About the UKCAT Verbal Reasoning Subtest

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.

Why Is There a UKCAT Verbal Reasoning Subtest?

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.

UKCAT Verbal Reasoning Subtest Format

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:

Question Type 1

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:

  • 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?

Your answer must be based on the provided information rather than on your previous assumptions and general knowledge.

Question Type 2

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:

  • True - based on the provided information, the statement in the question is true.
  • False - based on the provided information, the statement in the the question is false.
  • Can’t Tell - based on the provided information, you cannot determine if the statement in the question is true or false.

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).

UKCAT Verbal Reasoning Sample Questions

Read the short passage below and try to determine the correct answer.

A day of national mourning is a day marked by mourning and memorial activities observed among the majority of a country's populace. Most are designated by the nation's government. Sociologists claim that national mourning is both a symbolic political gesture as well as a meaningful expression of grief. On the one hand, predetermined mourning days reflect and create a national community, united in a feeling of sorrow. On the other hand, many mourning days instigated by the people, such as the day of Princess Diana’s funeral, reflect a spontaneous outbreak of pure grief manifested in the closing of shops and banks, the postponement of sports events, and the cancellation of theatre and cinema performances. Although the fervour of the mourning can differ dramatically from one country to another, there is no doubt that a day of collective grief is beneficial to national unity.

True, False, Can't Tell Question

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.

Multiple Choice Question

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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