UCAT (UKCAT): UCAT Test Preparation, Syllabus, Exam Dates

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What is University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

UCAT or the Universal Clinical Aptitude Test is an aptitude test for medical students to test their innate skills before they jump into clinical practice. It is a necessary requirement for admission to a plethora of medical and dental courses. UCAT partnered universities in the UK require undergraduate and postgraduate medical students to take this 2-hour computer-based aptitude test to shortlist the best candidates for their university.

Name of the Test Universal Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT/UCAT)
Frequency Once
Type of Exam Computer-Based
Duration 2 Hours
Sections Verbal Reasoning 
Decision Making 
Quantitative Reasoning 
Abstract Reasoning 
Situational Judgement 
Scoring 1200- 3600
Fees £120 (INR 11,968)
Accepted by Accepted in countries like UK, New Zealand and Australia across 46 universities
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Criteria for Testing in UCAT 

UCAT does not have a particular curriculum with subjects that you are supposed to study for the test. It is an aptitude test to know the behavioural, practical, logical and problem-solving skills which are needed once you start your medical practice. Below given are the criteria that are tested along with the examination details:

Criteria  Questions  Approximate time taken (minutes)
Verbal Reasoning  44 22
Decision Making  29 32
Quantitative Reasoning  36 25
Abstract Reasoning  55 14
Situational Judgement  69 27

The entire exam is computer-based and in the MCQ format. Let’s know what each criteria means and demands from the candidate. 

  • Verbal Reasoning– Passages are given which you have to carefully read and think about. You are expected to draw conclusions and answer the questions and no prior knowledge is required for this section.
  • Decision Making– This section tests how good you are at making conclusions from logical puzzles, statistics, Venn diagrams, etc.  
  • Quantitative Reasoning- Ratios, percentages and other numerical skills are tested in this section for which you are allowed to use a basic calculator. 
  • Abstract Reasoning– One of the difficult criteria for testing, abstract reasoning comes with questions related to different sets of shapes. You can create or follow a pattern, evaluate critically and give answers. 
  • Situational Judgement– All you have to do is read the real-world situation and make a judgement. 

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UKCAT Score Range

The UKCAT score range is from 1200 to 3600 and marks division is as follows:

Criteria  Marks 
Verbal Reasoning  300-900
Decision Making  300-900
Quantitative Reasoning  300-900
Abstract Reasoning  300-900
Situational Judgement  Band 1 to 4

The average UKCAT score in 2020 was 2511. The results will be available to you within 24 hours of you giving the UCAT test.

Key Dates for UCAT 

If you wish to become a doctor in the UK from the UCAT partnered universities then you will have to first look at the exam dates so that you can get the results before you start applying to study in UK. The key dates for testing in 2022 will be published in December 2021 but have a look at the 2021 test dates to have a better understanding:-

UCAT Important Dates  Particulars
2nd June 2021  Registrations open 
28th June 2021  Test bookings open
26th July 2021  Testing begins 
22nd September 2021  Registration last date 
28th September 2021  Last date to book test
29th September 2021 Last date to give the test

The UCAT test has to be booked within a limited time so for a particular date and time. UCAT will allot you exam centres according to your country. 

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UCAT Universities in the UK

Here’s the list of universities in the UK that accept the UCAT exam for the medical courses:-

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Eligibility Requirements for UCAT

If you want to give the UKCAT exam, you have to fulfil the following eligibility requirements:- 

  • Minimum 10+2 years of education or undergraduate degree
  • Eligible for a medical course in the universities of UK

Applying for UCAT comes with minimum academic eligibility requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students.

Application Process for UCAT

Here’s your step-by-step guide that will help you prepare and give your UCAT exam easily:-

  • Register with the Pearson VUE online from the registration date and book your UCAT test. 
  • You should start preparing for your UCAT test 4 to 6 weeks before the test. 
  • You can book your test according to the date, time-slots and test centres available. 
  • Report at least 15 minutes before the exam time to the test centre with the correct identification. 
  • Make sure you are following all the Covid-19 regulations before you give your test. 
  • Read the candidate testing rules very carefully before you start on your test.  
  • Ensure that you book the test within the deadline to avoid wasting an entire year. 
  • Your UKCAT scores will be available to you within the next 24 hours. 
  • Once you have applied for the UCAT approved universities in the UK through UCAS, Pearson VUE will send your scores directly to the respective university. 

It is most important here to know the deadlines and plan your study accordingly. 

Cost of UKCAT 

For students wanting to give the UCAT test from outside of Europe, the examination fee is GBP 120 or INR 11,968. Bursaries for the UKCAT test are only available for UK candidates.

Result

UKCAT Results are available to students on the same day of the exam and within 24 hours on their account via email. This allows students to speed up the application process and shortlist the universities that they are eligible for based on their given scores.

UKCAT Practice Papers

UCAT provides free resources and test preparation tests for students to study for the exam to get into some of the best universities for medical sciences in UK. Here is the link for practice tests and free resources for preparation tips and tricks:

UCAT in Australia and New Zealand

In 2019, UCAT replaced UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Test) in the countries of Australia and New Zealand. The format, testing criteria, scoring, eligibility and application process are all the same. Here’s the list of UCAT approved universities in Australia and New Zealand that consider UCAT scores:-

Australia  New Zealand 
Central Queensland University
Charles Sturt University
Curtin University
Flinders University
Griffith University
La Trobe University
Monash University
University of Adelaide
University of Newcastle / University of New England
University of New South Wales
University of Queensland
University of Tasmania
University of Western Australia
Western Sydney University
University of Auckland
University of Otago

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FAQs

How many times a year is UCAT held?

UCAT testing opens only once a year, mostly in June.

Do I need UCAT for all medical universities in the UK?

No, is UCAT applicable depends on whether the university is a UCAT approved university or not.

What is the UCAT examination fee for Indians?

The UCAT examination fee for Indians is GBP 120 or INR 11,968.

What is the alternative to UCAT in the UK?

GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admission Test) or BMAT (Biomedical Admission Test) are two alternatives of UCAT in the UK.

In which countries is the UCAT exam applicable?

UCAT is applicable in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

When was UCAT introduced in ANZ (Australia and New Zealand)?

UCAT was introduced in 2019 in ANZ and replaced the UMAT exam.

What are the five criteria of testing is UCAT?

Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Situational Judgement are the five criteria of testing in UCAT.

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UCAT is a widely accepted aptitude test for most popular medical universities in the UK. Want assistance with the UCAT test as well as the application process to study MBBS in the UK? Call Leverage Edu experts on 1800-572-000 now and book your first counselling session for free!

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