About UCAT University Clinical Aptitude Test

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by a consortium of UK Universities for their medical and dental degree programmes. The UCAT helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers.  It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as the UCAS application and academic qualifications. It is also your opportunity to stand out from other applicants and demonstrate your aptitude for a demanding programme of study. The UCAT is a computer-based test delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout the UK and internationally.

UCAT Test Format
The UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test which assess a range of mental abilities identified by university medical and dental schools as important.  It consists of five separately timed subtests which each contain a number of questions in a multiple-choice format.  Once started the test cannot be paused for a break but before each subtest there is a timed instruction section.  
Candidates either sit the standard UCAT or one of the extended versions of the test if they are entitled to extra time due to a documented medical condition or disability.  Please see the information on Access Arrangements for how to apply for approval to sit an extended version of the test.

UCAT Subtests




Verbal Reasoning
Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.


1 minute instruction section

21 minutes test time

1 minute 15 second instruction section

26 minutes 15 seconds test time

Decision Making
Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.


1 minute instruction section

minutes test time

1 minute 15 second instruction section

38 minutes 45 seconds test time

Quantitative Reasoning
Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.


1 minute instruction section

24 minutes test time

1 minute 15 second instruction section

30 minutes test time

Abstract Reasoning
Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.


1 minute instruction section

13 minutes test time

1 minute 15 second instruction section

16 minutes 15 seconds test time

Situational Judgement
Measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.


1 minute instruction section

26 minutes test time

1 minute 15 second instruction section

32 minutes 30 seconds test time

 Please see the information on Access Arrangements for timings in the other versions of the test.

UCAT Universities
The UCAT is a compulsory entry requirement for our UK Consortium Universities and our non-UK Associate Member Universities.  You are required to sit the test by 5 October if you are intending to apply for entry to a relevant course listed below.  UCAT results cannot be carried over from one year to the next. 
You should always check the specific entry requirements for each course before booking a test.  Some universities may have different requirements for overseas or graduate applicants.
There are no general exemptions from the test.  Candidates who believe they may be unable to sit the UCAT in should see the information on Mitigating Circumstances.
You may only take the test once in any test cycle.  Any instances of multiple testing in the same year will be treated as an example of unprofessional behaviour

Study Level
Under Graduate
Mode of Test
Conducting Authority
UCAT Consortium in partnership with Pearson VUE

Test Format

120 Min

Duration of Test


Frequency per year

0 - 3600

Score Range

1 Year

Test Score Validity


Candidates studying in the year 12 and aspiring to pursue medical and dental programmes are eligible to appear for UCAT test.


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Application Process

UCAT testing takes place between 1 July and 2 October.  You must complete a two-step process using the Pearson VUE online registration system to register and then book a test.
Candidates in financial need may apply for a bursary to cover the full test fee.
You are strongly recommended to register and sit your test at your earliest convenience to ensure places are available at a local centre.  Each year there are candidates who book a late test and encounter problems when they fall ill or experience other issues preventing them from taking that testing slot. This can be avoided by booking to take the test early.  We advise that candidates read the section on Mitigating Circumstances carefully.

Step 1: Online Account Registration

Registration opens: 4 May
Registration closes: 22 September at 5 pm

You must create an online account with Pearson VUE before you can book your test.  You need to register for your test personally – this cannot be done by a school/college.  You should only create one account as multiple accounts are not permitted.  

You must register with your legal name exactly as it appears on the photo identification you will present at the test centre.  If there is not an exact match, you will not be able to take your test and you will not be reimbursed for any fees paid.  You should ensure you register with the same name on your UCAS account so your results can be matched to your application.

When you create an account you will need to provide the information requested in this questionnaire which also explains why the data is collected.  You may need to ask your parent(s)/carer(s) for assistance in answering the questions. 

Step 2: Booking a Test

Booking opens: 4 May
Online booking closes: 22 September at 5 pm
Final booking deadline: 5 October at midday

When the registration process is complete you will be sent an email containing a password which will allow you to log-in to your Pearson VUE account to book your test.  The test fee is payable at the time of booking by major credit card (Visa, Mastercard or UK Visa debit card) or UCAT bursary voucher.  You can make an online booking until 5pm on 22 September.  We would expect all candidates to have booked their test by this date.   

You should book a standard test unless you are eligible for extra time in public exams.  Please see the section on Access Arrangements for more information.  It is your responsibility to book the correct test. 

After online booking closes you must phone Pearson VUE Customer Services (+44 (0)161 855 7409) to book a test.  Although you can do this up to midday on 1 October, the availability of test slots will be extremely limited in these last two weeks of testing.  Customer Services may not be able to find you a convenient appointment and you may have to travel some distance to an available test centre.  We therefore do not advise that you wait until this time to book a test. You cannot book a test by email.

If you need to change your appointment please see our information on rescheduling and cancelling.


Required Time: 3 months / 6 months

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Preparation Tips

Preparation tips for students appearing for UCAT:

The UCAT is a test of aptitude rather than academic achievement. It does not draw on any particular body of knowledge that candidates can learn in advance.
To help you prepare for the UCAT, UCAT provides two fully timed practice tests  in the following formats:
The Practice Tests include questions for the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Analysis and Situational Judgement sub tests.  The timings are the same as the full test. 
At the end of the Practice Test, the final answer review screen will show your correct and incorrect answers along with a rationale explaining the correct answer. This screen will allow you to link back to questions to see what answers you have given.
How to prepare:
Candidates should familiarise themselves with the requirements and question styles in each sub test. It is important to understand the time limitations in each section and to develop strategies to approach each subtest with this in mind. 

UCAT provides candidates with two fully timed tests which mimic closely the testing experience, allowing them to familiarise with the onscreen test format, learn how to move around the screen and through the test and to use the calculator provided. Test items are of an equivalent standard which the candidate will encounter in the test and include new sections and item types. Candidates may review their responses against answer rationales.

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