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




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 UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning 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 quantitative reasoning?


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




What is the average UCAT quantitative reasoning score?


The average UKCAT verbal reasoning score over the last four years is 612. Remember to contact our UCAT Tutors to find out more about how we can boost this score.




What are the UCAT quantitative reasoning questions like?


All questions in the UKCAT quantitative reasoning subtest follow a similar structure. You are required to solve problems by extracting relevant information from tables and other numerical questions. Almost all questions will have one piece of data, after which there will be four questions set on it. However, there may be some data sets that only have one associated question. There will always be five answer options per question, you must select the best option. Throughout this section, you may use the simple on screen calculator. This must be used where necessary, and can really help! Make sure that you practice using this beforehand. This also applies to the UCAT in Australia and New Zealand.




UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Tips


  • Timing is the most important in this section - make sure that you pace yourself. Use different milestones throughout the test to ensure that you always know roughly how you are doing. In 2017 almost 20% of candidates failed to answer every question in the UKCAT quantitative reasoning section.
  • Make sure that you read questions properly and slowly, sometimes there are individual words and units that will be crucial to answering the question. Miss these, and you risk getting the question wrong.
  • It is worth spending a bit of extra time initially understanding and analysing the scenario presented, this will help you focus on the questions, and have a good chance of answering questions correctly.
  • You may use the laminated board and permanent marker pen to help where and if necessary.
  • Some of the most common questions that come up with regards to maths include probability, venn diagrams, percentages, averages, ratios and fractions. Practice these on the on screen calculator.
  • Use the flag option if you need to, if you find a question hard, guess it and move on.
Remember to contact our UCAT Tutors to find out more about how we can boost this score.
  • It is worth practising your mental arithmetic beforehand, as the quicker you are, the better you will be in the exam.




UCAT On Screen Calculator


See our separate page on how to maximise the use of the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning calculator to boost your chances of a good score.





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