The United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is a 2-hour computer-based exam.
It is which is taken by applicants to certain medical and dental schools in the UK. The test was first introduced in 2006 and is used to help medical schools differentiate between the high number of applications they receive. This means it is important to score well and taking the test at the right time can be a big part of that!
All 5 sections of the UKCAT are multiple choice format.
They cover the topics; verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement. Different applicants will find different sections of this test challenging, with the abstract reasoning section being particularly unfamiliar to most students.
The use and interpretation of the ukcat varies from university to university , but the average test results are scaled between 300 and 900. An average score is 600, with below 500 being poor and over 700 being exceptional. For more information on which universities require applicants to take the ukcat and how they interpret it, visit our website and chat to one of our expert admissions consultants.
You will receive your results when you leave the test centre.
You can request additional copies of your ukcat score report for a £25 fee. Your results are only valid for the 2018 admissions cycle. After the UCAS deadline has passed, your results will be automatically passed on to the relevant universities. You will have the test results before the deadline (15 October 2018) so you can make your university choices based on how well you did. The BMAT (the other medical aptitude test) is sat after the UCAS deadline, so students who score poorly in the ukcat may wish to apply exclusively to BMAT universities.
However, the BMAT is also a very challenging test and it is important to score as highly as possible in the UKCAT in your only opportunity in the application cycle.
Here at UniAdmissions, we are experts in preparing applicants to assemble the best possible medical school application and this includes a stellar performance in the UKCAT.
All of our tutors are Oxford and Cambridge undergraduates and graduates, who scored in the top 10% nationally when they took the ukcat. Furthermore, we offer services to help students perfect their personal statement, fine-tune their application and prepare extensively for those all-important interviews. This includes working with tutors who are specialist in each aspect of the process, including 4 x 1-hour mock interviews with senior tutors who deliver realistic interviews, followed up by full written and verbal feedback. We supplement this tailored, expert 1-on-1 tuition with a series of resources, such as our ‘Ultimate ukcat Guide’ with 1250 practice questions, providing you with content to work through at your own pace alongside your tutorials.