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Did you know that if you spend an average of 2 minutes answering and absorbing the explanation of each question in a question bank, it will take you 333 hours to get through 10k questions!?
No wonder the vast majority of people don’t answer anywhere near 10k questions before their exam!
We surveyed 100s of medical students and asked them what their biggest issue was when preparing for the UCAT.
Over 90% said that because the UCAT wasn’t a knowledge-based exam, they could answer thousands of questions but never feel like they were getting anywhere.
The trouble with standard question banks is that everyone is given the same questions to prepare with, with no consideration of what skills or topics each person is actually struggling with.
However, everyone has a different baseline ability. You might struggle with quantitative reasoning, whereas your friend might be a maths wizard. With a standard question bank, you’ll both answer the same QR questions, in the same order, meaning you’ll be left struggling while your friend doesn’t feel stretched.
No wonder so many people can find preparing for the UCAT frustrating!
The Medistudents adaptive UCAT question bank is here to change all that.
We recognise that the vast majority of students don’t complete all 10,000 questions in a question bank.
It’s therefore vitally important that the questions you do answer are relevant to your skill and ability level.
We’ll ensure that in the areas you’re struggling, you’ll master the basics first. Whereas in your stronger areas, you’ll be immediately pushed.
As you progress through the question bank, you’ll be able to see a sophisticated estimate of your current skill level for each subsection of the UCAT. When other question banks give you a performance review, they are simply telling you how many questions you’ve got right or wrong.
We do things differently.
Our algorithm will tell you exactly what your ability level is for each area of the UCAT. We calculate this based on the actual difficulty of the questions you are answering and it’s done in real time, so you can be sure that the work you’re putting in is actually translating into real gains in your UCAT score.
The Medistudents UCAT question bank is the only one available which shows you if you’re actually getting better at answering harder questions.
First introduced in 2016, to replace the Decision Analysis subtest, the UCAT Decision Making subtest assesses your ability to analyse information and apply logic to make decisions. This can be a tricky section of the UCAT with some questions which can easily trip candidates up; however, with adequate preparation, you can ensure that you’re familiar with the questions and able to perform well during the exam.
This guide will provide you with more information about the Decision Making subtest, including how to prepare, tips to do well and where to access free quality UCAT practice questions.
With questions related to information presented in text, charts, tables, graphs and diagrams, the UCAT Decision Making subtest assesses your ability to evaluate arguments, analyse statistical information and apply logic to make decisions or form conclusions.
The ability to make decisions is an important skill for doctors. Often they are tasked with doing so in complex situations, in which they’re required to assess and manage risk, deal with uncertainty and apply high-level problem solving skills.
Being able to reason, evaluate arguments for and against, and to use logic are key skills for problem solving.
The format of the UCAT Decision Making section is as follows:
You’ll have 31 minutes (plus a 1 minute instruction section) to answer the 29 questions, giving you approximately 1 minute per question.
There are six types of questions within the UCAT Decision Making subtest, they are:
You can find strategies for each of the question types in the relevant section below.
As mentioned above, there are two answer types within the UCAT Decision Making subtest:
The strategies section below gives more information on how to approach each of these question types.
Within the Decision Making subtest, scoring depends on the type of question. For the multiple choice questions, which have one correct answer, there is one mark available for each. For the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions, which have five statements to respond to, there are two available marks; two marks will be awarded for all correct responses to the statements and one mark for partially correct responses.
The raw mark that you achieve in the Decision Making subtest is converted into a ‘scale score’ between 300 – 900. The other cognitive subtests – Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning – are all scored in the same way, whereas the Situational Judgement Test is scored using a band system.
Although it was introduced in 2016, the UCAT Decision Making subtest was unscored in the first year. Therefore, the following ‘mean scores’ provided on the UCAT website are from 2017 – 2020:
*Note, scores from 2020 are for tests taken up to 25 October 2020.
For more information about how the UCAT is scored, including the scaled scoring, visit the UCAT Practice Test blog.
For all of the ‘cognitive subtests’ in the UCAT, it’s generally advised that a ‘good’ score is approximately 20 – 30 marks above the average score for that subtest. For example, for 2020, a ‘good’ UCAT score for the Decision Making subtest would be 645 – 655.
