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An overview about the examination

What is the UCAT (Previously UKCAT)®?

The UCAT is a computer-based test taken at Pearson Vue Centres nationwide between July and October every year. For 2020, the option to take the test online is also available.

The UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test, (previously named UKCAT, UK Clinical Aptitude Test), and is required for entry to a medical/dentistry degree at many UK universities. Even though a name change has taken place, the UCAT is an identical test to the UKCAT.


What is the difference between the UCAT & the UKCAT?

The UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) was the test name used for the UCAT before it was renamed. There are no differences in content, structure or timing between both tests.


Which Universities require the UCAT?

The full list of universities that require UCAT is: Aberdeen, Anglia Ruskin, Aston, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, East Anglia, Edge Hill, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Hull York Medical School, Keele, Kent & Medway Medical School, King’s College London, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Queen Mary- University of London, Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, St. Andrew’s, St. George’s London and Warwick (grad only).

What is the average UCAT score?

The average UCAT score is released by the UCAT Consortium in their annual report, broken down by section of the test. Below are the figures from the 2019 UCAT sitting:

Verbal reasoning: 565
Decision making: 618
Quantitative reasoning: 662
Abstract reasoning: 638
Situational Judgement: N/A

Total scaled score: 2483

How to prepare for the UCAT exam?

The UCAT Consortium offers few practice tests and question banks. If you require more thorough preparation, Kaplan runs a number of classrooms and online UCAT courses starting from £170, all backed by a satisfaction guarantee.


What are the UCAT test dates?

Below are the key testing dates for the 2020 UCAT.

Registration opens: 1st July 2020
Testing begins: 1st August 2020
Registration deadline: To be advised
Bursary application deadline:  30th September 2020
Last test date:  1st October 2020
UCAS application deadline: 15 October 2020
Please note that all dates are subject to change.

How much does the UCAT cost?

£75 for UK & EU test takers
£120 for Non-EU test-takers

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