The University Clinical Aptitude Test (previously known as UKCAT), is a two-hour computer-based aptitude test used by medical schools for shortlisting students for admissions to medical/dentistry undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The test attempts to assess a range of mental abilities and behavioural attributes of the student. UCAT registration usually begins in June and the test is delivered on multiple dates from July to September every year. Test results are made available to the university in early November. It is important to note that alongside UCAT scores, universities will also consider other factors like your academic profile, personal statement and interview performance. The weightage attached to UCAT score varies for each med school.
What is the format of UCAT?
The computer-based test consists of five sections scored between 300 and 900 points each. The sections of the UCAT exam are to be attempted in the sequence presented:
- Verbal Reasoning (44 questions; 21 minutes + 1 minute of reading)
- Decision Making (29 questions; 31 minutes + 1 minute of reading)
- Quantitative Reasoning (36 questions; 24 minutes + 1 minute of reading)
- Abstract Reasoning (55 questions; 13 minutes + 1 minute of reading)
- Situational Judgement (69 questions; 26 minutes + 1 minute of reading)
All questions are multiple choice and there is no negative marking for wrong answers. Questions are designed to check skills that doctors need – integrity, teamwork, problem solving, communication, spatial awareness and empathy.
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The UCAT is scored out of 3,600. Your
performance on 4 sections - verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative
reasoning and abstract reasoning - is scaled to a score between 300
and 900 and then added together, to get an overall UCAT score.
judgement scores are given in bands 1 to 4.
There are 30 med schools in the UK, 15 in Australia and New
Zealand that require UCAT scores for admission.
You can take the UCAT only once a year and the UCAT scores stay valid for one year.
The registration fee for UCAT is £120 and has to be
paid through credit card.
Yes, the UCAT is delivered in Pearson VUE test
centres in India.
above 650 in each subtest is considered a good UCAT score and a score of over 680 will allow you to
make a competitive application to any medical school.
average UCAT score is between 620 to 630 and a low UCAT score is below 600. You
can still apply to med schools with a score below 600 but you will have to be
strategic about where you apply.
school has its own criteria for selecting students.
can be shortlisted based on cut-offs, ranking or overall profile evaluation.
You will receive a copy of
your UCAT score report before you leave the Pearson
VUE test centre. The UCAT score report can also be availed online via your
Pearson VUE account after 24 hours.