Looking for UCAT Decision Making tips? From being wary of making assumptions about passages to logical thinking, here are our strategies for boosting your Decision Making score so you can tailor your preparation accordingly.
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Thinking logically is one of the key UCAT Decision Making tips – you’ll often need to select the best logical argument in a question. In Evaluating Argument type questions, you’ll be given a question starting with ‘Should…?’ with four associated arguments ‘for’ or ‘against’ the question – and you’ll need to pick the best argument. Logical thinking is crucial for these types of question.
Which of the arguments presented make the most sense? If you’re struggling to find the best one, it’s a good idea to narrow your options down by dismissing the illogical options first. From there, you can then pick out the best option.
Another way of thinking about it is to imagine an argument: if you were debating with your friend and wanted to win the argument which is the argument you would pick that was the least likely to be argued with?
2. Don’t make assumptions
In Deductive Reasoning style questions, you’ll be given a paragraph of text with a four or five associated ‘conclusions’. In these questions, you’ll need to decide whether each of these conclusions follow from the text or not, by selecting ‘yes’ or ‘no’. These questions can often trip students up.
This is one of the key UCAT Decision Making tips: be wary of making conclusions based on what you would ordinarily assume to be true.
Even though some conclusions might seem logical ordinarily, unless something is explicitly stated in the passage given, don’t draw conclusions based on your own prior knowledge – only go by what is mentioned in the passage!
3. Practise analysing graphs
In Statistical Reasoning style questions in Decision Making, you will be asked to look at graphs and diagrams to draw information from them. Look at the correlations between data, or how the data is presented. If the graph has significant peaks, why do you think that is?
If you know your statistics or maths skills need some work, one way to prepare for this section is to look at past GCSE Maths or Biology papers for graph questions.