University of Glasgow is one of the wide range of UK Universities that incorporate UKCAT standardised test as part of their admission process.
Your Glasgow UKCAT score is an important factor to get right – these stats show you why. The University of Glasgow, according to the information taken from applications submitted in 2015, had 1888 students submit their UCAS application to the Medicine course. The university had 228 places available for undergraduates.
This results in the applicants to available placements ratio of 8.3. The makes it slightly less competitive than the National Average, averaging around of 9.95 applications per available placements in 2015. However, it does make it higher than competition at prestigious universities such as University of Cambridge who averaged 5 applicants per placement in 2015.
On the website for 2018/19 admissions, University of Glasgow medicine course presents their guidelines for application process.
Glasgow UKCAT score
For those yet unfamiliar with UKCAT test: this is a standardised test designed specifically for applicants to UK Medical Schools which has become a widely accepted test for medical applications. Some Universities, however, use different testing systems, such as BMAT (Universities of Cambridge and Oxford).
UKCAT test is made of 5 key sub-tests: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract reasoning, Decision Making and SJT – Situational Judgement Test. First four sub-tests are evaluated from 300 to 900 (900 being the highest possible score of one sub-test), while SJT is evaluated in 4 bands (Band 1 being the highest score).
UKCAT score of main 4 sub-tests will most likely carry a more significant weight in the decision process than your SJT score. This is typical of most Universities. The score is evaluated as the sum of all 4 UKCAT sub-tests, ranging between 1200 and 3600) with SJT test having its own separate scoring system. The numerical value of the sum of all individual sub-test scores is called Total Cognitive Scale Score. SJT scores are assigned into Bands based on comparison of the scores with the average score, therefore, most results fall into Band 2 and Band 3, with minority of scores being Band 1 and Band 4.
Important notice: recently, an extra sub-test has been added to UKCAT test in 2018. The sub-test is called Decision Making and it changed the total maximum score of UKCAT test.
National average for the Total Cognitive Scale Score scores used to be around 1900 each year. The scores are normalised to fit the natural distribution (to avoid test scores being very different on year-to-year basis).
However, with the change in 2018 and an increase in total UKCAT score sum, there is lack of information about average UKCAT score. However, from 2018 results: Total Cognitive Mean Score was 2485, defining an arbitrary average for future references.
Average score for SJT test tends to be between Band 2 and Band 3 (34% and 32% respectively). The bands are assigned based on the performance compared to the average of the year. This makes Band 1 (21% top scores) and Band 4 (13% lowest scores) to make up for a smaller fraction of the scores.
What score is considered “good” Glasgow UKCAT score?
In guidelines for 2018/19 admission, the University of Glasgow announced previous years (2017 and earlier) average Glasgow UKCAT score’s of applicants that received offers. The lowest UKCAT score of an applicant invited to interview was 1990 in 2017. The average score to be invited to interview was 2600 in the previous years. However, it was announced this year that for any applications there would be no cut-off score. This means that applications with any score will be considered.
As a general guidance, UKCAT scores above 2660 are thought to be “perfect scores”, while scoring anywhere between 2200-2600 tends to be a typical “good” UKCAT score’s for most Universities in the country.
Different Universities pay different amounts of attention to SJT component of the UKCAT test. For example, the University of Bristol largely ignores it in the application process. University of Glasgow guidelines show similar tendency declaring that SJT test will not be considered in the application.
Also, remember that the main determinant of application success will be Personal Statement and an interview, so do not be discouraged if the test results do not satisfy you.
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