The verbal reasoning section of the UCAT is a comprehension test that measures your ability to read information and then decide if conclusions can be drawn from the text.
You’ll need to read written passages of 200-300 words and answer related questions. It lasts 21 minutes and is often considered the most time-pressured of all the UCAT sections.
In that time you’ll have to read 11 passages of text and answer four questions per passage. This means you’ll have 44 verbal reasoning questions overall, working out at two minutes per set – or just 30 seconds per question.
There are two key question types in the verbal reasoning section:
Whilst the trend from 2013 has shown that UCAT tends to incorporate more free text style questions, it is crucial to practise both question types.
Check out this worked out example of a Verbal Reasoning question to get a better understanding of this UCAT section:
Statistically, verbal reasoning is the lowest scoring UCAT section.
Between 2015 and 2019, the average verbal reasoning score fell to around 570 – which was the exact average for the 2020 exam.
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If you want to learn more about how scoring works, check out our UCAT Scores page.
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