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UKCAT: Decision Making

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The UKCAT Blog: Decision Making

The UKCAT is a test required by the majority of universities for students applying to medicine, dentistry and Veterinary medicine. Here at Doctor To Be we generally tailor ourselves towards the medical applicants as that forms the majority of students but others can also benefit from the Doctor To Be website and the UKCAT & Personal statement course.

This week we wanted to blog about the decision making section of the UKCAT. Decision making was piloted in 2016 and therefore the marks didn’t count however in 2017 it will form part of the test so be prepared as not all schools, books and courses will have this topic covered. Luckily Doctor To Be does.

Decision Making is assessing your ability to think logically. It is trying to assess if you can solve problems, think logically and manage risks. You will have 31 minutes to answer 29 items. There are 2 types of questions; either a-d where a single answer is correct or yes/no question.

There are 4 separate components to the UKCAT decision making section and these are

  1. Sequential figures – give conclusions based on sequences
  2. Statistics – give answers/conclusions based on graphs/tables
  3. Deduction – by a process of elimination give the finishing statement to an opening sentence
  4. Evaluation argument – after reading some text state which argument best sums up the information provided.

A few examples of Decision Making questions:

You find £300 on the street, nobody knows you have found it. Do you

  1. Put the money in your pocket and not tell anybody
  2. Put the money in your pocket but contact the police
  3. Leave the money on the ground and not tell anybody
  4. Leave the money on the ground but contact the police

The correct answer is B. it is your moral duty to contact the police. By leaving the money on the ground you don’t know what will happen to it.

A: Good Vehicle
B: Bad Fire
C: Curious Water
D: Extravagant Smoke
E: Delusional Tarmac
F: Spectacular Keys
G: Annoying Menu
H: Incredible Biscuits

Communicate the following code

A1, H4

  1. Vehicles produces smoke
  2. Extravagnt smoke buys vehicles
  3. Good vehicles produce incredible smoke
  4. Annoying biscuits need water

The answer is C. This is quite an easy example but illustrates the point that the words should be in the code.

So the key to decision making like all elements of the UKCAT is practice. We would recommend you make an early start to your preparation and join us at one of courses where we can teach you techniques and strategies to make sure that you get the best score possible.

Keep checking back for more Blogs on the UKCAT from Doctor To Be, the medical school, UKCAT and personal statement experts.

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