The UKCAT abstract reasoning subtest is a fast moving test with just 14 minutes (or 15 seconds each!) to answer 55 questions. You are not expected to answer every question in the test, (breathe), so make sure you know in advance how many you do need to get right in order to get a good score. In 2013 the average number of correct answers was 36, and with no updates to the test timing in 2014, this is the baseline to beat.
What Type of Question Can I Expect in the UKCAT Abstract Reasoning Test?
The UKCAT abstract reasoning test contains four different question types. These types can be broadly described as place the shape in set A or set B (types 1 and 4), complete the series (type 2), and complete the statement (type 3, or shape analogies).
Candidates taking the test in 2014 have reported that this year there is a good mix of questions, with more questions asking you to complete the series or complete the statement than in the past. Make sure to prepare all types of question in advance.
The different types of abstract reasoning question deserve more detail than can be covered in this blog. Learn more about how to approach type 1 and type 4 questions with our type 1 questions blog. This page contains tips and advice that will help you know where to start on each and every question.
Our blog looking at types 2 and 3 will tell you more about these two styles of questions, along with tips on how to solve them. Between this page and the other page you should have a good starting point for a solving strategy.
What Help Will Practice Be?
With so little time available to answer each question, familiarity with the questions and a technique to recognise patterns is an important contributor to getting a good score. The more you prepare, the quicker and more accurate you will be at recognising patterns, and even identifying more complex rules.
If you prepare properly for the abstract reasoning test it is not difficult, and you can get a good score. However the fast pace of the test does mean that you need to know how to answer quickly and accurately. Learn about the question types and solving strategies for your UKCAT abstract reasoning test with our online practice packs.