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 UCAT  (University Clinical Aptitude Test) Online Preparation Course 

How Competitive Is Applying To Medicine?

Lots of people apply to study medicine every year — but only about 9.5% are successful. It’s very competitive. However, we have all the information you need to put together a winning application.

 200720082009201020112012201320142015
Applications83,50579,80181,80093,23596,45593,94595,04597,56087,535
Acceptances9,0659,2609,2359,2459,0659,0808,7658,9158,965

Medicine in the UK (MBBS)  is  5 Years of study

UKCAT Test Results :

In year 2019 A Total of 29,375 candidates appeared for UCAT

UKCAT  Average score = 2480

VR : 570 , QR: 620 , AR : 660, DM : 640, SJ : Band 2

Note: 90th Percentile score is 2800 and above.


UCAT 2020 Update

Updated statement 1 June 2020 

Thank you for your patience while we investigated alternative arrangements for delivering the UCAT in 2020. We appreciate this is a difficult time for many of you and that you have been looking for certainty regarding our arrangements. The UCAT is an important  criterion used in selection to medicine and dentistry by our Consortium Universities. We have been working closely with those Consortium Universities and our business partner, Pearson VUE, to arrive at a solution for 2020 that allows testing to proceed without putting our candidates at risk.

We are pleased to announce that in 2020 you will have the choice to sit the UCAT, either at home using Pearson VUE’s online proctoring service (OnVUE) or (as in the past) at a Pearson VUE Test Centre.

It is likely that test centre availability will continue to be limited internationally; some test centres remain closed and where they can be opened, social distancing requirements are being put in place. Our dual delivery approach ensures that all UK and international candidates will have the opportunity to take the UCAT.

We aim to open UCAT registration and booking on 1 July.  2020 testing will take place between 3 August and 1 October ahead of the UCAS application deadline of 15 October 2020 (please note these dates are subject to change).  Given uncertainty regarding the ongoing impact of COVID 19 in the UK and internationally we would advise candidates to test as early as possible.

Whilst our delivery model has changed, UCAT test content remains the same. There will be no difference in content between a test sat at home (we call this UCAT Online) and one taken in a test centre.

Online proctored tests are increasing in use globally as advances are made in the way in which online exams can be monitored and delivered securely. The UCAT Consortium is committed to protecting the integrity of the test, regardless of how it is delivered. UCAT Online uses artificial intelligence combined with live monitoring, to safeguard the security of the test.

What is the UCAT?

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is committed to achieving greater fairness in selection to medicine and dentistry and to the widening participation in medical and dental training of under-represented social groups.

What to do on the Day of UCAT Test?

Candidates who take our test early do better!  Getting it out of the way will allow you to concentrate on other things (such as your UCAS application!).  If you book early you will have your choice of test slots and if you then feel unwell or unprepared you can reschedule your ukcat test.  This might not be easy in the final weeks of testing.

If you are not well, reschedule your test to a later date – even if you lose your test fee. In presenting yourself for testing, you are declaring yourself fit.  We will not consider health issues as extenuating circumstances.

Make sure you are given a laminated booklet and pen before the test starts.

Ask for earplugs and/or headphones if you think you may find other candidates arriving/leaving disturbing.

How to Master UKCAT test: 

Good multiple-choice questions include answer options that are wrong but almost right.  Work hard to find them and eliminate them.  Questions like these are not tricks.  Accept that one (and only one) of the answers to each question is correct.  All the questions have been thoroughly checked.

Many candidates do not complete all sections in the test.  Use the practice test to ensure you know how to pace yourself.  Try to answer all the questions but don’t worry if you don’t get to the end of each section.

There is a point for each right answer, but no points are deducted for wrong answers – we do not use negative marking.  Try not to leave blanks.  If you really can’t work out the answer, it is better to eliminate the answers that you know to be wrong and then make your best guess from those that are left.

If you are struggling with a question we would advise you to make your best guess and move on.  You can flag it for review if you want to come back to it later.

Finally, stay calm in the test. Prepare, pace yourself and move on if you’re struggling.  It is inevitable you will find some questions and sections easier than others.

UKCAT Results

If you have have sent us your course choices using the Contact Form you should have received a confirmation from Customer Services that your data has been entered on to your account.  Please be assured that your results will be delivered to your chosen universities in the first week of November.

How do Universities receive my results?

Once you have submitted your UCAS application you need to tell us your 10-digit UCAS Personal Identification Number (PID) and both the University name and UCAS course code (e.g. A100) of all your choices that require the UKCAT.  We will use this information to help deliver your results to your chosen Universities.

We will email you in mid-September asking you to provide this information.  Please ensure you have your log-in details to your Pearson VUE UKCAT account as you will need these to complete the process.

After this date, when you next log into your Pearson Vue UKCAT account, you will see a new section relating to your UCAS application and choices.  This section will ask for your UCAS PID and university choices.  It is mandatory that you complete this section as we need this information to deliver your UKCAT result to your chosen universities.

Even if you have decided not to apply to medicine or dentistry this year, or have decided to apply to non-UKCAT universities, please log-in and tell us this so that we know we do not need to communicate your result.

If you have not yet completed your UCAS application, please wait until you have done this before logging back in and completing this section.