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UCAT Quantitative Reasoning

What is UCAT Quantitative Reasoning?

As a doctor, a large part of your duties will involve problem-solving, drug calculations and perhaps clinical research, so good problem-solving skills are crucial. The UCAT Quantitative Reasoning (previously UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning) section tests these abilities using basic numerical skills to GCSE standard. This page provides an overview of the section, as well as our top UCAT Quantitative Reasoning tips.

Please note that UCAT was renamed from UKCAT in 2019. However, the UCAT Consortium has stated that the test content between UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Quantitative Reasoning will be the same. Read more about the UKCAT to UCAT changeover here.

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What is the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Format?

FormatQuantitative Reasoning
Questions36
Timing 24 minutes
Question TypeMultiple choice

What are the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Question Types?

In the Quantitative Reasoning section, you will encounter 9 scenarios, each with 4 questions.

For each scenario, you are presented with data and asked to use this data to solve problems. This data can take the form of tables, graphs, charts, as well as two and three-dimensional shapes. There are five potential answers to choose from, and some of these will include ‘can’t tell’.

You will have access to an online calculator throughout the exam. This will be important during UCAT Quantitative Reasoning. However, you shouldn’t need it for every question.

That’s because the key emphasis is on problem solving. As the UCAT website says: ‘items are less to do with numerical facility and more to do with problem solving’.

Many people feel disadvantaged if they do not have the best maths skills of their peer group. However, the above demonstrates that this is not prohibitive to scoring highly.

By developing a clear strategy for the quantitative reasoning section, you can do a lot of the arithmetic in your head. This will allow you to save time and complete the test.

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UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Tips

Practice your maths

This is one of the most important UCAT Quantitative Reasoning tips. Practising your maths is an important aspect of UCAT preparation! Questions will assess your ability to interpret data and will test your basic mathematical skills – for example, you might be asked to work out the percentage of profit made using a set of figures.

Practice UCAT questions are great preparation for this section, and you could also try some GCSE Maths past papers to get used to calculating answers in percentages and ratios.

Most Popular UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Blogs

You can read a selection of our most popular UCAT Quantitative Reasoning (UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning) blogs below.

UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Tips in 60 Seconds

Preparing for Quantitative Reasoning and want The Medic Portal’s top tips? Watch Afra’s tips in 60 seconds below!

Please note that test content between UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Quantitative Reasoning is the same.


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