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What is the UCAT?

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), which was previously known as the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is a multiple choice, timed, computerised exam that candidates for medical or dental UK universities may be required to take, depending on the university's requirements. The UCAT (UKCAT) is made up of five different sections and is designed to evaluate your cognitive abilities. It offers universities an insight into finding candidates that have the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviour required to be successful in a clinical career. The UCAT (UKCAT) does not contain any curriculum or science content. Therefore, no prior revision of sciences, such as Biology or Chemistry, is required. It focuses on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates and other attributes considered to be valuable for healthcare professionals. The UCAT (UKCAT) is provided by Pearson Vue and is taken at Pearson Vue’s centres. Score results are provided immediately upon completion of the exam. Scores are sent directly to the university or universities to which you are applying. More generalised information can be found on Pearson Vue’s website: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/ To access more content like this please purchase the Complete Package.

UCAT Format

The UCAT (UKCAT) test assesses a range of cognitive and mental abilities identified important by Medical and Dental Schools. There is no curriculum content as the test examines innate skills. Despite this, we recommend thorough preparation and practice prior to the test. Each subtest is in a multiple-choice format and is separately timed. Here is the breakdown of the UCAT (UKCAT) format based on the 2020 format: Verbal Reasoning - 22 minutes - 44 questions Quantitative Reasoning - 25 minutes 36 questions Abstract Reasoning - 14 minutes 55 questions Decision Making - 32 minutes 29 questions Situational Judgement - 27 minutes 69 questions Format - 2 hours (longer if SEN) To access more content like this please purchase the Complete Package.

Verbal Reasoning Practice Question

Eggs are so incredibly nutritious that they’re often called “nature’s multivitamin.” The nutrients in them are enough to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken. However, eggs have been demonized in the past because they contain a large amount of cholesterol, which was believed to increase the risk of heart disease. But the truth is that despite being high in cholesterol, eggs don’t really raise the bad cholesterol in the blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise “good” cholesterol. Despite all the warnings about eggs and their contents in the past few decades, studies show that they are not associated with heart disease. If anything, eggs are pretty much a perfect food for humans. They’re loaded with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants that protect the eyes. They are also an excellent source of Choline, a nutrient that is very important for the health of the brain and about 90% of people aren’t getting enough of. Despite being a “high fat” food, eating eggs for breakfast is proven to cause significant weight loss compared to a breakfast of bagels. 1. Large amounts of cholesterol is bad for humans, increasing the risk of heart disease A. True B. False C. Cannot Say 2. This passage is targeted at: Dispelling factual inaccuracies about eggs Attempting to persuade vegans to eat eggs Encouraging people to lose weight Promoting the consumption of nutrient-packed foods 3. 10% of the population eat enough eggs to absorb the necessary choline they need. A. True B. False C. Cannot Say

Quantitative Reasoning Practice Question

Given that the HIV rate in urban areas in 2010 was 320 per 1,000, what was that year's HIV rate (per 1000) in rural areas?

  • 220
  • 280
  • 240
  • 200
  • Cannot Say

Situational Judgement Practice Question

Michael is a medical student assigned to a hepatology ward of a hospital. Many patients are brought in every day due to chronic disease or alcoholism. A patient was brought in the day before, and is on the waiting list for a liver transplant following liver scarring due to long- standing alcoholism. The patient has had to complete a 9-month stint of abstinence from alcohol in order to qualify for the transplant. Without this transplant, the patient's condition is terminal. The patient's family has been visiting him on afternoons. One afternoon, Michael overhears the patient asking for 'one last drink' followed by a relative handing over what appears to be an alcoholic beverage. How appropriate are each of the following responses by Michael in this situation? 1. Allow the patient one last drink, as his abstinence of the last 9 months shows that his
alcoholism is resolved. He needs the transplant to survive
2. Consult the lead doctor about it, and tell him that the patient has broken his
abstinence, which could lead to him not getting the transplant

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Verbal Reasoning Practice Answers

1. Large amounts of cholesterol is bad for humans, increasing the risk of heart disease False The passage speaks of this in the past tense, saying it “was believed to increase the risk of heart disease”. The fact that it is written in the past tense suggests that this is no longer the accepted belief, thus allowing us to infer that it is not true. We are then explicitly told eggs, and therefore the cholesterol they contain, “are not associated with heart disease” 2. This passage is targeted at: ​ 4. Promoting the consumption of nutrient-packed foods Whilst A is true, it is not the main aim of the passage, as it only discusses inaccuracies in the third and fourth sentences. It makes no attempt to persuade vegans to eat eggs, nor does it focus on losing weight, despite it mentioning the subject in the last sentence. Throughout the passage, we are constantly reminded of the high nutrient content within eggs, ranging from protein to fats to vitamins, thus leaving Answer D as the most appropriate answer. 3. 10% of the population eat enough eggs to absorb the necessary Choline they need. Cannot say We are not told eggs are the only way by which you can get your necessary Choline, merely that it is an “excellent source”. We do not have enough information to determine whether it is because of the eggs that the 10% of the population get their Choline or not.

Quantitative Reasoning Practice Answers

Answer: 220
Urban to rural population ratio is given in the table, and so is the HIV rate per 1000.
Therefore: (1*320+4*X)/5=240. X=220.
There is a shorter way of analysing this question; by measuring the difference between the rural rate and the overall weighted rate.
One urban ratio unit equals 320, while four remaining ratio units have managed to decrease the summed up value by 80 (320-240=80), hence each ratio unit equals 240-(80/4) = 220. To access more content like this please purchase the Complete Package.

Situational Judgement Practice Answers

Answers 1. Not appropriate at all 2. Very appropriate Unsure why those are the answers? Message your personal admissions consultant on Whatsapp now to discuss this answer and what you can learn from this! To understand more about the situational judgement test please purchase the complete package