UCAT Decision Making Guide 2022

UCAT Decision Making Guide 2022

Decision Making UCAT
Decision Making UCAT
Holly Melvin
4th Year Medical Student at The University of Manchester, Instagram account: @that.girl.medic
June 6, 2022

What is the Decision Making section of the UCAT?

According to the UCAT website the Decision Making section of the UCAT “assesses your ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information”. There are 29 questions that may refer to text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams. Additional information may be presented within the question itself and you will have 31 minutes to answer the 29 questions.

Being able to deduce relevant information from irrelevant information, apply logic to solve puzzles (diagnoses) and interpret various forms of data, are all important skills as a doctor. In this section, you will be faced with a variety of question types, some of which include reading graphs and diagrams and solving logical puzzles.

UCAT Decision Making Summary

  • The section is focused on applying logic to reach a decision
  • You will have around 64 seconds per a question
  • Start your preparation by taking a sample test in exam conditions without any previous preparation
  • Learn the important definitions

How can I prepare for the Decision Making?

Before starting to do any revision for Decision Making, start by taking some time to go through the UCAT website and reading their explanation of this section. You’ll get a good understanding of the test structure, types of questions and how it will be marked.

Do an initial full exam (just the Decision Making section) in exam conditions, having not done any revision, to see where you’re at. Don’t worry if it’s a “bad score”, this is just a starting point you can use to guide your study.

When then concentrating on this section for the first time, you can go through your paper and figure out where you’re tripping up and losing marks, what kinds of questions you’re finding difficult and what your time management was like (for example did you even manage to finish all the questions)?

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Definitions for Decision Making

For the Decision Making questions, I would strongly advise learning these definitions below. You can do this by making flashcards or matching up games, or writing them out repeatedly – whatever works for you.

Knowing these definitions will help you to interpret information you are presented with and correctly interpret data. These definitions are taken directly from the UCAT website so are definitely worth committing to memory. 

  • All – An unspecified number referring to the whole of it/everything.
  • Always – On all occasions, without fail.
  • Either – Exclusively A or B (not both).
  • Few – A small number of, less than 50%.
  • Majority – A number that is more than 50% of the whole but not all.
  • Many – An undetermined number similar to ‘some’. A part of it, not all of it.
  • Most – An undetermined but majority number/largest part.
  • None – Not even a small amount/not even one.
  • Nothing – Not a single thing. Of no value.
  • Not all – 1-99%
  • Only – Introduces something which must happen before something else in the sentence. Indicates there is nothing else.
  • Some – An undetermined number being more than one but less than all. A part of it, not all of it.
  • Unless – Introduces the only circumstance which makes the statement not true or valid.



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