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Application Guide 2023: 


UCAT Quantitative Reasoning

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Dr. Akash Gandhi 

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This section requires you to solve problems with numerical skills. It is less focused on mathematical problems, and more on problem-solving and interpreting data quickly. 

Despite the time pressure, plan and practice lots of UCAT quantitative reasoning questions to boost your score. 

Practising Quantitative Reasoning questions and working with our UCAT Tutors will help you learn the best quantitative reasoning strategies.


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 ability 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 practice. On a practical level drug calculations based on patient weight, age and other factors have to be correct when prescribing. This is tested again at medical school and dental school.

At a more advanced level, medical and dental research requires an ability to interpret, critique, and apply results to solve problems. 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.

Remember - contact our UCAT tutors to help boost your scores!


UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Topics

UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Topics

Several common topics come up in the QR section of the UCAT:

  • Written text, with no diagrams

  • Tables

  • Charts (including Venn diagrams, pie charts, 3D charts)

  • Graphs

  • 2D and 3D shapes, often depicting a visual space (eg a room)

  • Diagrams

UCAT Quantitative Reasoning (QR) formulas

Some key UCAT Quantitative Reasoning formulae that you must know:

  • Area = Length x Width

  • Area of a Triangle = 1/2 x base x height

  • Speed = Distance / Time

  • Area of a circle = Pi x r^2

  • Circumference = Pi x Diameter .. or .. Pi x 2 x radius

  • Length – 1km = 1000m; 1m = 100cm; 1cm = 10mm

  • Weight – 1kg = 1000g;

  • Volume – 1L = 1000cm3

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