Part of the Advanced UKCAT Advice 2012 for Verbal Reasoning series
This part of our Advanced UKCAT advice will focus on the Verbal Reasoning subtest; the first of a series of four consecutive tests that comprise the UKCAT. We will elaborate further than the Official website. After a brief introduction, we will ask why Verbal Reasoning is important for medical or dental practice, then give you a small set of example questions, emphasise the importance of timing and then how best to approach the questions.
The chapters are as follows (please refrain from skipping; this advice was written to be read from begin until the end):
Verbal comprehension is an important skill we ask of our clinicians. The ability to read and analyse text is utilised when learning from medical textbooks, medical journals and patient notes.
The Official UKCAT website and Official Guide state quite simply that the Verbal Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to:
… think logically about written information and to arrive at a reasoned conclusion.
Before we begin to deconstruct this statement, let's get you started on a simple set of example questions. Although this example question contains a much smaller passage than you'll encounter in the real subtest - the type of questions is the same. We do this here to focus on the question statements, not the passage. After all, that is where the marks are scored.
There are no time constraints for this question set. Take your time to read the question – your familiarity with the subtest is crucial to doing well.