The decision making section requires you to use logic and reasoning to solve textual and visual data-related questions.
It requires you to solve questions that have corresponding text or visual data. There are 29 questions that need to be answered in 31 minutes.
You’ll have access to a basic on-screen calculator for this section.
It replaced decision analysis in 2017.
In this section there are two types of question:
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.
The average decision making over the last four years is 629. Last year’s average score was very close to this, at 625.
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There are a series of tips and techniques for each type of question. You need to learn:
It’s important to know that most people struggle with the decision making subtest because they haven’t had enough practice. It’s really essential that you work through as many DR questions as you can, in order to get comfortable with this style.
To improve productivity, should the NHS make uniforms for all Doctors?
Select the strongest argument from the statements below:
Watch the video below for the answer – and to find out how to approach this question.
We covered this example question in our UCAT webinar – and gave you some tips for how to tackle the decision making subtest. Watch the DM clip below:
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