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UCAT Basics and Top Tips

UCAT basics


The UCAT, formerly known as the UKCAT is an ‘entrance examination’ to medical school, dental school and veterinary medicine and is the most commonly used examination in the United Kingdom for these mentioned courses.

Medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine courses use your score from this examination to decide who to interview or to whom they should give their places.

With this in mind, here are some basic facts and then, some hints and tips for approaching your UCAT exam


1. The UCAT has five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitive Reasoning, Decision Making, Abtract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. The first four of these sections are scored out of 900. The latter section is given a ‘band’ based on how everyone else did on the test

2. You can book your UCAT from 1st July. The last testing date is 1st October

3. The Universities will receive your score automatically. The deadline to apply to medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine is 15th October

4. The average score for the first four sections of the the UCAT is around 620. The most common band to fall into for the Situational Judgement section is Band 2 (the second highest out of four bands)

5. You typically sit the UCAT in a test centre at a computer. You are given an on screen calculator (difficult to use! – check out our page on approaching the quantitive reasoning section for more on this!). You are also allowed a physical whiteboard for working out.

6. In 2020, due to the pandemic, UCAT will allow candidates to sit the exam in their own home. They are allowed a whiteboard for working