UCAT Quantitative Reasoning
What is UCAT Quantitative Reasoning?
UCAT Quantitative Reasoning assesses your numerical skills and problem solving. In this section of the UCAT, you’ll be required to perform several calculations, and questions will involve using data presented in charts, graphs or tables.
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Why is Quantitative Reasoning assessed?
Strong numerical and problem-solving skills are essential for a career in medicine. As a doctor, you will often be required to interpret complex statistics and data, and to perform drug calculations based on a patient’s weight and age, for example. Quantitative Reasoning will test these skills.
What is the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Format?
This is the format of UCAT Quantitative Reasoning:
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In Quantitative Reasoning, you will be presented with data in graphs, charts and tables, and you will be required to answer questions related to this data. You will need to select relevant information from the graphs or charts provided to answer the questions.
Most of the questions in this section will be presented as sets of four questions, each one connected to the same data – however some questions will stand alone. Each question has five answer options.
You will also be able to use an on-screen calculator for this section to help you with any calculations. You can find thousands of practice questions – plus an on-screen calculator for Quantitative Reasoning – on our UCAT Question Bank.
How does UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Compare to UMAT?
There are a few differences and similarities between UMAT and UCAT. Read below to find out how UCAT Quantitative Reasoning differs to the sections of the UMAT…
UMAT to UCAT Quantitative Reasoning: Similarities
- Calculations: Both UMAT section ‘Logical Reasoning and Problem-Solving’ and UCAT Quantitative Reasoning test your numerical and problem-solving skills.
UMAT to UCAT Quantitative Reasoning: Differences
- Question Format: In the UMAT, some questions will involve calculation but the answer will be written as a statement rather than a single number, whereas in UCAT the answer will be a single number.
- Mathematical Skill: Although both the UMAT and UCAT assess similar skills, it’s worth noting that a different level of numerical skill is required. In the UCAT, Quantitative Reasoning questions will involve two or three calculations and you may need to use the on-screen calculator. In this sense, this section, although it tests numeracy like the UMAT, is more focused on mathematical skill.
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