Medify's Guide to the UCAT Decision Making Section

UCAT

2019-07-23

UCAT experts, Medify, explain the UCAT Decision Making section in detail. Learn to ace the UCAT and master the DM section.

UCAT Decision Making overview

In total, there will be 29 questions with a time limit of 31 minutes to complete this whole section; there will be questions with the option of four answers but one correct answer and other questions requiring you pick which 5 statements should have the answers ‘yes’ or ‘no’ put next to them. The questions will include visual information such as diagrams, graphs, charts and tables and you will be provided with access to an on screen calculator and a physical whiteboard and pen for working out calculations.

All the questions will be independent and not related to each other; the problems in Decision Making will test problem-solving ability and can be categorised into the following.

How does UCAT DM relate to being a doctor or a dentist?

Good decision making is based on the foundations of effective problem solving skills, as a doctor or dentist, people will come to you for help in solving a variety of their problems and you will therefore be required to make quick decisions based on, sometimes limited, information while weighing up the risks and uncertainty of any possible outcomes.

5 best Decision Making Revision Tips

What is the Whiteboard and Pen for?

You will be provided with a wipe clean board and pen or paper and pen, of some sort, just before you entry the examination room. It is a good idea to start using one of these during your revision and practise time so to form the habit of using it for the real test. These are provided to you as tools to help calculate answers and for any other working out you feel will help you reach the correct answer.

What is a Venn Diagram?

Venn diagram show the overlaps of the subject in question, which allows for you to pick out which elements are related and linked helping you judge which is the correct answer. Drawing these on your whiteboard using the given information within the question really can help in drawing a conclusion as to the right answer, we suggest you start to use this method of working out the answer as early as possible.

UCAT DM probability

You will need to have a firm understanding of probability principles as some of the questions within this sub-test will require to solve simple probability equations. Make full use of the online calculator which you will be given access to on the day of the real exam; practise using an online calculator and have a go at solving as many probability question during your revision as possible. We have a great bank of these questions built into our UCAT Online Course with the exactly the same type of online calculator as the real thing.

Find your weaknesses in the UCAT DM section

Do you know where your strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to this subtest section? Think about which question types you find most difficult or where you struggle the most within this section and focus more revision time on this area. Within our UCAT Online Course we have performance monitoring software which identifies your strengths and weaknesses for you while providing constructive feedback in order for you to maximise revision productivity and high scoring potential.

Learn the types of DM questions

Get to know the different types of questions within this subtest section as your approach to accurately answering these different question types need to be effectively performed to achieve the highest score. Revising the logical, argumentative, probability, Venn diagram and yes/no type questions will all aid in bettering your final chances of achieving your dream of getting into medical or dentistry school.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious? Please don’t worry, head over to our UCAT Online Course and we’ll guide you through this whole process step-by-step.

We have a bank of over 10,239 questions of all types, a decision-making section which covers all that has been advised above and 8 full mock exams and 18 mini-mock exams; we even give you performance feedback too.

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