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UKCAT: Verbal Reasoning

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 verbal reasoning section of the UKCAT. Verbal reasoning is a strange topic. It’s something that everybody does or school and actually on a day to day basis ie looking for specific information in within a text but within the UKCAT it can be much trickier. Firstly the data is more comprehensive and deliberately confusing but also the added time pressures can make searching for this information much harder. Luckily Doctor To Be can teach you techniques in how to answer these questions in a logical and timely fashion so make sure that you score highly on the UKCAT.

The UKCAT website states “The Verbal Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to read and think carefully about information presented in passages and to determine whether specific conclusions can be drawn from information presented.  You are not expected to use prior knowledge to answer the questions”. You may not be expected to have prior knowledge of the subject tested but prior knowledge of techniques will really help you to ace this part of the UKCAT

You will have 21 minutes to answer 44 items. There are 2 types of questions; either a-d where a single answer is correct or yes/no/can’t tell question.

2 examples of Verbal reasoning are given below. These are from the UKCAT website and freely available. They are just to illustrate the nature of the questions.




So the key to verbal reasoning,  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 our 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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