Scientific Thinking

Course Overview

Along with academic literacy, Scientific Thinking is one of the two components of the HUMAT test. It evaluates the applicants’ procedural, mathematical, and visual thinking abilities.

Total number of questions: 30

Live streaming hours: 10h


1. Procedural thinking

  • Choose the most effective concept map to summarize a text
  • Apply the concept of collecting elements from different sets
  • Follow a procedure/protocol/algorithm correctly (for example by using a flow chart)
  • Select relevant data
  • Predict the outcome of a perturbation in an interconnected system
  • Compare a set of data with a scientific theory that can be confirmed or disproved by data

2. Mathematical thinking

  • Predict changes in variables in simple formulae
  • Use formulae by substituting values and calculating the result
  • Solve problems with symbols in place of variables, including simultaneous equations
  • Interpret graphs given an example
  • Put numbers in the correct order, including decimals and negative numbers
  • Work with orders of magnitudes and conversions

3. Visual thinking

  • Recognize mirror images
  • Demonstrate three-dimensional thinking ability
  • Demonstrate careful observations, including localizing objects in relation to other objects
  • Describe a picture or a set of elements
  • Find complementary shapes
  • Identify different visual patterns, including based on a description or an example

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