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, items are less to do with numerical facility and more to do with problem solving.
You are required to solve problems by extracting relevant information from tables and other numerical presentations. For each item, you may be presented with four items that relate to that table, chart or graph. For each item, there are five answer options to choose from. Your task is to choose the best option.
Quantitative Reasoning was my strongest section. It is key to note that QR is one of the topics which the majority of students who do not excel in mathematics struggle with. The graphs and tables can easily throw people, hopefully the tips I used may be able to help.
• Time management is key, with only 41 seconds per question, this is very little time, especially considering you may have numerous graphs to analyse and extract data from.
Practice, practice and practice, the more questions you do the quicker you’ll be. The more questions you struggle on when practicing the less you’ll struggle on in the real UKCAT test.
•The best way to approach the question and not become confused by the vast data presented is to first read the question. Use the knowledge of the question to analyse the data and obtain the answer
• There are a few conversions and equations which may make this section easier. Such as, metres to kilometres, grams to kilograms, seconds to minutes etc. The only useful equation is Speed = Distance ÷ Time
• Unless you’re a mathematical genius you’ll be using the On-Screen Calculator for your calculations. The most efficient way is to familiarise yourself with the number pad on the keyboard than use your mouse wasting precious seconds. The more questions you do with the number pad, the faster you get and the more time you save.
• As you are time restricted, there are many questions you will have to guess. There is also a strategy to use in guessing for this section. If an answer is way too high or too low for the question it can be ruled out. If the answer has the wrong units, or to an additional decimal place it can also be excluded. It is better to make educated guesses than guessing ‘willy-nilly’. A 50% chance of being correct in 5 questions is a lot better than a 20% chance of being correct in 10 questions.