Tuesday, July 26, 2011


UMAT is tomorrow. There's a slight atmosphere of panic running through me right now. Not so strong that it consumes me, but it's annoying me. I know that I've done the best preparation possible and that I can't do any better. However, it still bothers me. Again, I'm going to steal this post from Tumblr.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO'S SITTING IT! Just relax because stressing is the worst thing you can do. To everyone sitting it, you've done the best possible preparation you can, and you can't do any better!

I have a few last minute tips - a few of them are a little generic but I'll go through them anyway.

  • Sleep EARLY so make sure this is one of the last posts you read
  • Have a GOOD breakfast - complex carbohydrates last longer and help you concentrate better :)
  • Get all your things ready now - admission ticket, pencils, erasers, ID - before you sleep. Don't want to panic!

More specific tips pertaining to the exam

  • Don't stress out. It's a hard exam, but everyone's in the same position as you.
  • One thing I've tried out lately is taking the exam 3 times - separate the questions into 3 categories: questions you can do in a minute confidently, questions you can do but will take longer than a minute and questions you have no idea how to do.
  • The first time round, do the questions you can do very quickly. As soon as you get to a question which requires a lot of time, skip it and move on.
  • The second time round, do the questions which will take you a little longer but you can work out.
  • The third time round which should be nearing the end of the test, do the impossible questions. Chances are that you won't be able to work them out anyway, so it's better to get them wrong than to spend a lot of time on it while you have around 10-15 other questions that you could easily get.
  • DON'T DRINK WATER LOL - I did that last year so my section 2 and 3 scores were screwed over. I did well in section 1 though but only because I was really concentrating.

Go to sleep early and don't stress. Take the rest of the day off and hang out with friends, which means do something you'll look forward to.