Remember, the average score will vary each year, depending on how that year’s candidates perform, and therefore, so will what’s considered a ‘good’ UCAT score.
As mentioned previously, some of the questions in the Decision Making subtest can be tricky if you’re unsure of them; therefore, it’s vital that you’re familiar with the types of questions you’ll receive and how to answer them. Focusing on practice questions and practice tests during your UCAT preparations will support you to understand what the subtest involves and how to approach it.
To ensure that you’re fully prepared for the exam, you should practice all six types of questions that you'll encounter. In addition to this, to gain more from your preparations, you should aim to identify the types of questions which you find more challenging and dedicate additional time to those. Our adaptive question bank can help you with this, by automatically identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and ensuring that you spend time developing the areas which are likely to have the biggest impact on your UCAT Decision Making score.
As well as practice questions and tests, brushing up on your maths skills will help you with the Decision Making section. The UCAT website suggests that you specifically focus on revising probability and Venn diagrams, which are needed for the probabilistic reasoning and Venn diagrams questions.
The UCAT Question Tutorial provides the following strategies for answering questions in the UCAT Decision Making subtest:
For logical puzzles and syllogisms in particular, which refer to the type of language being used, the UCAT website provides ‘Decision Making definitions’ which clarifies the key language used in the subtests.
The following tips will support you to perform well during the UCAT Decision Making subtest:
Completing practice questions and practice tests is the most effective way of preparing for the UCAT. They allow you to become familiar with the types of questions you’ll be asked and how to answer them, which will increase your pace and help you to approach the questions more confidently.
Our UCAT Practice Test blog is a great place to start, as it offers free practice questions, for all areas of the UCAT including the Decision Making subtest. It also provides general information about the UCAT which you may find useful. In addition to this, our adaptive question bank offers artificial intelligence powered practice questions and practice tests, which automatically adapt to your strengths and weaknesses, to provide a personalised learning experience. This method of learning means that you’ll be guided to spend more revising the areas which are likely to have the biggest impact on your UCAT score and therefore make effective use of your UCAT preparation time.
Thousands of questions and comprehensive answers written specifically for UCAT preparation, with more getting added.
The Medistudents platform has been designed to replicate the actual exam, so you won’t get any surprises on the day.
Each question and explanation you receive will be chosen by our AI algorithm, specifically for you.
The only question bank available that tells you if you’re actually getting better and not just how many questions you’ve answered correctly.
We don’t just pick the questions for our mock exams at random, we follow a similar process to the actual exam board by calibrating every question for difficulty, based on the abilities of 100s of medical students. This means your score will be a much more accurate reflection of the real thing.
You can access our platform anywhere and it works on desktops, tablets and phones. This means you can revise at home or on the go.
When the Medistudents team were preparing for the UCAT, working out where to start was quite overwhelming. The online resources offered thousands of practice questions and lots of generic advice. However, the only way of getting help that was specifically targeted at you was by paying for expensive tutoring.
This didn’t seem right to us. The personalised learning you get with a tutor has been shown to improve exam results across all fields of education. So why when it came to the UCAT, an exam that is vital for medical school, should it only be available to those who could afford a tutor?
The good news is artificial intelligence has changed everything! Super smart algorithms can now identify exactly where your strengths and weaknesses lie, ensuring that every minute of your revision is focused on areas that will have the biggest impact on your exam score.
Here at Medistudents we’ve used the latest educational technology and combined it with our deep understanding of the UCAT, to produce the first ever AI-powered, adaptive UCAT question bank.
We know that once you’ve tried our adaptive UCAT question bank, you’ll want to tell your friends about it.
To make this easier, we’re giving every student who signs up a unique referral code to give to their friends.
The Medistudents team has been creating educational resources for medical students and doctors for years. We’ve helped thousands of students pass their exams and we’ve put all of that experience into our UCAT question bank.
We’ve kept things simple with our subscription plans. All of our prices are kept affordable to ensure that everyone has access to all the resources they need to get into medical school.
As you progress through the question bank, our algorithm will be performing complicated statistical analyses of the way you answer questions. All of our questions have been tested on hundreds of 1st year medical students so the algorithm knows exactly how difficult each question is.
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