General information

The UKCAT currently consists of five sections, each with a different number of questions, question style and marking system. These are: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Making and Situational Judgement.

Each section aims to test a different component of cognition. Verbal reasoning, for example, tests your ability to quickly process information by answering comprehension questions based on short passages. In similar fashion, quantitative reasoning aims to test your mathematical abilities, whereas abstract reasoning tests your ability to recognise patterns and abstract logic. Situational judgement tests your judgement of medically relevant situations. Finally, decision making is a new section that aims to test your ability to apply logic to specific situations to reach a decision or conclusion.

Section Time (+1 minute for instructions) Number of Questions
Verbal Reasoning 21 minutes 44 questions on 11 passages
Quantitative Reasoning 24 minutes 36
Decision Making 31 minutes 29
Abstract Reasoning 13 minutes 55
Situational Judgement 26 minutes 69 on 20 scenarios

Timing

As noted, each section also has an extra minute for instruction, but you can’t look at any of the questions during that time, so it’s best used to rest and should not be factored into the actual test time. As is clear, for many of the sections, you will have less than a minute per question, which is why it’s so important to practise, so you will be caught off guard and have prepared strategies for each test. With some practise, the time is manageable and can be used to your advantage to gain an edge!

Marking

The marking for each section can differ. As of 2016, only the verbal, quantitative and abstract reasoning sections are marked out of 900, although this isn’t directly calculated from your percentage score. Rather, it is standardised so that the average for each section is around 600, although the actual average can vary slightly per year. The situational judgement section, in comparison is marked in bands, where band 1 is the highest and band 4 is the lowest. Finally, decision making is a new section this year and so the results are not released and universities are not told about your performance on them.

Medify UKCAT Tutorials

  1. Getting Started with the UKCAT
  2. UKCAT Preparation with Medify
  3. UKCAT Advice for VR *
  4. UKCAT Advice for DM *
  5. UKCAT Advice for QR *
  6. UKCAT Advice for AR *
  7. UKCAT Advice for SJT *
  8. UKCAT Keyboard Shortcuts *
  9. UKCAT Flagging *
  10. Free UKCAT guide
    1. What is the UKCAT?
    2. General information
    3. Apply for a bursary as soon as possible
    4. Get an afternoon UKCAT slot
    5. You CAN revise for the UKCAT
    6. All questions are weighted equally
    7. Results are relative
    8. Recognising the truth of UKCAT Verbal Reasoning statements
    9. Why reading comprehension is important for medicine
    10. Recognise qualifiers
    11. Boost your maths
    12. Understand pattern recognition
    13. Learn mnemonics
    14. First-order and second-order rules in Abstract Reasoning
    15. Introducing Decision Making
    16. Visualise and mentally rehearse
    17. Train your body and mind for peak UKCAT performance
    18. Prepare your mind
    19. Test-day Preparation
    20. In the test room
    21. What does your UKCAT score mean?
    22. What to do if you experience problems during a test
    23. How to appeal against the result of an investigation
    24. After the test
  11. Additional Text Tutorials *
    1. Getting Started with the UKCAT *
    2. UKCAT Preparation with MEDIFY *
    3. Verbal Reasoning: True, False or Can't Tell *
    4. Verbal Reasoning: Reading Comprehension *
    5. Verbal Reasoning: General Advice *
    6. Decision Analysis (has been removed from the UKCAT) *
    7. Quantitative Reasoning: General Advice *
    8. Abstract Reasoning: A/B/Neither and General Advice *
    9. Abstract Reasoning: Complete Series *
    10. Abstract Reasoning: Complete Statement *
    11. Abstract Reasoning: Set A or B *
    12. Situational Judgement: General Advice *
    13. Strategies by Question Types *
    14. GCSE Mathematics Revision *

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