UKCAT Decision Making

This UKCAT information is taken from The Ultimate UKCAT Guide: 1200 Practice Questions

Section 4 of the UKCAT this year (2016) is the Decision Making subtest. This will replace the previous Decision Analysis and will test your ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information.

Although you are required to take this sub-test as part of your UKCAT, this year how you do in this section will not count towards your final score. The results of this section will not be passed on to your chosen medical or dental school and will not be taken into consideration by universities during their admissions process.

The reason for the introduction of the Decision Making section is due to Doctors and Dentists often being required to make decisions in complex situations. In order to do this successfully, you need to be able to deal with uncertainty whilst assessing and managing risk, all whilst possessing high level problem solving skills.

In the new Section 4, Decision Making, you will be given 32 minutes. This equates to one minute for instructions and 31 minutes for the 29 questions. Each item may refer to text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams. There may also be additional information within the question itself.

For this section there will be a simple on-screen calculator available to you but you may also need your notepad and pen. The questions do not share data with each other and whilst some questions will have up to 4 answers to chose from, others will be a series of statements for which you must answer “yes” or “no”.

With a clear approach you can quickly learn the right skills to tackle even the hardest decision making questions.  With the right skills and enough practice, you’ll be amazed at how good you can become in the decision making section of the UKCAT.