# What Does The UCAT Test Consist Of?â€‹

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The UCAT contains 5 sections, each testing a different ability or skill required for Medicine. We’ve created a summary of the key information below, however for additional details, tips & techniques click on the relevant section heading

## Verbal Reasoning

Candidates are given 11 passages, and asked 4 questions or statements about each passage (44 overall). Candidates are required to answer the questions and respond with â€˜trueâ€™, â€˜falseâ€™ or â€˜canâ€™t tellâ€™ to the statements, or select the single best answer. This section tests studentsâ€™ abilities to effectively read and summarise information over a short period of time.

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## Decision Making

Candidates are given 29 questions that allude to text, charts or graphs. Certain questions are multiple choice with 4 options, whereas others require students to place â€˜yesâ€™ or â€˜noâ€™ next to a series of 5 statements. There are a total of 6 question types in this section.
Quantitative Reasoning: Candidates are given 36 questions about 9 data sets â€“ each question has 5 options, with the best answer being chosen. This primarily tests studentsâ€™ ability to answer a variety of data and numerical problems.

## Abstract Reasoning

Candidates are given 55 questions in this section, with there being 4 different types of question. Type 1 involves deciding whether certain shapes belong to Set A, Set B or â€˜neitherâ€™, type 2 requires students to select the next shape in a series of shapes, and type 3 gives candidates a statement and asks to choose which shape â€˜completes the statementâ€™. Type 4 follows the initial Set A/Set B format â€“ 4 shapes are given, and must be allocated to Set A or Set B. Essential to succeeding in this section is a structured approach such as the BlackStone TutorsÂ 3 Step Approach To Abstract Reasoning & NASSSS

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## Situational Judgement

â€‹Candidates are given 69 questions relating to a series of scenarios taking place in a clinical setting. In the first part of the section, students must rate the â€˜importanceâ€™ of a set of statements referring to the scenario. In the second part, the â€˜appropriatenessâ€™ of certain actions in response to the scenario must be evaluated, ranging from the most to least appropriate.

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