About the UCAT® (UKCAT)

What is the UCAT (Previously UKCAT)®?

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. As of 2019, the UCAT replaces UKCAT. Even though a name change has taken place, the UCAT is an identical test to the UKCAT, and the UCAT name change encourages a more global reach. That being said, the UCAT has also launched in Australia and New Zealand under the name UCAT ANZ. Find out more on the Kaplan Medical blog.

The UCAT is a computer-based test taken at Pearson Vue Centres between July and October every year. 

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.

Our UCAT preparation options remain completely relevant and test-like and will continue supporting students to score-higher on test day!

Which Universities require the UCAT?

Aberdeen, Anglia Ruskin, Aston, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Hull York Medical School, Keele, 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).

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What are the entry requirements of Medical Schools?

Use our Med School Matcher, to easily and quickly get an idea of some universities you can apply to based on your subjects and predicted grades!

What is tested on the UCAT (UKCAT)?

The UCAT test consists of 5 sections. The time granted to answer the questions in each section is reflected below, and they include the additional 1 minute of time granted per section to read instructions. 

Section Questions Timing Scoring
Verbal Reasoning 44 22 minutes 300-900
Decision Making 29 32 minutes 300-900
Quantitative Reasoning 36 25 minutes 300-900
Abstract Reasoning 55 14 minutes 300-900
Situational Judgement 69 27 minutes Band 1- 4

What is the average UCAT score?

In their annual report, the UCAT Consortium release average scores, broken down by section of the test. Below are the figures from the 2018 UKCAT (UCAT) sitting:

Verbal reasoning: 567
Decision making: 624
Quantitative reasoning: 658
Abstract reasoning: 637
Situational Judgement: N/A

Total scaled score: 2485

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What is a good UCAT score?

This is a very frequently asked question and one that does not have an exact answer. In general, a score above the national average UCAT score gives students a competitive advantage. However, the average score changes each teasting year, and different medical schools have different criteria.

We've dedicated a separate article that tackles the question of a good UCAT score head on!

When do I sit the UCAT?

Below are the key dates for the 2019 UCAT. Each year the registration and testing periods take place around the same time.

Registration opens: 1st May 2019
Testing begins: 1st July 2019
Registration deadline: 18th September 2019
Bursary application deadline:  18 September 2019
Last test date:  2nd October 2019
UCAS application deadline: 15 October 2019

Download our 2019 -2020 UCAT & BMAT Timeline as part of your UCAT starter kit, including:

Kaplan UCAT Study Guide
UCAT & BMAT key differences fact sheet
UCAT free practice test

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How much does the UCAT cost?

£65 before 31st August 2018
£87 from 1st September 2018 onwards
£115 for Non-EU test-takers

Bursaries are available to cover the cost of the test. See www.ucat.ac.uk for application details.

For further information about the UCAT test and to register* please visit www.ucat.ac.uk.

*We encourage all students to register early for the UCAT, particularly if you would like a Test Date in September. Test Centres can fill up, so book early to avoid having to travel to an alternative test centre.



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Find out what other Kaplan students thought this year...

Lauren B, a Birmingham Classroom Course Student, scored 3020, Band 3

As I was the only student at my school sitting the UCAT, I felt I had little help and was concerned about how I would score. I feel taking part in the Kaplan course helped me massively as it provided me with skills and tips to allow me to succeed in the exam and get a score high enough to apply to the University of my choice. I can now happily say I start my Medicine degree at this University in just over a week - this may not have been possible without my help from Kaplan.

Yue W, a Live Online Course Student, scored 3220, Band 1

I really enjoyed the UCAT prep. It gave me some very useful advice particularly with triaging but the best thing about this course was probably the confidence and reassurance it gave me that it is possible to do well by putting in effort and it's not a game of luck.

Alice S, a London Classroom Course Student, scored 2790, Band 1

Kaplan was fantastic; it gave me the skills to tackle each section in a logical way, but also the teaching and the resources we were given meant that I continued to practice in a productive way. The methods I learnt from Kaplan, and the practice tests, meant I knew exactly what to expect from my UCAT test and how to approach each question. Without Kaplan, I definitely would have not got the score I did.

Sammy G : "You can see the teaching is actually working."

Sammy was referred to us by a current medical student who took a Kaplan course. She found the Kaplan strategies to be a helpful boost to the prep she did in advance.

Rupert V W: “It’s a great way to kick-off my learning in the UCAT (UKCAT).”

Rupert took the UCAT exam last year but didn’t get the high score needed for medical admission. This year he chose to take a Kaplan course based on recommendations, to boost his score.

Arjun M : "I would really recommend it to someone who's deciding to do the UCAT (UKCAT)"

Arjun was struggling with his UCAT (UKCAT) preparation before he learned Kaplan's techniques and strategies as part of his UCAT course. He really enjoyed the course and recommends it to anyone taking the UCAT.

Charlotte P : "Strategies to overcome really difficult questions"

Charlotte was recommended our UCAT (UKCAT) course by a friend. She found the Kaplan teacher's experience and advice invaluable over just studying from a book.

Cherry Jade L : "When I go to sit the UCAT (UKCAT) I'll have the right stategies and know what to do"

Cherry-Jade appreciates the importance of a high UCAT (UKCAT) score as part of a good medical application. She decided to take the Kaplan UCAT course after discovering that many medical students found the test harder than expected, and that the Kaplan course helped them to get a better result.

Ronan L : "What we have been learning in the course is extremely beneficial"

Ronan took the UCATSEN (UKCATSEN) and found it particularly useful that the teacher was able to adapt the course content so that no student was left behind.

Sambhavi Kumar, 2018 UCAT (UKCAT) Student, scored 3220, Band 2

I found Kaplan very helpful and definitely could not have scored as highly as I did without it. The classroom course was really well delivered, engaging throughout and quite motivating as well.

The online resources were also very good for practise and were brilliant for familiarising myself with the test format.

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