UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning

The following information about the UKCAT Quantitative reasoning section is taken from The Ultimate UKCAT Guide: 1200 Practice Questions

Section 2 of the UKCAT is the quantitative reasoning subtest. It tests your ability to quickly interpret data and perform relevant calculations upon them.  Section 2 contains 36 questions and you have 24 minutes to answer them, giving a total of 40 seconds per question – slightly more generous than the UKCAT Verbal reasoning section.

There are different types of question you can be asked in Section 2, but all involve interpreting a numerical data source and performing calculations.  This is all about testing your natural ability with numbers, how easily you understand numbers and how well you can make calculations based upon new data.  You won’t find advanced mathematics, so you are at absolutely no disadvantage by not taking A-level maths.  Common sources include food menus, timetables, sales figures, surveys, conversion tables and more.  All questions have 5 options of which only one is correct.

There is an on screen calculator – a basic calculator for performing arithmetic.  You should ideally practice with a non-scientific calculator as that will give the closest simulation to what you will get on the day.  In addition to using it to solve questions, practice different calculations to build your speed using it – though this sounds boring, it will save you valuable time on the day.

The main challenge in most quantitative reasoning questions is finding the right data and selecting the appropriate calculation to perform, rather than the actual calculation itself.  However, time is tight so you should be confident with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, as well as working out percentages, fractions and ratios.

Working through plenty of practice questions will help, as you’ll see similar questions coming up again and again.  Commonly you will need to use timetables, data tables and different types of graphs to answer UKCAT quantitative reasoning questions.  Make sure you are comfortable with all of these styles of questions.