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UCAT Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section of UCAT tests your numerical problem-solving skills. It lasts 24 minutes.  

Statistically, it is the UCAT section that candidates score highest in. 

This page breaks down Quantitative Reasoning and provides preparation tips that will help you excel.

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What Is Quantitative Reasoning?

Quantitative Reasoning is the second of the five sections of UCAT. It involves critically evaluating various numerical data sets and answering multiple-choice questions. 

The section consists of 36 questions in total, which need to be answered in 24 minutes. This allows for roughly 40 seconds per question. 

Candidates will have access to an online calculator for this section. 

What Is The Question Format?

Quantitative Reasoning consists of 36 multiple-choice questions. You’ll face scenarios with data to help to solve the problems, and be asked to choose one of five answers. The data could be in various forms, including tables, graphs and two/three-dimensional shapes.

What Skills Are Tested?

Quantitative Reasoning assess your skills in analysing data and applying it on a practical level, just as Doctors do when they make drug calculations or undertake clinical research. 

If you don’t have great maths skills, don’t be put off. The questions ‘are less to do with numerical facility and more to do with problem-solving’, UCAT states. So while this section does test your numerical skills, it doesn’t require tough arithmetic. 

Average Quantitative Reasoning Scores

Between 2015 and 2019, the average score range was around 678. The average Quantitative Reasoning score in 2019 was 662

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Quantitative Reasoning tends to be the section candidates feel most comfortable with in comparison to other parts of UCAT. 

If you want to learn more about how scoring works, check out our UCAT Scores page.

Quantitative Reasoning In 60 Seconds

One of our top tutors gives some advice on how to prepare for the Quantitative Reasoning section in the video below:

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