About the UKCAT Decision Making Subtest

The UKCAT Decision Making subtest is designed to evaluate logic application used in order to make decisions or reach conclusions, argument assessment, and analysis of statistical data. It is comprised, in part, of logical reasoning and is replacing the UKCAT Decision Analysis subtest. This new section will guarantee that the test stronger, as it will focus on its components: Problem Solving, Managing Risk, and Dealing with Uncertainty. By focusing on these components, the test examines evaluating arguments, statistical & figural reasoning, and deductive reasoning.

While this section of the UKCAT test will not be factored into your final score in 2016, it is still mandatory. Your score on the Decision Making subtest will not be provided to the universities to which you apply. However, medical and dental school applicants are still encouraged to complete this section as it will help in validating and developing this new facet of the UKCAT. This will help further improve the admission process for future applicants.

Why Is There a UKCAT 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.

UKCAT Decision Making Section Format

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

  • Yes/No questions - answer will be “Yes” or “No”
  • Data questions - data will be provided in order for you to select one answer out of four

Unlike other UKCAT subtests, the questions on the Decision Making section are each stand-alone items and the data from one question will not be 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).

How Can JobTestPrep Help?

JobTestPrep offers a wide variety of various test prep options. Our UKCAT practice pack includes a mock test, but since the Decision Making subtest will not be scored, we have not included this section in our mock practice test. This mock test may be taken in a timed mode to simulate the test, or in a practice mode so that you can read the answers and explanations.

Our UKCAT prep pack includes all sections of the UKCAT that are scored.

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