UKCAT testing is now closed for 2015. The information below is subject to change. Details of the 2016 test programme will be updated in due course.
The Decision Analysis Test assesses the ability to make decisions in situations of uncertainty. It requires candidates to make informed judgements with information that is incomplete, complex and ambiguous. Using a deciphering scenario, the test requires a move from logical reasoning to decisions requiring increasing degrees of judgement.
The associated confidence rating for each item asks you to rate how confident you feel about the response you have provided. It measures your awareness of your own decision making.
Time：32 minutes (one minute for instruction and thirty-one minutes for items)
Items：28 items associated with one scenario, each with a related Confidence Rating
Unlike the other subtests, in Decision Analysis each item must be answered in order. A warning message will appear if you have not selected both an answer and a confidence rating and you will be prevented from proceeding to the next question.
Why Decision Analysis?
The purpose of this test is to see how well you can make judgements when information is presented in non-standard and perhaps confusing formats. Medical Practitioners have to make sense of medical histories which contain information in different formats and are often incomplete. Information in journals may be presented in unfamiliar formats and you will need to draw conclusions from this.
Why Confidence Ratings?
UKCAT is trialling the use of Confidence Ratings in this subtest. Results will not contribute to your score and will not be communicated to the Universities to which you apply. The ability to self-monitor yourself in the process of learning and decision-making is considered as important as how you reason and make decisions. Proper medical practice often relies on a keen awareness of the information, resources and your own ability. Confidence Ratings have been added to the Decision Analysis test in an attempt to measure the awareness of candidates' capacity and self-monitoring skills.
Decision Analysis Items
You will be presented with one scenario, containing text, tables and other information with 28 items related to that information. Each item may have four or five response options. For some items, more than one option may be correct. In this case, you will be asked to identify all the correct options.
Confidence Rating Items
Following each Decision Analysis item you will be asked to rate how confident you are that the answer you gave was right on a 5-point scale (low confidence to high confidence). A response of 1 would mean that you are not very confident that you answered the corresponding item correctly and a response of 5 would indicate that you are very confident that you answered the corresponding item correctly.
Use your best and honest judgement to indicate your confidence level. The confidence rating is about how your self-reported confidence correlates to the Decision Analysis response. Reporting high confidence on all items does not necessarily translate to good self-monitoring ability.
Changes for 2016
For candidates sitting the test in summer 2016, there will be a change to the test. A new Decision Making subtest will be introduced into the 2016 test. In 2016 candidates and Universities will not get a score for Decision Making – Universities will assess candidates based on the remaining four subtests. Please refer to their websites for further details.