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UCAT Ready Checklist

 

If you are thinking of applying to medical school this year, the UCAT will probably be on your radar. The University Clinical Aptitude Test is required by 30 out of the 39 medical schools in the UK and is made up of 5 different sections.

You can’t really revise for the UCAT unlike the BMAT, which has an A level style syllabus. However, you can practise questions and improve your skills for it, thereby improving your score.

Here is our checklist of the skills needed for each section and how you can improve your skills before you start preparing using UCAT questions.

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Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning consists of 11 passages with 4 questions on each. To answer these 44 questions, you have just 21 minutes. The first type of question is either a question or an incomplete statement, to which you can select true, false, or cannot tell. For the second type of question, you must select which of the 4 free text answers applies.

Skills needed:

Suggestions for practicing these skills:

 

Read >>> 5 UCAT Verbal Reasoning Tips

Decision Making

Decision Making consists of 29 questions on graphs, charts, diagrams, text, or tables. You have 31 minutes to complete this section. The questions are structured differently with some having 4 answer options and others requiring you to put yes or no by 5 statements.

Skills needed:

Suggestions for practicing these skills:

 

Read >>> UCAT Decision Making Tips: Top 3 Strategies

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning consists of 36 questions which you have 24 minutes to answer. Most questions are in sets of 4 that refer to the same data. This data is often presented in big tables with extra information that is not relevant to the question.

Skills needed:

Suggestions for practicing these skills:

Read >>> 5  Quantitative Reasoning Tips 

Abstract Reasoning

Abstract Reasoning consists of 55 questions which you will have 13 minutes to answer. There are 4 different types of question in the Abstract Reasoning section:

  1. 2 sets of shapes labelled Set A and Set B. You must decide if a given test shape belongs to Set A, Set B or neither.
  2. You will be given a series of shapes/ images and must determine the next shape in the series.
  3. You will be given a pictorial statement (eg. picture X is to picture Y) and be asked to complete this based on the first statement (e.g. picture W is to ?).
  4. 2 sets of shapes – Set A and Set B and be asked which of the 4 options belongs to one of the sets.

Skills needed:

Suggestions for practicing these skills:

 

Read >>> UCAT Abstract Reasoning Tips: Top 3 Strategies

Situational Judgement Test

The Situational Judgement Test involves 69 questions associated with 22 scenarios – each scenario has up to 5 associated questions. You have 26 minutes to complete this section. It requires you to consider either the appropriateness of actions or the importance of different considerations. The questions vary with some requiring you to select the most and least appropriate response and others requiring you to rank all of the possible options.

A Situational Judgement Test is also used in the selection of foundation doctors which is taken at the end of medical school.

Skills needed:

Suggestions for practicing these skills:

 

Read >>> UCAT Situational Judgement – Top Tips

 

Make sure you plan ahead so that you can improve your skills to maximise your score in the UCAT!

Nothing can substitute for practising questions resembling the real UCAT ones, but improving the key skills needed for each section will give you a better starting baseline for when you start to do this

Words by: Safiya Zaloum

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