Decision Making has four main question types: Deductive Reasoning, Evaluating Arguments, Figural Reasoning and Statistical Reasoning. This blog will guide you through our top three UCAT Decision Making tips!
1. Be wary of making assumptions
For Deductive Reasoning style questions, you’ll be given a paragraph of text with a four or five associated ‘conclusions’. You’ll need to decide whether each of these conclusions follow from the text or not, by selecting ‘yes’ or ‘no’. In these questions, be wary of making conclusions based on what you would ordinarily assume to be true.
Even though some conclusions might seem logical, unless something is explicitly stated in the passage given, don’t draw conclusions based on your own prior knowledge – only go by what is mentioned in the passage!
In Evaluating Argument type questions, you’ll be given a question starting with ‘Should…?’ with four associated arguments ‘for’ or ‘against’ the question – and you’ll need to pick the best argument.
For these, it’s best to think logically: which of the arguments makes the most sense? You can usually narrow these down by picking out the illogical options first, and from there you can decide on the best argument. If you were debating the topic with a friend and wanted to win the debate, which is the argument you’d pick?
One question type in Decision Making is Statistical Reasoning, which involves looking at graphs and diagrams to draw information.
The best way to prepare for these types of questions is practice! If you know your statistics/maths needs some work, you could try looking at past GCSE Maths papers for graph questions. You could then move on to realistic online practice with our UCAT Question Bank.