The Quantitative Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to use numerical skills to solve problems. It assumes familiarity with numbers to the standard of a good pass at GCSE. However questions are less to do with numerical facility and more to do with problem solving.
Why Quantitative Reasoning?
Doctors and dentists are constantly required to review data and apply it to their own practice. On a practical level drug calculations based on patient weight, age and other factors have to be correct. At a more advanced level, clinical research requires an ability to interpret, critique and apply results presented in the form of complex statistics. Universities considering applicants need to know they have the aptitude to cope in these situations.
Quantitative Reasoning Items
You will be presented with 36 questions associated with tables, charts, and/or graphs. You will have 24 minutes to answer the questions in this subtest.
You are required to solve problems by extracting relevant information from tables and other numerical presentations. Most questions will be shown as sets of four questions each connected to the same data. There are some questions that standalone and do not share data. Each question has five answer options. Your task is to choose the best option.
A simple on-screen calculator is available for use in this section. The calculator is integrated into the practice tests and we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with using it. There are slight differences between the way the calculator works in the practice test environment and the live test. More information on the calculator can be found on the Test Experience page.