UCAT Decision Making Online Workshop
The UCAT Decision Making Workshop is a specialised UCAT preparation course. The workshop is a two-hour session where UCAT candidates learn to formulate conclusions via the use of deductive reasoning. This workshop specifically prepares candidates for the decision making section of the UCAT exam.
The workshop assists candidates to build capacities in the application of logic to reach particular decisions or draw conclusions, and to evaluate arguments presented along with other data such as statistics and graphical information. Students are taught the principles of deductive reasoning, and the structured use of logic to solve problems. The use of deductive reasoning in decision making is a vital capacity for medical professional. The workshop is therefore high-yield for candidates both for their UCAT, and their future as a clinician.
The workshop is delivered via the METC Institute online classroom by a member of the METC Institute Academic Faculty. Sessions are available in the months of April, May, and June prior to the official UCAT exam. See the Location & Dates tab for more information. Students may also access a recording of their workshop. 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 Decision Making 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 Decision Making Workshop
The UCAT Decision Making Workshop aims to assist students in maximising their UCAT decision making section score via the following:
- Assisting candidates to develop a general understanding of the rationale of the decision making section
- Developing in candidates a fundamental understanding of deductive reasoning and how it can be applied to make decisions
- Providing candidates with a process for the evaluation of arguments
- Providing candidates with processes for interpretation of statistical and graphical information, and using these approaches to draw conclusions
- Assisting candidates to make decisions in uncertain and ambiguous circumstances, and ensuring appropriate justification for such decisions
- Demonstrating to candidates their own belief biases, and how these can lead candidates to erroneous conclusions and answers
- Providing candidates with an efficacious plan of study in the lead up to their examination
About the UCAT Decision Making section
The UCAT Decision Making section of the exam:
- Is completed over 31 minutes
- Requires completion of 29 questions which may include text, charts, tables, graphs, or diagrams
Questions in the decision making section of the UCAT use the following item types:
- Logical puzzles
- Information interpretation
- Recognising assumptions
- Venn diagrams
- Probabilistic reasoning
Timing is a crucial element of the decision making section of the UCAT. In order to improve speed, the Decision Making Workshop focuses on both core reasoning skills and more general time-management techniques.
To find out more information about the UCAT, visit the official site https://www.ucat.edu.au/.