​UCAT Quantitative Reasoning

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24 minutes
36 items (9 Question Sets)
Percentage of candidates who do not complete section: 25%
​Time per question: 40 Seconds
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Why Quantitative Reasoning?

​Doctors and dentists are constantly required to review data and apply it to their own practice. On a practical level drug calculations based on patient weight, age and other factors have to be correct. At a more advanced level, clinical research requires an ability to interpret, critique and apply results presented in the form of complex statistics. Universities considering applicants need to know they have the aptitude to cope in these situations.

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UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions

A company is employed to collect blood samples from local GP surgeries and deliver them to the hospital laboratory. The table below shows the number of surgeries at certain distances from the hospital. Each GP surgery serves on average 12,000 patients.

​1) How many surgeries does the company collect samples from?

  1. 15
  2. 54
  3. 62
  4. 68
  5. Can’t tell

2) Estimate how many people are registered with a GP within 5 km of the hospital.

  1. 120,000
  2. 180,000
  3. 205,000
  4. 744,000
  5. Can’t tell

3) Calculate the population within 25 km.

  1. 498,000
  2. 500,000
  3. 620,000
  4. 744,000
  5. Can’t tell

4) 12 km from the hospital is a city of 120,000 people. What is the approximate population (registered with a GP) that lives 10-14 km away from the hospital but not in the city?

  1. 0
  2. 83,000
  3. 156,000
  4. 264,000
  5. 276,000

UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions Answers

1) Correct answer is C (62)
This simply involves adding up the total number of GP surgeries from the table. Therefore: 15 + 5 + 23 + 11 + 8 = 62.

2) Correct answer is B (180,000)
There are 15 surgeries within 5 km of the hospital, and we are told that each surgery has an average of 12,000 patients. Therefore: 15 x 12,000 = 180,000.

3) Correct answer is E (Can’t tell)
We are told that there are 8 surgeries over 20 km away, but we don’t know how many of these surgeries lie within 25 km. Therefore we cannot calculate the answer with certainty from the data. In addition to this, not all members of the population may be registered with a GP meaning that the number of patients in each GP surgery does not necessarily equate to the population.

4) Correct answer is C (156,000)
We know that there are 23 surgeries between 10-14 km away; with an average of 12,000 patients per surgery, there are a total of: 23 x 12,000 = 276,000 patients. The nearby city has a population of 120,000 patients, therefore: 276,000 – 120,000 = 156,000 patients who live 10-14 km away but not in the city.

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