As you go through an ACER practice paper, you’ll notice that some units will have 2 questions while others can have up to 5. So does it matter which you do first – the one with 2 questions or the unit with 5? Does it make a difference? It does when it comes to timing.

Let’s talk about that now. Timing is the thing separating an average score from an outstanding score. A person who can work through the material quickly and give themselves enough time to understand and answer all the question will do better than a person who runs out of time, rushes through some questions and guesses the rest.

The makers of this exam have to separate the best students from the rest. There are so many people who do this exam, but only a limited few can be accepted. So ACER make the exam harder by making sure you have to work quickly to finish the exam. That way they get the best candidates.

If it wasn’t for this time restriction, I believe that most people could get most of the questions correct. Just imagine sitting, relaxed with a cup of tea, casually reading through the questions, taking your time to answer them.  You could re-read the stimulus, rethink your answers, confirm them, and be sure that what you did was correct. You could see past the scary exterior of the questions and get to the point of what they are asking – like we did earlier.

Almost anyone can answer the questions in the science section, but only the top performers can do it in the given time. Your challenge is to learn to answer the questions faster than you need to, or find ways to increase the time you have to answer the questions.

We show you exactly how to do this in our manual and part of the MCQ STAT preparation program.

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