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The UCAT 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 UCAT Decision Analysis subtest. Up until 2019, 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.


Why Is There a UCAT Decision Making Subtest?

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.


UCAT Decision Making Section Format

The Decision Making subtest is comprised of five main types of questions:

  • Formal logic questions – You are presented with a statement which is followed by five other sentences. Based on the original statement, you must choose if each of the sentences follows the same logic.
  • Seating arrangement questions – You are presented with known data, and you must draw a conclusion based on that data.
  • Inductive reasoning – You are presented with a chart from which you must draw a conclusion and answer a question.
  • Statistics – You must answer questions using the statistical information that is presented to you.
  • Arguments – You are presented with a question about a public issue. You must choose the best answer from four possible answers.

Unlike other UCAT 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).


UCAT Decision Making Sample

In a summer camp, campers need to complete three different types of activities to receive a Camp Pride trophy.

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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:

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17 + 7 + 1 + 3 + 5 + 6 = 39.

More free sample questions are available in our free UCAT test practice page.


How Can JobTestPrep Help?

JobTestPrep offers a wide variety of test prep options. Our UCAT practice pack includes a mock test, which may be taken in a timed mode to simulate the test, or in practice mode so you can read the answers and explanations. Our UCAT PrepPack™ covers all sections of the UCAT.


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