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UCAT Decision Making Tips & Practices

Posted by Dan on Mar 11, 2019 12:14:39 PM

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Medical professionals (dentists and doctors) are often confronted with complex situational tasks that require quick and accurate decisions. This is tested in the Decision-Making section of the UCAT. Below, we’ve asked our UCAT experts their recommended approach in succeeding in this section.

You will have 29 questions that must be answered within 31 minutes. These questions are either multi-choice or true/false (typically for a series of statements). In our METC Institute UCAT Preparation Course, we comprehensively cover how to successfully approach each question type that you will encounter.

We explore some of the question types you may encounter below. 

With Venn Diagram type questions, you typically only need to choose a correct answer from four options. You’ll either have to organise the data and select the relevant Venn diagram or select the best conclusion from a set. In the second case, you’ll have to interpret the diagram – here, as always, practice makes perfect.

With Logical Deduction type questions, you’ll often have to interpret a situation and then use logic to deduce the correct answer. Often candidates find trouble in the amount of information provided (information overload). We recommend drawing diagrams to assist you in organising the information, which will simplify your selection.

The Probability type question will present a number of possible outcomes in which you have to select the most likely. We recommend revision of the mathematics involved in simple probability.

Analytical type questions involve interpretation of either a graph, chart or a passage of text. The information is provided for interpretation and the candidate must then review the options provided: you’ll either select the correct answer from a list of four; or select either true/false for a group of statements. Practice with a range of charts and graphs and start a collection of those you find difficult. These you’ll review periodically as you prepare. Another helpful process is to explain a graph or chart to a study-buddy.

You’ll have a simple on-screen calculator available for this section, but it’s useful to use the booklet and pen if available to draw your diagrams and rough calculations.

As always, preparation is key.

Next time, we’ll be covering Quantitative Reasoning tips & practice in the UCAT. Until then, happy studying! 

Topics: UCAT, Undergraduate Medicine, UCAT Preparation, UCAT Decision Making