What is UKCAT?

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) 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 UKCAT 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 UKCAT result differently. Where some use it as pre-screening criteria, some use it as benchmark for boarder line cases, and some only focus on the candidate’s performance on Situational Judgement. For example, Cardiff University only compare a candidate’s UKCAT with another candidate’s when the two have similar merits in academic results, school references and personal statements. In this case, UKCAT scores decide which one of the two candidates will interview with the University.


In order to decide whether to take the UKCAT or the other similar aptitude test (the BMAT), we recommend you take an assessment of both tests and see which one matches your own personal strengths.

How to score high in UKCAT?

We offer private individual lessons and a group crash-course for UKCAT 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 UKCAT 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.

For more information about our private lessons and crash course, leave us a message here or contact us at (852)2302-6500 or In the meantime, check out our free UCAS Application Guide to begin your journey to a university education in the UK.

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