The UKCAT Decision Making subtest is designed to evaluate the logic application used to make decisions or reach conclusions, argument assessment, and analysis of statistical data. It is comprised, in part, of logical reasoning questions and is replacing the UKCAT Decision Analysis subtest. Up until 2017, this section was a trial and was, therefore, not scored, but the new updated tests score this section as well. This new section is meant to guarantee that the test is stronger, as it will focus on the components of problem solving, managing risk, and dealing with uncertainty. By focusing on these components, the test examines evaluating arguments, statistical & figural reasoning, and deductive reasoning.
Often, doctors and dentists need to make decisions in complicated situations, necessitating the ability to evaluate and manage risk, cope with uncertainty, and demonstrate high-level problem-solving skills.
The Decision Making subtest is comprised of five main types of questions:
Unlike other UKCAT subtests, the questions on the Decision Making section are each stand-alone items, and the data from one question is not applicable in the next. The data you will see may include charts, graphs, tables, diagrams, or text. There may also be additional information provided in the actual question. There will be a simple calculator available to you on the screen for this subtest, and you may also use note paper and a pen.
The Decision Making section is comprised of 29 questions to be completed in 31 minutes (plus one minute for instructions).
In a summer camp, campers need to complete three different types of activities to receive a Camp Pride trophy.
Based on the diagram, how many campers will receive the trophy?
A. 32 B. 28 C. 39 D. 35
The correct answer is (C). The question asks about campers who completed three different activities, so you should look for overlapping areas between three or four of the shapes. (If the campers completed four activities, they surely completed three.)
See the diagram below for the relevant areas:
17 + 7 + 1 + 3 + 5 + 6 = 39.
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