University and Careers

UCAT  

Summary

For: Students applying to study dentistry and medicine.
Used by: Aberdeen, Anglia Ruskin, Aston, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, East Anglia, Edge Hill, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Hull, Keele, Kent and Medway, King's College (London), Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Queen Mary (London), Queen's Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, St.Andrews, St.George's (London), Sunderland, Warwick (plus various non UK universities here)
Registration by: Online registration process - registration deadline 28th September 2021. (Registration opens 28th June 2021)
Test Date: (Testing begins 26th July 2021); Test deadline 29th September 2021
Fee: £75 for UK.  £120 for tests taken outside the UK.
Test location: An external test Centre (see below for nearest Centres to KES).
ResultsGiven to candidate on leaving the Test Centre.  Delivered to the Universities early November.

What is the UCAT?

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) will be used in the selection process by a consortium of UK university Medical and Dental Schools. It will ensure that the candidates selected have the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required for new Doctors and Dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. The test has been developed in partnership with Pearson VUE and will be delivered on computer on a worldwide basis through Pearson VUE's high street test centres. 

Who must take the UCAT?

The test must be taken by all applicants applying to study medicine or dentistry, on the listed courses, at the following Medical and Dental School:

University
Course Code
University
Course Code
A100, A105, A201
A100*, A200
Anglia Ruskin UniversityA100 University of ManchesterA104, A106, A204, A206
A100
A100, A101, A206 
University of Birmingham
A100, A101, A200
University of NottinghamA100, A10L, A108, A18L
University of Bristol
A100, A108, A206, A208
Plymouth University A100*, A206*
A100*, A104, A200, A204
100, A101, A110, A120, A200, 
A100, A104, A200, A204
A100, A200*
 A100, A104 
A100, A101, A200
Edge HillA100, A110University of Southampton
A100, A101, A102
A100
A100, A990
A100*
A100
University of Glasgow
A100, A200
A100 
A100, A101
A101
A100*, A104*


A100
 

King's College London
A100, A101, A102, A202, A205, A206


University of Leicester
A100, A199


* Alternative requirements may apply to certain groups of students – please see the university website for details

The structure and content of the UCAT

The test assesses a range of mental abilities identified by university medical and dental schools as important. There is no curriculum content as the test examines innate skills. Each subtest is in a multiple-choice format and is separately timed.

There are two versions of the UCAT: the standard UCAT and the UCATSEN (Special educational Needs) which is intended for candidates who require additional time due to a documented medical condition or disability.

The information below is subject to change. Finalised details of the 2021 test programme will be updated in April 2021 (UCAT website January 2021).

Verbal reasoning – assesses ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written format. (You will be presented with eleven passages of text, each associated with 4 questions. You have 22 minutes to answer the 44 questions in this subtest.)
Decision Making - assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information. (You will be presented with 29 questions that may refer to text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams. Additional information may be presented within the question itself. You will have 32 minutes to answer the questions in this subtest.)
Quantitative reasoning – assesses ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form. (You will be presented with 36 questions associated with tables, charts, and/or graphs. You will have 25 minutes to answer the questions in this subtest.)
Abstract reasoning – assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information. (You will be presented with 55 questions associated with sets of shapes. You will have 14 minutes to answer the questions in this subtest.)
Situation Judgement Test - measures capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them. (You will be presented with 69 questions associated with 22 scenarios (consisting of between 2 and 5 questions). You will have 27 minutes to answer all questions within the subtest.)

The test will be delivered in 2 hours. Each of the sub-tests will be in a multiple-choice format and will be separately timed. 

Registering for the UCAT

Registering to take the UCAT does not constitute an application for admission to any of the participating universities. In addition to registering to take the UCAT candidates will need to submit an application to UCAS in the normal manner. Registering for the UCAT will only be available online, via the UCAT website where you will find a step by step guide to the registration process (make sure that you have your UCAS details and a credit card ready to pay the £75 fee.

There will be no fixed dates for the exam, but candidates wishing to apply for entry to the participating universities in 2022 or intending to apply in 2021, for deferred entry in 2023, will be required to take the UCAT before the 29th September 2021 deadline. Candidates once registered may then choose a date and time to sit the exam from a choice of Pearson Professional Centres. You should use the Test Centre finder to locate the best venue for you to take the test.

On arrival at the test centre candidates must produce one piece of photographic identification to prove their identity (a current signed passport; a current signed photocard driving license (full or provisional); a current government-issued identity card that carries a photograph and signature).  You must also bring a printed or electronic copy of your appointment confirmation email from Pearson VUE.

Preparation to take the UCAT

The test is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than academic achievement, therefore the test does not draw on any particular body of knowledge nor curriculum, which a candidate can learn in advance. However, candidates should practise answering the types of questions that will be presented in the UCAT, to familiarise themselves with the question styles, multiple choice format and varying requirements of each subtest. Candidates should make use of the range of practice questions available on the UCAT website. A recently published text 'Passing the UK Clinical Aptitude Test and BMAT' includes additional practise exercises and other useful material.

You should take the Test Centre Tour and watch this video to see what a UK Pearson VUE test centre looks like and what to expect on arrival.

UCAT Results

You will receive your results at the test centre immediately after completing the test. What do my results mean? The results are forwarded automatically to those universities that require the UCAT. The other intitutions will not receive your results. University, medical and dental admissions tutors will use the UCAT results to complement and augment existing sources of information such as academic results, including A-level predictions, personal statements, biographies and performance at interview to decide which applicants to offer places for their programme of study.

Useful Web Sites

UCAT - home page and preparation video..
Aptitude Tests - an excellent starting point produced by Kent University.
UCAT Information - A free guide to the UCAT test.