Admissions Tests · March 18, 2019
UCAT Abstract Reasoning Overview
Abstract Reasoning is typically the most loved or feared section of the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). This part tests your ability to identify patterns amongst abstract series of shapes.
You may be surprised that many students falsely believe there is no point in studying for Abstract Reasoning, so you’re already at a huge advantage by reading this blog. The truth is, revising for this subtest can help in two ways. First, it can give you a comprehensive overview of the pattern types you’ll be expected to spot. Second, revising will give your brain plenty of opportunities to develop its pattern-recognition capabilities.
In this blog, I will give you an overview of:
- The different question-types you’ll come across in Abstract Reasoning and how to time your efforts on each of them to maximise your score
- How to prioritise your investigation into the common patterns of a set UKCAT Abstract Reasoning tips to score higher on test day
Set A, Set B, or Neither
Complete the series
Complete the statement
Set A or B
Abstract Reasoning checklist
Practice for the UCAT with a real exam simulation
To maximise your chance of spotting the patterns, I’ll leave you with one last tip. Within each set, some of the boxes will look much more complicated than others. But all of them contain the same basic pattern. Therefore, it is usually easiest to spot the pattern in the simplest box. Go for that simple box and try to work out the pattern from the set of shapes in that box, i.e. how many shapes, what colour, how many edges etc. Then, test your theory with one of the more complicated boxes; if it holds true, then it’s likely that you’ve found the pattern.
I hope that you no longer feel as daunted by this cryptic section of the UCAT. Don’t forget that if you have any questions about your UCAT preparation or medical schools in general, you can send us an email at hello@theMSAG.com.
Mr Philip Linell
Philip himself scores consistently in the 3200-3400 range for the UCAT. He has a First-Class Degree in English Literature from Lancaster University and a Masters in PPE from York University, and has used those credentials to help over 1000 students in almost 20 different subjects,