Before listing some UKCAT tips let’s introduce the UKCAT test format(s). The UKCAT is the series of tests given to the annual intake of graduate applicants to the medical schools around the UK.

High quality UKCAT practice tests are available here.

The following four aptitude tests and situational judgement test which are included in the UKCAT assess the following medical reasoning skills:

1) UKCAT Quantitative reasoning test; assesses ability to evaluate numerical info presented in the form of tables, charts and graphs. This test assesses the use of numerical reasoning to solve problems. Specifically, knowing which information to use and how to manipulate the numerical data using simple calculations.

2) UKCAT Verbal reasoning test; assesses applicants’ ability to read and critically evaluate written info. Specifically, to quickly assess the content of written passages and the accuracy of the conclusions drawn.

3) UKCAT Abstract reasoning test; assesses ability to find patterns in the abstract shape information presented. Both convergent and divergent thinking are assessed. You need to track pattern changes, generate hypotheses about which features are changing; and test these hypotheses.

4) UKCAT Decision analysis test; assesses applicants’ ability to make decisions based on complex coded information. Specifically, making complex decisions when faced with ambiguous, uncertain situations.

5) UKCAT situational judgment test; assesses capacity to firstly identify the critical factors in real-life, medical scenarios. Secondly, to use logical reasoning skills to determine how best to deal with these SJT scenarios.


UKCAT Tips – New situational judgement test format UKCAT tips

– The new UKCAT SJT test format means you can give the same rating to all response options. If, for example, two were Inappropriate and two were Appropriate that’s fine.

– Timeframe is very important to the correct answer. Consider how appropriate each response option is to both the short-term and to the long-term.

– Even when there are 4 response options this does not mean that one is Very Appropriate, Appropriate, Inappropriate and Very Inappropriate.

UKCAT Abstract Reasoning Practice Test Tips

– The previous UKCAT abstract reasoning test format of Sets A and B is still in place. Although there is a new question format with the question, Which of the following belongs in Set A / Set B?

– The key remains identifying the patterns that differentiate Set A from Set B. You can find further UKCAT 2015 abstract reasoning tips here.

– UKCAT abstract reasoning test practice is available. The 2014 formats can be found here.

UKCAT Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Tips

– It’s worth noting that there are both critical verbal reasoning and more traditional True/False, Can’t Tell format questions. The latter reading comprehension format has practice questions here.

– There are also practice questions for critical verbal reasoning UKCAT format questions here.

-There are tips for the critical verbal reasoning UKCAT format questions here.

UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Practice Test Tips

– This UKCAT sub-test format is the same as the previous Quantitative Reasoning Test format.

– Further UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning Practice Test Tips are here.

UKCAT Decision Analysis Practice Test Tips

– This UKCAT sub-test format is the same as the previous Decision Analysis Test format.

– Further UKCAT Decision Analysis Practice Test Tips are here.