UKCAT Abstract Reasoning Test Tips

Many test takers find UKCAT abstract reasoning questions hard to answer. Perhaps it is the pattern difficulty, time limit or simply lack of practice that inhibits candidates to achieve good score. Below we have compiled some tips to help you approach your practice and test assessment. Good luck with your test preparation.



Learn how to search for patterns

UKCAT abstract reasoning tests are fast paced assessments and hence it critical to your success that you can spot the pattern quickly. To figure out quickly how the abstract items relate to each other to form the pattern it is recommended that you get familiar with basic building blocks of these tests. In tutorial on UKCAT abstract reasoning test patterns you can see how simple, intermediate, advanced, unusual and conditional patterns are put together.


Search for simple pattern first

In order to find the relationship between abstract items quickly it is important that you examine simple patterns first. Examining the images with least items would give you the greatest chances of seeing connections as box that includes fewest number of items is likely to have the least number of distractors. That is, if set contains in one of its boxes only black circle you may infer that the pattern is likely to relate to circle or black colour. Hence, examining simple images first will provide you with a vital clue in seeing the connections quickly.


Don’t look always for complexity

At first glance, some questions in UKCAT abstract reasoning tests may look difficult or tricky to work out and thus your confidence in finding the pattern may become low. It is important to keep in mind that at times some shapes or symbols may be built in as distractors. This is just to make the question to look difficult. Hence do not look for complexity in each question.


Know your time limits

UKCAT Abstract reasoning tests may involve questions that consist of complex patterns where number of candidates may spend long time to search for relationships between abstract items only to find out that they are running out of time. Generally, complex images may present with twists and turns which may be arranged in somewhat irregular way. It is important to devote a reasonable amount of time to find the pattern. If you cannot see the pattern within first 30 seconds it may be unlikely that you will see it with more time. Hence move on to complete easier questions for which you can get points.


Make most of your practice

It is important to get familiar with as many challenges as possible so that you are well prepared for your real exam. In order to make the most of your preparation make your practice as similar to real assessment as possible. This may entail to keeping your timings and work against clock. Remember, you must review each question you found difficult at the end of the test and read explanations along with any tips that are provided to improve your test taking strategy.