Yes this is another thread about AR and the marking and for that I apologise, but this is my first post so you all have to humour me . Last year I sat the UKCAT. I got 680 VR, 640 NR, 600 DA and 580 AR. I'm not one of those blessed with the knack for AR so I just went with what 'felt' right for each answer and to be honest I was quite pleased with my score in that section. Today I sat UKCAT again, was really pleased with 3 areas - 700 VR, 680 QR and 680 DA. In the AR section this year I scored a miserable 470, despite using EXACTLY the same approach for identifying the likely correct answers as last time round. I'm no statistician but surely with a subset of over 60 multiple choice questions there should be enough scope for someone using the same technique two years running to post two very similar scores. It appears to me that this section of the exam is a random and arcane lottery. After all this exam is supposed to be one you cannot revise for, one that is supposed to test one's innate abilities in a particular area. If it is possible to achieve such different scores in the space of a year (unless my brain has got worse at recognising shapes and patterns) then surely is the test not flawed? The same is true of the other sections although I would argue that my improvement in general has been relatively slight on the whole and it is possible that I could have adapted my approaches to these, whereas I know I haven't adapted my approach to the AR as I never had any other than a 'best guess' method. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rant over, for anyone yet to take the test some tips for what they're worth: - I am a pretty hopeless mathematician and am really pleased with 680 for QR. I answered only 1/3 of the questions and guessed the rest, completely skipping the ones which looked too complex and focusing on ones such as pie charts etc with the minimum amount of information on the screen to have to process. - Write down the literal (English) translations for the Decision Analysis before you attempt to solve them, it makes it so much easier and it is something I didn't do last year. - Ask to be put in a single room! I wasn’t last year and the sounds of 9 other mice clicking away at their driving theory test hazard perceptions etc was really off-putting. This year I asked on the off-chance and they were more than happy to oblige. I even got the feeling that the staff (at least in the Oxford Pearson Vue centre) seem to want to oblige UKCAT candidates more than anyone else! Maybe we're a bit of a novelty. Hope some or all of this helps and I'd be interested to find out what you think about the abstract reasoning.