The focus of this page is the UKCAT decision analysis practice.
UKCAT’s Decision Analysis practice
Our site has several practice tests available in this test in which medical students must achieve the highest possible grades. This is a necessary step in the process of gaining acceptance of a place on the medical training university of their choice.
There is a specific practice page for each UKCAT sub test. For example, the Decision Analysis sub test is available for free download here:
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UKCAT Decision analysis tests measure the ability to make sense of coded information. The intention is to simulate the realities of real-life when decisions need to be made without having access to all the necessary information in one place.
The UKCAT Decision Analysis subtest is specifically designed for the UKCAT. Since you have not experienced this type of question before it is worth spending additional time reviewing the test format. Then the questions themselves, when you come to experience them on the UKCAT Test will not be any more difficult than those of the other UKCAT sub-tests.
UKCAT Decision Analysis Practice Strategies
Each question in the Decision Analysis sub-test needs to be approached in the same logical and structured way. The Decision Analysis sub-test comes near the end so ensure that you maintain focused concentration.
A useful approach to take is to follow these stages when completing each question:
- Write down a literal translation on a piece of paper.
- Next, compare your translation with each of the answer options provided. Ask yourself the following questions and note the answers:
- Which of the multiple-choice answer options are clearly wrong?
- Are there any that may be correct?
- Which of these remaining possibly correct answers is the most appropriate i.e. makes the most sense to me.
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- Question One is particularly important. Remember that there are only a few major reasons why a particular multiple choice answer option is incorrect. This is because one of more of the following may be true of that answer option:
– Does not include each of the code words in the question; or use the combined codes in the question;
– Uses the combined codes incorrectly; and/or
– Introduces a new word or concept for which there is no corresponding code.
2. A particular answer option may still be in correct even though it has used all the correct codes. This is because there is a more appropriate multiple-choice answer option. In other words, one of more of the following may be true of that answer option:
– An unusual answer that is not the most sensible/logical option of those available;
– It has used each of the codes but not in a logical order; and it does not capture the true meaning/essence of the question codes;
– Subjective judgement(s) have been made; and/or
In summary, it is not the best available interpretation of the question codes and so is not the preferred answer.
3. With the CAT Decision Analysis questions, the subtleties are often when coded words have been combined together.
4. You will find some items much easier than others. This is why it’s important to get to the end of the Decision Analysis subtest before the allocated time. That way you can return to the more difficult items and at least have attempted answers to all the questions.
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5. The length of the coded sequence in the question and the number of combined codes are the best indicator of how difficult you are likely to find a particular Decision Analysis question. You may decide to complete the easier Decision analysis questions first.
6. Focus your decision solely on which comes across as the most logical answer to you.
7. Remember the different reasons for why a particular answer option is unlikely to be correct that were provided earlier in this Test Taker’s Guide. Then go through a process of eliminating multiple-choice answer options.
8. Ensure that you understand the meaning of the General Operating Codes. These are presented in the first column of the table presented at the start of a block of Decision Analysis questions.
9. One pitfall to avoid is the use of combined codes, especially when the translation is a plural (e.g. robots in questions 26-29).
10. Another pitfall to avoid is spending too long on the first half of the subtest.
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