The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a university admissions test used in Australia, New Zealand, and abroad. Universities use it for admission into a range of health science courses, including medicine and dentistry.
The UCAT is a:
The UCAT tests five different abilities: Verbal reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Situational Judgement. These are reflected in the five subtests:
|Section||# of Questions||Time Per Section||Time Per Question|
|Verbal Reasoning||44||1 minute of instruction 21 minutes of test time||29 seconds per question|
|Decision Making||29||1 minute of instruction 31 minutes of test time||64 seconds per question|
|Quantitative Reasoning||36||1 minute of instruction 24 minutes of test time||40 seconds per question|
|Abstract Reasoning||55||1 minute of instruction 13 minutes of test time||14 seconds per question|
|Situation Judgement||69||1 minute of instruction 26 minutes of test time||25 seconds per question|
The UCAT tests high-order thinking skills under intense time pressure. With our insight-oriented curriculum, individualised tutorial packages, and adaptive learning software, we can support every student with their UCAT preparation.
Our educational experts and consultants analyse the five abilities, what they are, and break them down into core competencies required for each.
Verbal reasoning is the ability to comprehend, analyse, synthesise, and draw conclusions from the textual information, applying critical reasoning to written content.
In this section of the UCAT, expect to see: 11 textual excerpts with four questions each. These questions are based only on non-fiction texts and do not feature poetry, comics, or fictional work.
It is pivotal to be aware of the core assumptions we make and the cognitive biases that subconsciously cloud our conclusions.
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In the UCAT, decision-making refers to an umbrella of related abilities centred on drawing conclusions from complicated sources of information.
Data interpretation from text, charts, tables, graphs, and other diagrams and an understanding of logical argumentation are key for this section.
Quantitative reasoning is more than numbers and mental arithmetic. It focuses on sound reasoning grounded in numbers, including statistics, figures, and costs. All candidates have access to an on-screen calculator.
Abstract reasoning tests the ability to discern, analyse, and synthesise information. Students must be efficient in iterative thinking: the ability to constantly generate hypotheses and modify them dependent on their success.
In this section, you will encounter questions that expect you to:
Complete the Sequence, This to That and Match the Question to the Family questions all display aspects of the core competencies required. For a more detailed analysis and a thorough examination of core competencies, join our UCAT program!
Situational judgement testing (SJT) has been a part of admissions processes for more than four years in Australia and New Zealand. It has now been subsumed into the UCAT process and will not be standalone as previously.
Testing on situational judgement focuses on clinical scenarios that involve university and medical students. Through these scenarios, candidates are evaluated on their integrity and ability to respond. Broadly, SJT seeks to evaluate the candidate's emotional intelligence (EQ) and how they will adapt to future careers in health sciences.
In this section, expect questions that require you to:
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