Decision Making

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

Information regarding the UKCAT 2017 taken between July and October 2017 will be updated from May.


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.

From 2017, Decision Making will become a scored subtest and will contribute to candidates overall scores.  




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.