UCAT ANZ Test Format

The UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test which assesses a range of abilities identified by universities as important to practicing in the fields of medicine / dentistry / clinical sciences. The test consists of five separately timed subtests which each contain a number of questions in a multiple-choice format. 

Once the test has started it cannot be paused but each subtest is preceded by a 1 minute instruction section.

Candidates can apply for Access Arrangements to sit an extended version of the test if they have a documented medical condition or disability. 

Information on scoring and marking can be found here.

UCAT Subtests

Questions

Standard
UCAT ANZ

Verbal Reasoning
Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.

44

21 minutes

Decision Making
Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.

29

31 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning
Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.

36

25 minutes

Abstract Reasoning
Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.

50

12 minutes

Situational Judgement
Measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.

66

26 minutes

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to read and think carefully about information presented in passages and to determine whether specific conclusions can be drawn from information presented.  You are not expected to use prior knowledge to answer the questions.

Doctors and dentists need excellent verbal reasoning skills in order to understand complex information and communicate this clearly and simply to patients. Medical practitioners must also be able to interpret findings from published materials and apply this to their own practice. It is essential they are able to critique such materials and draw their own conclusion as to the validity of any findings.

Verbal Reasoning Questions

You will be presented with eleven passages of text, each associated with 4 questions. You have 21 minutes to answer the 44 questions in this subtest.

Some questions assess critical reasoning skills, requiring candidates to make inferences and draw conclusions from information. You will need to read the passage of text carefully.  You will then be presented with a question or incomplete statement and four response options. You are required to pick the best or most suitable response. You will only be able to select one response.

For other questions, your task is to read each passage of text carefully and then decide whether the statement provided follows logically. There are three answer options you can choose from:

True: On the basis of the information in the passage, the statement is true.

False: On the basis of the information in the passage, the statement is false.

Can’t Tell: You cannot tell from the information in the passage whether the statement is true or false.


Decision Making

The Decision Making subtest assesses your ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information.

Doctors and dentists are often required to make decisions in situations that may be complex. This requires high-level problem solving skills and the ability to assess and manage risk and deal with uncertainty.

Decision Making Questions

You will be presented with 29 questions that may refer to text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams. Additional information may be presented within the question itself. You will have 31 minutes to answer the questions in this subtest.

All questions are standalone and do not share data. Some questions will have four answer options but only one correct answer; others will require you to respond to five statements by placing a 'yes' or 'no' answer next to each statement.

A simple on-screen calculator is available for use in this section. You may also need to use your whiteboards and pen. Knowledge of specific mathematical or logical reasoning terminology is not required to answer any questions.

Decision Making Definitions 

All

An unspecified number referring to the whole of it/everything.

Always

On all occasions, without fail.

Either

Exclusively A or B (not both).

Few

A small number of, less than 50%.

Majority

A number that is more than 50% of the whole but not all.

Many

An undetermined number similar to 'some'. A part of it, not all of it.

Most

An undetermined but majority number/largest part.

None

Not even a small amount/not even one.

Nothing

Not a single thing. Of no value.

Not all

1-99%

Only

Introduces something which must happen before something else in the sentence.  Indicates there is nothing else.

Some

An undetermined number being more than one but less than all. A part of it, not all of it.

Unless

Introduces the only circumstance which makes the statement not true or valid.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to use numerical skills to solve problems. It assumes familiarity with numbers to the standard of a good pass at GCSE. However questions are less to do with numerical facility and more to do with problem solving.

Doctors and dentists are constantly required to review data and apply it to their own practice. On a practical level drug calculations based on patient weight, age and other factors have to be correct. At a more advanced level, clinical research requires an ability to interpret, critique and apply results presented in the form of complex statistics. Universities considering applicants need to know they have the aptitude to cope in these situations.

Quantitative Reasoning Questions

You will be presented with 36 questions associated with tables, charts, and/or graphs. You will have 25 minutes to answer the questions in this subtest.

You are required to solve problems by extracting relevant information from tables and other numerical presentations. Most questions will be shown as sets of four questions each connected to the same data. There are some questions that standalone and do not share data. Each question has five answer options. Your task is to choose the best option.

A simple on-screen calculator is available for use in this section. You may also need to use your whiteboards and pen.


Abstract Reasoning

Abstract Reasoning assesses your ability to identify patterns amongst abstract shapes where irrelevant and distracting material may lead to incorrect conclusions. The test therefore measures your ability to change track, critically evaluate and generate hypotheses and requires you to query judgements as you go along.

When considering possible diagnoses, medical practitioners may be presented with a set of symptoms and/or results. Some information may be more reliable, more relevant and clearer than other information. Doctors and Dentists need to make judgements about such information, identifying the information which will help them reach conclusions. Carrying out research involving data often involves identifying patterns in results in order to generate further hypotheses.

Abstract Reasoning Questions

You will be presented with 50 questions associated with sets of shapes. You will have 12 minutes to answer the questions in this subtest.

You will see all of these 4 different question types in this subtest: 

  • For type 1, you will be presented with two sets of shapes labelled “Set A” and “Set B”. You will be given a test shape and asked to decide whether the test shape belongs to Set A, Set B, or Neither.
  • For type 2, you will be presented with a series of shapes. You will be asked to select the next shape in the series.
  • For type 3, you will be presented with a statement, involving a group of shapes. You will be asked to determine which shape completes the statement.
  • For type 4, you will be presented with two sets of shapes labelled “Set A” and “Set B”. You will be asked to select which of the four response options belongs to Set A or Set B.


Situational Judgement Test

The situational judgement test (SJT) measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them. Questions do not require medical or procedural knowledge.

The test assesses integrity, perspective taking, team involvement, resilience and adaptability. SJTs are used widely in medical and dental selection, including selection of Foundation Doctors and Dentists, GPs and other medical specialities.

Situational Judgement Questions

You will be presented with 66 questions associated with a series of scenarios (each scenario may have up to 6 questions associated with it). You will have 26 minutes to answer all questions within the subtest.

For some questions you will be asked to rate the importance of a series of statements in response to the scenario, for others you will be asked to rate the appropriateness of a series of statements in response to the scenario.

Some of the questions will require that you rate each response from either two or four possible options. Other questions will require you to choose the most and least appropriate action to take in response to the situation, from the three actions provided.