Admissions Tests · March 11, 2019
UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Overview
Some students believe that the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) Quantitative Reasoning section simply requires the maths skills developed at GCSE level and therefore cannot be helped by any further preparation. From my experience with acing standardised tests and tutoring dozens of students in their UCAT preparation, I would strongly suggest that you don't follow this advice. You will not achieve above-average marks in this section if you don't go into it with a game plan and a lot of preparation.
In this post, I will:
- Cover the best way to approach the Quantitative Reasoning part of the UCAT test, including how to allocate your time for each question and deal with huge differences in the difficulty of the questions
- Explain why you shouldn’t approach this section as you do your school exams
- Cover the initial steps you should take to start any of these question-types and how to deal with that awful on screen calculator that you’re provided with
How do I allocate my time to the Quantitative Reasoning UCAT section?
- 10 easy-and-quick questions
- 10 medium-and-quick questions
- 10 medium-but-long questions
- And lastly, around six hard-and-long questions
- 10-20 seconds per question for the easy-and-quick questions
- 20-40 seconds per question for the medium-and-quick questions
- 40-60 seconds per question for the medium-but-long questions
- 5-15 seconds per question guesstimating or just guessing the hard-and-long questions
Why is the UCAT different from school Maths exams?
How do I use the UCAT calculator?
Practice for the UCAT with a real life simulation
So, that’s an introduction to the Quantitative Reasoning subtest. If you follow the timing approach given, you will be very well-placed to get an excellent UCAT score on exam day. But there is no substitute for actually understanding the techniques being tested. I would highly recommend attending theMSAG's UCAT Course. This will give you a great start on learning the tricks behind the Quantitative Reasoning questions! If you do have any other questions, be it specific UCAT questions or general medical school application advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us 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,