The Verbal Reasoning test evaluates one’s ability to carefully read and consider information provided in passages and then draw conclusions based on the information provided.
It is important for medical and dental practitioners to possess strong verbal reasoning skills in order to be able to comprehend complicated information and relay it in a clear and concise manner to patients. Additionally, in order to practise successfully, doctors and dentists need to be able to read, understand, and apply findings from published medical materials. Critiquing these published materials and arriving at their own conclusions regarding the validity of such findings is crucial.
Some of the questions on n the Verbal Reasoning section of the UKCAT evaluate critical reasoning skills. For such items, it is necessary to arrive at a conclusion based on the provided information.
On the test, there will be two question types:
You will be provided with passages which you will need to read carefully. After each passage, you will then be presented with an item related to the passage, such as an incomplete statement or a question, each with four possible answer choices. You are to choose the best response (only one answer may be selected).
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:
Your answer must be based on the provided information rather than on your previous assumptions and general knowledge.
The second question type may require you to determine if a provided statement is true based on the passage. The response options will be as follows:
The Verbal Reasoning section is comprised of 11 text passages, each followed by four questions, making a total of 44 questions. You will have 21 minutes to complete this section (plus one minute for instructions).
Read the short passage below and try to determine the correct answer.
Is the following statement true, false, or you can’t tell based on the information in the text?
Different countries have different manifestations of mourning.
Which one of the following provides the best summary of the main point of the passage?
A - National mourning days usually have a political agenda.
B - A day of national mourning creates national unity.
C - Mourning days are designated by the government or instigated by the people.
D - A national day of mourning is a day marked by memorial activities
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