UCAT Abstract Reasoning Online Workshop
The UCAT Abstract Reasoning Workshop is a specialised UCAT preparation course. The workshop is a two-hour session where UCAT candidates learn strategies for determining patterns and drawing conclusions to solve abstract problems.
The workshop assists candidates to build capacities in identifying the implicit rules that govern the arrangement of abstract stimuli. Such stimuli are used in order to isolate and test the candidate’s ability to interpret and correct patterns in a novel context. Doing so will require the candidate to understand the implied governing principles, and then to apply those principles in solving the problem. The process is akin to the pattern recognition and capacity for congruence required in the professional health sciences.
The workshop is delivered via the METC Institute online classroom by a member of the METC Institute Academic Faculty. Sessions are available Online and On Demand. Workshops are designed to be completed in conjunction with official UCAT preparation materials (which includes 3 official full-length online UCAT exams and another 400 official UCAT questions available in a question bank) to facilitate a complete preparation that will confer a distinct advantage to students.
The UCAT Abstract Reasoning Workshop is one of five workshops that students may attend in preparation for the UCAT. The other workshops may be completed in conjunction with this course. Students may also elect to maximise their preparation by completing all five workshops via a formal UCAT preparation program.
Aims of the UCAT Abstract Reasoning Workshop
The UCAT Abstract Reasoning Workshop aims to assist students in maximising their UCAT abstract reasoning section score via the following:
- Assisting candidates to develop a general understanding of the rationale of the abstract reasoning section
- Providing candidates with insight into the four distinct types of questions in the abstract reasoning section, and strategies to solve each of these question types
- Teaching candidates to determine the implicit rules that underpin the figures via consideration of such variables as opposition, reflection, symmetry, position, enclosure, mirroring, adjacency, rotation, shape, shading, equivalence, and ratios
- Assisting students to critically appraise the relevance and reliability of certain stimuli
- Providing candidates with the skills to develop and test hypotheses as well as changing track as new information is provided
- Identifying distracting and irrelevant stimuli, and avoiding incorrect assumptions
- Providing candidates with an efficacious plan of study in the lead up to their examination
About the UCAT Abstract Reasoning section
The UCAT Abstract Reasoning section of the exam:
- Is completed over 13 minutes
- Requires completion of 55 questions which are of four distinct types (see the Course Content tab for more information):
- Type 1 – Related shapes
- Type 2 – Sequential shapes
- Type 3 – Shapes and statements
- Type 4 – Shapes of best fit
Methods for quickly realising implicit patterns are necessary for performing in the abstract reasoning section of the UCAT. In order to improve speed, the Abstract Reasoning Workshop places heavy emphasis on such techniques.
To find out more information about the UCAT, visit the official site https://www.ucat.edu.au/.