Tips for UKCAT Abstract Reasoning


August 13, 2012 by Emedica

Abstract Reasoning Hints and Tips

Anna Greathead

Pick the simplest looking square to start with

Those panels of six squares each can seem really daunting. It is rare that the rule is immediately obvious but it will exist in every square so picking the one with the least shapes might make finding it easier.

Eliminate the obvious

Easier said than done but count shapes, then sides or corners of shapes, check for curved vs straight lines, symmetry, right angles…. Sometimes it becomes clear!

Look out for distracters

Lots of Abstract Reasoning questions contain totally superfluous shapes which are there to do nothing but confuse you! They’re often hard to spot unless you know the rule but being aware that not everything in every shape is necessarily important might help you.

Take a Guess

If you really can’t see any pattern after a minute or so then it’s worth taking a guess. Often you can look at the new shape and take a reasonable guess as to which set it looks more like.


Anna Greathead is part of the E-learning team at We have over 100 free UKCAT questions for you to try. We also have over 1700 UKCAT questions with the same screen layout as the real thing.

2 thoughts on “Tips for UKCAT Abstract Reasoning

  1. bisoye says:

    please i need some abstract reasoning question,plenty

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