UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Online Workshop
The UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Workshop is a specialised UCAT preparation course. The workshop is a two-hour session where UCAT candidates learn to quickly and accurately use numerical skills to solve problems. The workshop emphasises problem-solving in the context of numeracy rather than focusing simply on mathematics.
The workshop assists candidates to build capacities in identifying the quantitative problem, obtaining the relevant information pertinent to solving the problem, and efficiently using both mental and formal arithmetic to determine the solution accurately yet without excessive time-consumption. The workshop also provides students with insight into the key calculations they will be required to perform in the quantitative reasoning section of the UCAT exam.
The workshop is delivered online by a member of the METC Institute Academic Faculty. Sessions are available 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 Quantitative 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 Quantitative Reasoning Workshop
The UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Workshop aims to assist students in maximising their UCAT quantitative reasoning section score via the following:
- Assisting candidates to develop a general understanding of the rationale of the quantitative reasoning section
- Teaching candidates how to immediately identify the problem in the question
- Providing candidates with skills in the interpretation of the major forms of data presented in the quantitative reasoning section of UCAT including interpretation of tables and graphs, and other figurative representations of multiple variables
- Providing candidates with techniques to perform quick and accurate mental arithmetic
- Providing candidates with specific techniques for the key calculations to be performed in the quantitative reasoning section of the exam
- Demonstrating to candidates methods of quickly scrutinising the validity of their answers
- Providing candidates with an efficacious plan of study in the lead up to their examination
About the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning section
The UCAT Quantitative Reasoning section of the exam:
- Is completed over 24 minutes
- Requires completion of 36 questions which may include text, charts, tables, graphs, or diagrams
- Most questions will be shown as sets of four questions each connected to the same data
Questions in the quantitative reasoning section of the UCAT focus on the following key calculations:
- Percentages: For example, calculating the percentage change (increase/decrease) in cost prices/quantities or writing percentages as decimals/fractions
- Proportionality: Direct proportionality, and inverse proportionality
- Rates: Understanding rates and change in rate based on changes in parameters, especially flow and speed
- Averages: Estimating and finding averages (mean, median, mode) of a number of values via use of tables, charts, and diagrams
Speed and accuracy of calculation are crucial elements of the quantitative reasoning section of the UCAT. In order to improve speed, the Quantitative Reasoning Workshop places heavy emphasis on mental arithmetic that allows accurate and efficient estimation of answers. This is opposed to using longer more formal methods of calculation which can cost the candidate too much time.
To find out more information about the UCAT, visit the official site https://www.ucat.edu.au/.