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The UCAT Quantitative Reasoning subtest assesses one’s ability to implement standard numerical skills (GCSE standard) to solve quantitative problems. The questions in this section test you on your problem-solving skills, as opposed to your numerical ability.

The UCAT Quantitative Reasoning section is specifically designed to give everyone an equal opportunity to successfully complete it. A-level math is not required, but most of the questions on the Quantitative Reasoning section are at least GCSE-level.

On the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning section, you must draw out the pertinent information from numerical presentations (such as tables). Each numerical presentation will have four questions that relate to it, each with five possible answer choices, from which you must select the best answer. The Quantitative Reasoning subtest is comprised of nine data sets, making a total of 36 questions.

You have 24 minutes to complete this section (plus one minute for instructions). You will be provided with a simple on-screen calculator for this part of the test.

The example questions below demonstrate the types of questions you will experience in this test. By going through it with you, we highlight some of the challenges you will come up against in this section.

A teacher brings their chemistry class a semi-filled 2L canister of distilled water, which is equivalent to 1kg of water. She introduced the class to the Mole (mol) unit, which measures amounts of chemical substances. 1 mol represents an amount of substance which includes 6.02 x 1023 particles.

For example, 1 mol of water molecules (H2O) contains 2 mol hydrogen atoms (12.04 x 1023 particles) and 1 mol oxygen atoms. 1 mol of distilled water weighs 18 grams.

The teacher measured the weight of 9 grams of water.

How many atoms of oxygen did she weigh?

The spring-migration route of a flock of storks returning from Africa to Europe covers a distance of 12,600km.

On the next day, the flock soared and gained speed uniformly for one hour from 0km/h to 60km/h, and then continued in that fixed velocity to cover a total flight distance of 360km.

How much time did the flock's journey last that day?

For more free samples, check out our free UCAT practice test.

On the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning subtest, you will be provided with an on-screen calculator. The calculator may be helpful on the test, but it can also present challenges and slow you down. Here are some helpful tips:

The UCAT calculator is a TI-108, which is the most basic calculator. It includes the four basic functions as well as square root and percentage keys. In each Quantitative Reasoning question, there is a link to the online calculator on the top left-hand side of the screen. When you click on this link, the UCAT calculator will appear on your screen. You may either click the buttons using your mouse or by using the number buttons on your keyboard.

You may find using a calculator while you practise for the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning section to be beneficial. Make sure to use the same type of basic calculator so that you can get acquainted with it before the test. Here are some tips to consider regarding the UCAT calculator:

- It is good to know and understand what you can and can’t do with a basic calculator. Brushing up on the different functions you can perform with the calculator will save you time on the test.
- Preparing with the calculator will help you answer questions more accurately. Some of the common problems with using a basic calculator include inputting the equation into the calculator in the wrong order or getting confused about how to calculate a percentage or a decimal point.
- You will have to perform more difficult calculations without the help of a calculator. Prepare for these in advance so that you will know how to perform these tasks correctly, quickly, and easily on the test.
- Practising will help you to become familiar with the calculator, making it quicker for you to input necessary information (numbers, functions, etc).

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