Part of the Advanced UKCAT Advice 2012 for Verbal Reasoning series

UKCAT Verbal Reasoning Advice


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.

When you first start practising, focus on getting the questions right. Then with confidence, you'll be able to deal with the time constraints. Remember accuracy first, then speed.

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For a multitude of reasons, medical school applications have gone up year after year, and therefore the pressure to perform well at all stages of the admissions process has been the highest in recent years.

Here we will concern ourselves with the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (otherwise known as the UKCAT); an admissions test required by 26 medical schools in the UK.

The UKCAT focuses on mental faculties essential in the practice of medicine, such as verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and decision making, and thus it consists of four assessed sections named: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and decision analysis.

Our Research unit have spent hours compiling the best advice available. We've released this free because we wanted to showcase the best of what Medify offers and also as we consider ourselves a social enterprise we wanted everyone to have access to these pages.

Below we've linked to advice for all the subtests:

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