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What is UCAT decision making?


The UCAT Decision Making questions assesses your ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information. Here you have 32 minutes (including 1-minute instructions) to answer 29 questions.




Why include the UCAT Decision Making?


Many clinical situations require doctors and dentists to make complex decisions. 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. Remember - contact our UCAT tutors to help boost your scores!




How long do I have to answer UCAT Decision Making questions?


32 minutes (with 1 minute of instructions not included within this time) to answer 36 questions in the UKCAT Decision Making subtest. Remember to contact our UCAT Tutors to find out more about how we can boost this score.




What is the maximum/minimum score I can achieve in the UCAT deicison making?


Maximum UCAT Decision Making Score: 900 Minimum UCAT Decision Making Score: 300 Remember to contact our UCAT Tutors to find out more about how we can boost this score.




What is the average UCAT Decision Making score?


The average UKCAT decision making score over the last four years is 632. Remember to contact our UCAT Tutors to find out more about how we can boost this score.




What are the Decision Making UCAT questions like?


The questions that come up in UKCAT Decision Making will refer to text, charts, tables graphs or diagrams. Additional information may well be presented either side of this bit of this data piece. The answers will be in two different formats. 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. All of these different questions are covered with your UCAT tutor in your lessons.




UCAT Decision Making Tips


Do not draw on existing knowledge to help answer the question - assume that you are unfamiliar with the content of the text shown to you. Some questions may be best suited to making some notes or drawing an aide memoir out onto the board and pen. Practice speed reading skills during your preparation by reading articles in the newspapers, and see whether you can extract the key facts quickly. Think about how you will time yourself during this section. Try and work out a strategy whereby you might allocate a certain amount of time to each passage, which will help prevent you from getting bogged down and run out of time. Some questions will require you to “drag and drop”, make sure that you practice this beforehand. Some of the most common questions that come up with regards to maths include probability and Venn diagrams. Use the flag option if you need to especially in the practice test Remember to contact our UCAT Tutors to find out more about how we can boost this score.





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