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uniTEST assesses a student's capacity to reason in a range of familiar and less familiar contexts which do not require subject specific knowledge. It is expected that the wider the range of contexts that a student is able to reason in, the more successful they are likely to be in applying these skills in new contexts and future study.
Reasoning in the domains of mathematics and science is described as quantitative and formal reasoning and includes the application of generally accessible quantitative, scientific and technological information - including numbers, tables, graphs, text and diagrams.
The kinds of reasoning typically elicited in the domains of arts, humanities and the social sciences are described here as verbal and plausible reasoning. This encompasses verbal and visual comprehension, plausible reasoning, holistic judgments about meaning, and socio-cultural understandings (e.g. the interpretation of subjective human constructs).
Critical reasoning addresses general reasoning elicited in both the broad domains and is relevant to a range of courses including scientific, technical, business humanities and social sciences.
This reasoning is assessed by means of a 95 item multiple choice test taken over 150 minutes.