Decision Making

The information below relates to the 2016 UKCAT and the 2017 UKCAT (Humanitas University).


In 2016 UKCAT is piloting a new subtest of Decision Making which replaces Decision Analysis.  The new Decision Making subtest tests your ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information.

You are required to take this subtest as part of the UKCAT.  However your performance in this subtest will not contribute to your final score, will not be communicated to your chosen medical and dental schools and will not be taken into consideration by universities during their admission processes.

The UKCAT Consortium Universities encourage candidates to take this subtest seriously even though it does not contribute to their UKCAT result.  In doing so candidates will be assisting in the development and validation of a significant new aspect of the UKCAT, helping us improve selection processes for future medical and dental students.



32 minutes (1 minute for instruction and 31 minutes for items)

29 items associated with text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams.


Why Decision Making?

Doctors and dentists are often required to make decisions in situations that may be complex.  This requires high-level problem solving skills and the ability to assess and manage risk and deal with uncertainty.

Decision Making Items

You will be presented with items that may refer to text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams. Additional information may be presented within the question itself.

All questions are standalone and do not share data. Some questions will have four answer options but only one correct answer; others will require you to respond to five statements by placing a 'yes' or 'no' answer next to each statement.

A simple on-screen calculator is available for use in this section.  You may also need to use your booklet and pen.