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UCAT Verbal Reasoning Questions & Tips

What is UCAT verbal reasoning?

The UKCAT Verbal Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to read and think carefully about the information presented in passages and to determine whether specific conclusions can be drawn from information presented. You are not expected to use prior knowledge to answer the questions. Here, you have 22 minutes (including 1 minute for instructions) to answer 44 questions. These UCAT Verbal Reasoning questions are split into 11 passages.

Why include the UCAT verbal reasoning?

Doctors and dentists need excellent verbal reasoning skills in dealing with patients and complex clinical situations. Understanding and reading the situation and then communicating clearly what needs to be said to both healthcare professionals and patients in a simple manner is critical. Medical practitioners must be able to interpret research papers and publications and try to integrate this into their clinical practice. This requires excellent UCAT verbal reasoning techniques.

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

21 minutes (with 1 minute of instructions not included within this time)

What is the maximum/minimum score I can achieve in the UCAT verbal reasoning?

Maximum UCAT Verbal Reasoning Score: 900 Minimum UCAT Verbal 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 verbal reasoning score?

The average UKCAT verbal reasoning score over the last four years is 573. Remember to contact our UCAT Tutors to find out more about how we can boost this score.

What type of questions come in the UCAT verbal reasoning?

The UCAT Verbal Reasoning Questions contains eleven passages, each of which has four questions. Some of these questions assess critical reasoning skills, where candidates must draw inferences and conclusions from the passage. Each passage of text must be read carefully. The questions will contain a stem which may be an incomplete statement or a question, which will have four answer options to choose from. The candidate is required to pick the best or most suitable response, only one response may be picked. A few questions will require the candidate to read each passage of text carefully then decide whether the statement provided follows logically from the information in each passage. The candidate must pick from true, false or can’t tell. TYPE 1 Verbal Reasoning Questions - A passage followed by True/False/Can't Tell TYPE 2 Verbal Reasoning Questions - A text followed by picking from statements. You need to determine a general summary of the passage in order to answer the question

UCAT Verbal Reasoning 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.
  • Make sure that you concentrate from the beginning - it is the first section of the UKCAT and traditionally has the lowest average scores amongst candidates.
  • Practice speed reading skills during your preparation by reading articles for the UCAT verbal reasoning test 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.
  • Pay attention to the wording in ucat questions. This will usually provide a hint towards the answer.
  • Realise that the UCAT Verbal Reasoning section is not based on your ability to understand the English language (regardless of your mother tongue).

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