take a breath. Ask yourself if you really need to start all over again. Surely not! This will not only make you lose all interest but also, increase your fatigue post FSc or A-Levels or equivalent exams.

Don’t forget to watch this video in Urdu to improve your memory.

So what shall one do?

Head to your computers, study materials or seniors and search for MDCAT past papers. Do not go beyond 2015 or 2016 as the material and examiners’ point of view becomes quite different from the passage of time.

Once you get a hold of these papers, follow this strategy of self-assessment that has a hundred percent success rate:

  • 1st Evaluation

Reset your stopwatch. Grab a ball pen. Layout the paper before yourself. And start solving it. Consider this as the preliminary step in your preparation for MDCAT.

Once you’re done, get the answer key for that paper from the internet and score yourself. Scoring needs to be done not in the traditional way. Mark the MCQs attempted wrong. Trace the topic they were chosen from. Mark the topics on a notebook and start revising them.

  • Succeeding Evaluations

Now, for the subsequent attempts. Keep repeating this practice 2 to 3 times until you’re quite certain about the subjects you need to focus more on for the final test. Spare at least 2 weeks for this practice.

Why are we even doing this? Ask yourself how long ago did you take your intermediate exams? A week? A fortnight? Not more than that, right? Obviously, you prepared something for the exams, didn’t you? Why start from scratch when you just took the exams accounting for 50% weightage in getting admission in a medical college? Why start from learning alphabets when you’re an expert in forming sentences?

3. Organize Your Study Material

At this critical point, it’s completely unnecessary and improper on your part to refer to the study materials that are irrelevant and redundant. Skim through your college and academy tests and notes. Scoop out the ones that will prove helpful in preparing for the test in minimum time consumed.

For instance, you need not prepare the notes you made to clarify your concepts concerning physical chemistry when you are already quite clear about the topics it entails.

The best study materials that you need to pay attention and regards to are:

  • Textbooks

Visit the UHS official website and get a hold on the chapters and syllabus described on it for MDCAT 2020.

For the students with an educational background other than FSc pre-medical, you need to worry. The topics described by UHS for the MDCAT syllabus are provided in your A-Levels/CIE books as well. So, you may prepare them easily from there or refer to some key understandings from FSc textbooks for convenience.

  • Past papers

Nothing guides you better than past papers. They help you comprehend the examiners’ points of view while selecting MCQs from a topic, the weightage they will be assigned to every subtopic and the types of MCQs they will be including in general. It’s literally this much pronounced in the past papers.

Any sources other than these are an additional effort on the aspirant’s part. Try to avoid them if you’re clear on your concepts beforehand. They will only add to your anxiety.

4. Uphold Your Focus Frame

If you are quite sure and passionate enough to become a doctor, then you need to imagine and convince yourself of the importance of these few months for preparation. As soon as you feel a stimulus is intruding on your study plan or focus frame, take immediate action. Bring yourself back to your goals and targets to be achieved for the day according to your time table.

  1. Try cutting off from your smartphones, social media accounts and TV seasons for a month or two. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds.
  2. Search out some focusing and meditation exercises on the internet to improve your productivity for the day.
  3. Avoid negative opinions and unnecessary advice from the ones not in your own shoes.
  4. Dodge any discouraging agents undermining your vision.

5. Take Mock Tests

Want to avoid any panic attacks on the big day? Not sure if you won’t shiver for fear of not completing the test in the assigned time? No worries!

Take mock tests for practice either at home or in some academy. This will prepare your impulses and reflexes for the defining day and help minimize the effects of the anxiety that MDCAT creates for the candidates.

With these basic strategies and humble pieces of advice, we hope your journey becomes a bit less troublesome for you! Best of luck for the exam this year!

Don’t Forget to Read the MDCAT Highest Marks Achievers Interviews on Top Study World:

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