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UCAT Abstract Reasoning

The Abstract Reasoning section of UCAT tests whether you can identify particular patterns amongst abstract shapes. At just 13 minutes, it is the shortest section in the exam. 

Abstract Reasoning questions often include unrelated and distracting elements to cause confusion, so understanding common patterns is key.

This page is a great starting point to gain knowledge of the Abstract Reasoning section – and includes tips that will help you identify sequences. 

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What is Abstract Reasoning?

Abstract Reasoning is the third of the five UCAT sections. You’ll be presented with shape-based patterns and sequences to assess your spatial awareness and reasoning.

There are 55 multiple choice questions, divided into 13 question sets. With 13 minutes to answer everything, this gives you just one minute per set.  

What Is The Question Format?

There are 4 question types in this section:

What Skills Are Tested?

The Abstract Reasoning section tests your abilities to evaluate and generate hypotheses and assesses critical thinking skills. This is important because Doctors deal with both reliable and unreliable information, and they need to make judgements based on possible diagnoses from test results. 

Average Abstract Reasoning Scores

Between 2015 and 2019, Abstract Reasoning scores tended to fall between 630 and 640. The average Abstract Reasoning score in 2019 was 638.

Average Verbal Reasoning Scores20152016201720182019
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For more on UCAT scoring, check out our UCAT Scores page.

Abstract Reasoning In 60 Seconds

Want some more advice on how to tackle the Abstract Reasoning section of UCAT? Check out this clip. 

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