UCAT ANZ 2021: A Section by Section Breakdown

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Decided to apply for medical or dentistry school? Picked your choice of universities and courses? Sent off your application? Now you have to sit the UCAT ANZ. But what exactly is the UCAT ANZ?

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) 2021 is an admissions test used in the selection process for many medical and dentistry schools in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The test is a 2-hour computer-based exam consisting of 5 sections and aimed to test both cognitive and non-cognitive ability.

Five sections of the UCAT ANZ: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement.
A table showing the number of questions and timeframe for each subtest of the UCAT ANZ
Verbal reasoning section of the UCAT ANZ

Verbal Reasoning assesses your ability to critically evaluate and review information presented in a written form.

For every 4-5 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 in this process.

Each 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.

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

Decision making section of the UCAT ANZ.

The Decision Making section assesses your ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information within a short period of time. You will be given a whiteboard and a pen for this subtest to aid the calculating of those sound decisions and judgements.

All the questions will be independent and not related to each other; the problems in Decision Making will test problem-solving ability and can be categorised into the following.

A table showing the question types in decision making section of the UCAT ANZ.

Quantitative reasoning section of the UCAT ANZ.

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This section assesses the ability to critically evaluate the information presented in a numerical form, designed to test your mathematical ability. There will be no complex prerequisite knowledge required, just a basic understanding of percentages, graphs, tables and data interpretation is all you need. However, as there is limited time, you will be required to process data quickly and as accurately as possible, as there are many “traps” to confuse and mislead you.

You will have access to an on-screen calculator; a physical calculator is not allowed.

Abstract reasoning section of the UCAT ANZ.

Abstract Reasoning assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to link the relationships between given information; for each question, there will be pictures of shapes, and the candidate will be expected to find out the pattern or rule. As there are only 14 seconds per question on average, you must think quickly and make educational guesses at times. It is important to realise when you are spending too much time on a question, so you can move onto more straightforward problems.

Situational judgement section of the UCAT ANZ.

This section measures your capacity to understand real-world situations while identifying the critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them. This section is slightly different from the previous question types. A situation will be described, and the question will ask whether a given response is appropriate. The options will be on a spectrum, such as Very Appropriate, Appropriate, Slightly Inappropriate or Very Inappropriate. The “correct” answer is prepared beforehand by taking votes by doctors and healthcare professionals. However, even if the “correct” answer is not chosen, if it is close to it, partial marks will be rewarded.

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Situational Judgement tests whether the candidate understands the basic concepts healthcare professionals use as a basis when making critical decisions in certain situations; concepts like honesty, integrity, confidentiality and other important qualities and duties. It would be helpful to read “Good Medical Practice” by the GMC, as it outlines these points in further detail.

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