Medify’s Guide To The UCAT ANZ Verbal Reasoning Section

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Verbal Reasoning assesses your ability to critically evaluate and review information presented in a written form, which is a vital skill to possess as a doctor and dentist. Have you got what it takes to fulfil this required quality?

Within this subtest a 200-300 word passage will be provided for you to read and then answer 4 questions related to that particular sample of text. In total you will be expected to answer 44 questions within 21 minutes making this the most time pressured subtest of them all. The good news is these involve some multiple choice questions with answers such as true/false/can’t tell with some free text writing too. These questions are assessing your ability to think critically by identifying the correct conclusions and proving why.

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For every 4 questions in this section, there will be an article.

You must:


Read the article and understand the information.


ONLY use the information given to answer the questions. You should not use prior knowledge to aid in this process.

The questions may be categorised into the following types:

A table showing the question types in verbal reasoning section of the UCAT ANZ.

The article is typically too long to thoroughly read in the given time. This section requires the candidate’s ability to skim-read, pick up the relevant information, and make no assumptions.

How does this relate to being a doctor or dentist?

Communication skills are at the forefront of being a doctor or dentist as you will have to clearly explain your verbal reasoning for a conclusion of a given diagnosis and verbalise your findings and reasons found from data to other members of your team in order to successfully treat patients.

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Here we have collected the 5 best Verbal Reasoning Revision Tips just for you, to successfully get you through.


Are you prone to overthinking?

Sometimes it is good to just take things on face value; accept them just as they are. To successfully get through this subtest section you will need this ability; there is no place for self-doubt, second guessing or over-analysing here. The good thing about having this perspective within this section is: if you really are struggling to find if the answer is yes or no and you really ‘can’t tell’ what the answer is, then you have got your answer: ‘can’t tell’.


Any good at accepting the past?

You will need to be here, as you really will not have time to recheck your answers or options; just believe in yourself and your ability to choose the correct answer first time and move on; if somehow you have managed to complete the whole sub-test with time left over, that will be the time to recheck any nagging doubts but if you do not, be kind to yourself and move onto the next task. This section is all about trusting your instincts and judgements, our UCAT ANZ 2020 Online Course is great for testing the strength of those instincts and judgements, we provide constructive feedback too so you can productively make the most out of your revision sessions and raising your chances of a final higher score within the real UCAT ANZ.


Do you know the keywords?

Most of the articles will have keywords you can spot, you can scan read the passage of each text picking out all the keywords and the context they are written in. This will help you to get a quicker feel for what the article is discussing, asking or involving.


Do you know the meaning of true/false/can’t tell?

Knowing when to choose between these answers can sometimes be tricky; to overcome this you could set yourself a flexible deciding rule of picking each answer when a question is presented such as:

  • True: If the statement within the question logically relates to the passage. 
  • False: If the statement does not make any logical sense in relation to the given passage.
  • Can’t Tell: If the passage and question lack in information, sense, relation or just do not flow.
A thumbs up (true) picture, a thumbs down (false) picture and a hand with a question mark floating on it (can't tell).

How fast can you go?

Improving your speed reading skills is a great skill to have and develop to maximise your time during this sub-test; averaging the time allowance between the 44 questions means you will have less than 30 seconds for skim reading each passage. Best polish those speed skim reading skills now with a stopwatch by your side.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious right now? Please don’t worry, head over to our UCAT ANZ 2020 Online Course and we’ll get you signed up to guide you through this whole process step-by-step.

We have a bank of over 10,239 questions, a decision-making section and 8 full mock exams and 18 mini-mock exams; we even give you performance feedback too.

We’ve been lending a successful helping hand since 2009. Medify is here to support you, just reach out to us.

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