Dissecting the UCAT Decision Making Subtest

The Decision Making subtest is the second section of the UCAT.  It includes 29 questions and is scored out of 900. In this article, we will look at the subtest in more detail. The DM subtest is relatively new compared to the others. It was introduced in 2016 and replaced the Decision Analysis section. Though similar in some ways, the new DM subtest assesses a students ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information. What to expect You will be presented with a variety of information, in the form of text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams and be required to analyse the information to answer the accompanying questions. This [Read More]


Some mental maths tricks for the UCAT (incl. YouTube videos)

One of the main challenges with the QR and DM subtests is timing. Learning a few basic mental maths tricks will save you a ton of time. In this article, we share YouTube videos that provide helpful mental maths tricks for common calculations in the exam. 1. Fast Mental Multiplication Trick 2. Mental Maths Trick For Calculating Fractions 3. Mental Maths Trick for Calculating Percentages 4. Mental Maths trick for Square roots 5. How To Square Number In Your Head For more check out the Tecmath’s YouTube channel. Not sure where to begin UCAT preparation? Take the FREE 30-day UCAT study challenge or read more UCAT articles.


How to save time with the UCAT Calculator (2020 updated)

A simple on-screen calculator will be made available to use in the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) and Decision Making (DM) subtests. I strongly recommend that you practice using it when preparing for both subtests. Percentage: Use this function for calculating percentages Divide: Use this function for the division of one number by the other. Multiply: Use this function for multiplication of two numbers Subtract: Use this function for the subtraction of one number by the other. Add: Use this function to add two numbers together. Equals: Use this button to get a result of a function (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and so on). The equals sign is also useful for getting around the [Read More]


A Step-by-Step Walk-through a Decision Making Puzzle

This is a UCAT guide from UniAdmissions, they provide courses to prepare for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) and provide support for entrance into competitive courses like Medicine and Dentistry. Logical puzzles are one type of question that you can come across in the Decision Making subtest (for other Decision Making question-types read more). These types of questions require you to make an inference based on the available information to get to an answer.  It will usually be presented with a general statement, than more specific statements. Both should be combined to make a conclusion and find the answer. The question we will look at is an interesting one. Step 1 As [Read More]