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UCAT Decision Making


What Is UCAT Decision Making?

The UCAT Decision Making questions assesses your ability to evaluate your capacity to apply logic to reach a conclusion or judgment, assess arguments, and analyse statistical data. You have 31 minutes (and 1-minute of instructions) to complete 29 questions. The items are ordered from easiest to hardest.


Why Include UCAT Decision Making?

Many clinical situations require doctors and dentists to make complex decisions and interpret information daily. This needs to happen in a wide range of scenarios and situations. Clinicians require a high level of problem-solving skills and need to have the ability to assess and manage risk and deal with uncertainty. This is a new section only introduced after 2016, which replaced the old decision analysis subsection.

A quick word on decision analysis - this was a section that required the interpretation of codes of text to be converted into sentences. It is important to be aware of these questions, as some textbooks and question banks may still reference these questions - you mustn't do them.

What Is the Format of UCAT Decision Making?

Items in the UCAT exam are typically presented as brief passages or figures that describe a situation. You must select an answer choice from among five options to each question. Items vary in difficulty and some require you to demonstrate stronger abilities than others. This is one of five sections within the UCAT test.

In this section there are two types of UCAT decision making questions:

  • Multiple Choice: Four answer options, where only one option will be correct.

  • Yes/No Statements: state ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for each answer.

It is paramount that you practice both of these types of questions as there is often an even split between these questions. Often, some students find that the Yes/No questions are more difficult, therefore, requiring more practice before their UCAT exam.

The questions that come up in UKCAT Decision Making will refer to text, charts, tables graphs or diagrams. Additional information may well be presented on either side of this section of this data piece.

Either there will be four answer options and you must seek only one correct answer. Other answers may require you to respond to five statements with a “yes” or “no” next to each statement. In this section, you may use an on-screen calculator or the noticeboard and pen provided.