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UCAT Quantitative Reasoning


What Is UCAT Quantitative Reasoning?

The UCAT Quantitative Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to use numerical skills to solve problems. It assumes familiarity with numbers to the standard of a good pass at GCSE. However, items are less to do with numerical facility and more to do with problem-solving (i.e. knowing what information to use and how to manipulate it using simple calculations and ratios).

The UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Questions measures reasoning using numbers as a vehicle rather than measuring a facility with numbers. Here you have 25 minutes (including one minute for instructions) to answer 36 questions that are associated with tables, charts and graphs.


Why Include UCAT Quantitative Reasoning?

Doctors and dentists are constantly required to look at data, review it and apply it to their own practice. On a practical level drug calculations based on patient weight, age and other factors have to be correct. At a more advanced level, medical and dental research requires an ability to interpret, critique, and apply results presented in the form of complex statistics. Universities considering applicants need to know they have the aptitude to cope in these situations. You have an on-screen calculator to use, which is important in the UKCAT quantitative reasoning.

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How long do I have to answer UCAT quantitative reasoning questions?

25 minutes (with 1 minute of instructions not included within this time) to answer 36 questions in the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning subtest.