UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning - Sample Questions & General Info

The UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning evaluates one’s ability to solve problems by using numerical skills. This page will tell you more about the Quantitative Reasoning subtest and how to approach it.
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About the UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Subtest

The Quantitative Reasoning test is used to assess one’s ability to make use of standard numerical skills (GCSE standard) to solve quantitative problems. The questions in this section will test you on your problem solving skills as opposed to your numerical ability.

The UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning section is specifically designed in order to give everyone an equal opportunity to successfully complete the section. A level maths is not required, however, most of the questions on the Quantitative Reasoning section are at least on the GCSE level.

Why Is There a UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Subtest?

Medical and dental practitioners frequently need to go over and apply data in their work. Practically speaking, a doctor may need to calculate a patient’s medication dosage based on the patient’s weight, age, and other factors in order to accurately administer the medication. Furthermore, clinical research may necessitate the ability to critique, define, and apply results that are presented in a more complicated form. It is important for universities to know whether or not a candidate has the aptitude to handle such situations.

UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Subtest Format

On the UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning section, you will need to draw out the pertinent information from numerical presentations (such as tables). Each numerical presentation will have four questions that relate to it, each with five answer choices of which you must select the best answer. The Quantitative Reasoning subtest is comprised of nine data sets, with a total of 36 questions. You will have 24 minutes to complete this section (plus one minute for instructions). You will be provided with a simple on-screen calculator for this part of the test.

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UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Sample Questions

The example question below shows the type of questions you will experience in this test. By going through it with you, we are highlighting some of the challenges that you will come up against in this section.

Sample Questions 1

A clothing business is trying to increase its brand awareness through the distribution of advertising items. It has addressed a number of advertising companies for their price quotes.

ukcat quantitative question

If "BrandMad" were to increase their prices by 10%, what would be the net change in price of an order that includes 1000 pens, 2000 match boxes, and 300 shirts?
  1. 926.2
  2. 833.58 
  3. 888.79
  4. 907.51
  5. 1014

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Sample Question 2

The following diagram describes the percentage of students that passed the exam: "Introduction to Economics" out of those who took the exam at the University of Cambridge, between the years 1990 - 1996.

For example, in 1993, 20% of the students who took the exam, passed it.

ukcat quantitative question

It is known that a quarter of the students who passed the exam in 1992, passed it at the first trial. Assuming each exam has two trials, what percent of all the students who took the exam that year pass it in the second trial?

  1. 10%
  2. 15%
  3. 30%
  4. 75%
  5. none of the above

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UKCAT Calculator

On the UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning subtest, you will be provided with an on-screen calculator (you do not need to bring your own). The UKCAT calculator may be helpful on the test, but it can also present challenges and slow you down. Here are some helpful tips and a tutorial video:

The UKCAT calculator is a TI-108, which is the most basic calculator. The calculator includes the four basic functions as well as square root and percentage keys. In each Quantitative Reasoning question, there is a link to the online calculator on the top left-hand side of the screen. When you click on this link, the UKCAT calculator will appear on your screen. You may either click the buttons using your mouse or by using the number buttons on your keyboard.

You may find using a calculator while you practise for the UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning section to be beneficial. Make sure to use the same type of basic calculator so that you can get acquainted with it before the test. Here are some tips to consider regarding the UKCAT calculator:

  • It is good to know and understand what you can and can’t do with a basic calculator. Brushing up on the different functions you can perform with the calculator will save you time on the test.
  • Preparing with the calculator will help you answer questions more accurately. Some of the common problems with using a basic calculator include inputting the equation into the calculator in the wrong order or getting confused about how to calculate a percentage or a decimal point.
  • You will have to perform more difficult calculations without the help of a calculator. Prepare for these in advance so that you will know how to perform these tasks correctly, quickly, and easily on the test.
  • Practising will help you to become familiar with the calculator, making it quicker for you to input necessary information (numbers, functions, etc.).

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How Can JobTestPrep Help?

Our UKCAT test prep pack offers comprehensive question solving tips, a mock test, separate Quantitative Reasoning practice tests, and a series of videos to explain some of the mathematical functions required on the test. These tests can be completed in either timed or step-by-step mode, in which each question comes with a detailed explanation. This method allows you to learn as you prepare for the test. Our online pack also contains a complete guide to the UKCAT with tips for the Quantitative Reasoning test. Learn more about UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Tips here.

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