Multiple Choice: Four answer options, where only one option will be correct.
Yes/No Statements: state ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for each answer.
Decision making questions are designed to test your application of reasoning and logic to a problem, and assess your ability to evaluate different arguments and gain information using statistics. It’s important because, as a Doctor, you’ll be faced with complex situations and have to make difficult decisions.
Average Decision Making Scores
The average decision making over the last four years is 629. Last year’s average score was very close to this, at 625.
These tips will help you see how to improve your UCAT decision making score:
Familiarise Yourself With Graphs. You may encounter questions that involve statistics, so you should familiarise yourself with interpreting graphs and tables.
Review A-Level or GCSE papers. Look at old Biology or Maths papers to revise how to interpret information presented in graphs.
Read, Read, Read. It’s crucial to be able to read texts and interpret the information given. Pay attention to the language. Are statements presented as a certainty or likelihood? Does the associated argument logically address the statement? There are often clues in the language used. Reading statements and questions closely is vital.
Don’t Jump To Conclusions. Although some conclusions may follow logically, unless something is explicitly stated in the passage given, don’t draw conclusions based on your prior knowledge.
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