What is UCAT?
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an aptitude test used by a consortium of UK medical and dental schools as an integral part of their selection process. This consortium includes top universities like King’s College London, the University of Warwick and the University of St. Andrew’s.
Candidates can take UCAT ONLY ONCE in the admission cycle. There are several test dates available, spanning from July to October. The test takes 120 minutes and consists of five parts: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. The first four parts are scored in points, while the last part is graded in bands, from Band 1 (excellent level of performance) to Band 4.
Different universities use a candidate’s UCAT result differently. Where some use it as pre-screening criteria, some use it as
How is the UCAT used by the UK Medical & Dental schools?
The UCAT consists of five sections and is designed to give information on the candidates' cognitive abilities through four reasoning tests, with a fifth test, the situational judgment test testing attitudes and professional behaviour.
UCAT results help admissions officers identify candidates who possess reasoning and communication skills required to succeed in the rigorous courses applied. Each medical school uses the UCAT score differently:
- Some universities place a great deal of significance on the UCAT score and is a significant factor in their consideration of your application. They either:
- rank candidates by their score, or
- have a minimum cut-off, which must be achieved before progressing to the next round;
A high score on the UCAT will determine if you have an interview at the medical schools and significantly increase your chance of an offer. It is therefore worth spending time familiarizing yourself with the test format, practising with past papers, as well as learning test-taking strategies.
Our intensive course is designed to provide a concise, but thorough guide and training for students who will be taking the UCAT.
Who Should Enroll?
Students applying to the following UK medical school for admission in the 2019 application cycle:
- University of Aberdeen
- Anglia Ruskin University
- University of Birmingham
- University of Bristol
- Cardiff University
- University of Dundee
- Durham University
- University of East Anglia
- Edge Hill University
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Exeter
- University of Glasgow
- Hull York Medical School
- Keele University
- Kent and Medway Medical School
- King's College London
- University of Leicester University of Liverpool
- University of Manchester
- Newcastle University
- University of Nottingham
- Plymouth University
- Queen Mary University of London
- Queen's University Belfast
- University of Sheffield
- University of Southampton
- University of St Andrews
- St George's University of London
- University of Sunderland
- University of Warwick
UCAT or BMAT?
Most medical schools require either UCAT or another aptitude test, BMAT. If you are uncertain whether to take UCAT or BMAT, explore which schools you are most interested in first.
We also recommend that you take an assessment of both tests and see which one matches your strong suit. Contact us and we will send you mock tests for a taste of both.
How to score high in UCAT?
We offer private individual lessons and a group crash-course for UCAT candidates in the summer. While the crash course goes over techniques for all the parts comprehensively, individual lessons are tailored to your specific needs, targeting particular areas of weakness. Both the crash course and private lessons are led by UCAT instructors with a wealth of experience in preparing students for the test. All instructors are Oxbridge graduates, who have taken the test themselves and/or been educated in top UK medical schools.
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