Decision Analysis

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The DA component of the UKCAT “assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information”. The user is presented with a table of codes, such as the one shown below, before being presented with a number of questions.

QUESTION FORMAT

Operators Basic Codes
001 Increase A Man
002 Decrease B Purchase
003 Opposite C Vehicle
004 Pleural D Invent
005 Future E Enjoy

You will be asked 28 questions, based on the data within the table. The idea of the test, unlike the others, is that you will not necessarily have all the information available, but instead must make a sensible decision about the most likely answer. Questions tend to take one of three forms:

Code to English

You are presented with a code, and must decipher its English meaning. In some questions, there is more than one correct answer.

For Example:
Select the answer which best translates the following code:
004(A), 003(E), C, B
The men did not enjoy the car they had bought.

English to Code

You will be given a sentence in English, and must select the most appropriate code to represent it.

For Example:
Select the answer which best translates the following sentence:
This vehicle was invented in the past.
C, D, 003(005)

New Words

This is a much less frequent question type. You will be given a sentence in English, and must select a new word to add to the code table, which will allow you to create this sentence.

For Example:
Which code should be added to the table to convey the following message:
Women enjoy fast cars
Speed

Most people find that the decision analysis test above all others is easier if you write things down, translating codes as you go to make things easier. Get used to practicing under test conditions, and you should gradually improve!

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