UKCAT Verbal Reasoning
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What is the UKCAT Verbal Reasoning Subtest?
The verbal reasoning subset of the UKCAT has a uniform way of presenting its data and questions: A passage that contains a few hundreds of words, presenting a topic from any field of thought or knowledge, without any strict relation to medicine or science, followed by a statement. Your task is to determine if the statement is:
A. True B. False C. Cannot Say
Your answer must be based on the information provided rather than on your previous assumptions and general knowledge.
The new verbal reasoning format introduced in 2012As of 2012, the Verbal Reasoning section of the UKCAT includes a new multiple-choice question format in addition to the traditional True/False/Cannot say format. Each passage will be followed by 4 questions, and you'll be asked to mark a single correct answer out of 4 answer choices. Our practice packs include relevant practice questions to help you prepare for this new format.
Each item may address a specific subject that was introduced in the passage; alternatively it may pose a question in a variety of phrasings, such as:
- The author most likely agrees with all of the following except:
- Which of following claims is best supported by the passage?
- Which conclusion can be drawn from the passage?
- Which of the following assertions would strengthen/weaken 'some argument' that appeared in the passage?
- Which of the following statements is least likely to be true?
The same rules apply on this format - your answer must be based solely on the information provided rather than on your previous assumptions and general knowledge.
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UKCAT Verbal reasoning sample questionRead the short passage below and try to determine the correct answer.
The production of organic food products supplied in food stores continues to increase considerably, with demand particularly high in Europe and North America. Health awareness and higher standards of living are both enhancing consumption, and the market is likely to triple over the next decade. The organic food industry is facing the challenge of how it will cope with the forecasted future demand.
Statement: Organic food production is the fastest growing field in the food industry.
A.True B. False C. Cannot Say
Solution: According to the text, "The production of organic food products… continues to increase considerably" and "is likely to triple over the next decade". However, the passage does not explicitly state that organic food production is the fastest growing field in the food industry. Based on prior knowledge and the tendency to make assumptions, we may assume that the answer is true. However, the correct answer in this case is 'cannot say'.
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