What is the Quantitative Reasoning section of the UCAT?
The Quantitative Reasoning section of the UCAT “assesses your ability to use numerical skills to solve problems. It assumes familiarity with numbers to the standard of a good pass at GCSE. However, questions are less to do with numerical facility and more to do with problem-solving”. There are 36 questions associated with tables, charts, and/or graphs, and you have 25 minutes to answer them.
Being proficient in mental maths and being able to calculate dosages are some essential skills that you will be expected to have as a doctor. This is the ‘maths’ section of the exam and is a very time pressured section! It covers volume, speed/distance/time questions, formulas, estimates and ratios. Ensure you master percentage changes, mean, median and modes, interest and tax questions.
UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Summary
- The section is focused on solving problems using numerical skills
- It’s a very time pressured section (41 seconds per question)
- Start your preparation by taking a sample test in exam conditions without any previous preparation
- Practice mental maths
- Get used to the questions
How can I prepare for Quantitative Reasoning?
As with all the other sections, make sure you treat it like any other test you have encountered in college. Make sure you make a plan and stick to it.
Also, there is a lot of information on the official UCAT website, so make sure you look at it.
A great first step is to test yourself on this section in exam conditions. Do it before you do any revision at all. This way, you will see what score you can expect without any preparation. If you can already score highly (around 700), you won’t need to spend as much time on this section during your preparation.
Practice mental maths
To practice for the Quantitative Reasoning section, it’s a good idea to brush up on some basic mental maths and sums, especially if you haven’t done maths since GCSEs. Making sure you still know all your times’ tables, can do simple multiplication, division, fractions, and percentages will stand you in good stead for the exam.
Practice as many questions as possible
While practising is essential for every section of the UCAT, it’s vital for quantitative reasoning. The questions are very similar, so by practising enough, you will know what to do with the question before you finish reading it.
However, make sure you always read the entire question before answering it to ensure you don’t make a silly mistake that can be very costly.
UCAT Quantitative Reasoning questions
To succeed in this section, you want to make sure you know how to calculate the following:
- Speed/Distance/Time questions
- Formulas (Area of square, Area of a triangle, Area of a circle, Circumference of a circle and Area of a cylinder)
- Estimates and ratios
- Percentage changes
- Median and modes
- Interest and tax questions
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