Why Am I So ​bad At Abstract Reasoning?

Advice & Insight From UCAT Specialists

A very common question, with a comparatively simple answer! The chances are that with a couple of small tweaks, this section will soon become one of your favourites.

Success in UCAT Abstract Reasoning requires two key factors; time awareness and a structured approach. On average, you have 12 seconds to answer each Abstract Reasoning question; not a lot of time!

Compile An Abstract Reasoning Pattern List

If you already have a systematic and trusted approach, keep in mind that there are only so many patterns and questions types that you can be asked; that’s why you need to compile a comprehensive list of every UCAT pattern that you come across in your preparation, and review this list at regular intervals, including the evening before your UCAT examination. Whilst the actual shapes may vary, you’ll be surprised how many of these patterns repeat in your actual examination.

3 Step Approach to Abstract Reasoning & NASSSS

In order to make the most of this limited time, you need to be systematic and use a structured approach such as the BlackStone Tutors 3 Step Approach to Abstract Reasoning & NASSSS, which we cover in depth in our Intensive UCAT Courses. Remember, any structured approach will take time to implement and for the first couple of days you will go ‘one step back’, however very soon you will be moving two steps forward with a systematic approach that will become second nature to you.

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