UK Clinical Aptitude Test for Medicine & Dentistry 2018

International Level Exam

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About the Test

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

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is used in the selection process by a consortium of UK university Medical and Dental Schools. The UKCAT Consortium consists of 26 UK medical and dental schools which require the test to be taken by candidates applying to their medical and dental programmes. The test helps universities make more informed choices from amongst the many highly qualified applicants who apply for their medical and dental programmes. 
There are two versions of UKCAT: the standard UKCAT and the UKCATSEN (Special Educational Needs). The UKCATSEN is a longer version of the UKCAT intended for candidates who require additional time due to a documented medical condition or disability.  The timings and pattern of the two tests are detailed below:
Section Items Standard Test Time Extended Test Time Scoring
Verbal Reasoning 44 items 22 minutes 28 minutes 300-900
Quantitative Reasoning 36 items 23 minutes 29 minutes 300-900
Abstract Reasoning 55 items 14 minutes 18 minutes 300-900
Decision Analysis 28 items 34 minutes 42 minutes 300-900
Situational Judgement Test 71 items 27 minutes 33 minutes Bands 1- Band 4
Total Time   120 minutes 150 minutes  

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.
The UKCAT will assess candidates on the following aspects:
  • Verbal Reasoning - assesses ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form
  • Quantitative Reasoning - assesses ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form
  • Abstract Reasoning - assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information
  • Decision Analysis - assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information
  • Situational Judgement Test - measures capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them
Verbal Reasoning:
The Verbal Reasoning subtest assesses the ability to read and think carefully about information presented in passages and to determine whether specific conclusions can be drawn from information presented.Candidates are not expected to use prior knowledge to answer the questions.
Time Items
22 minutes (one minute for instruction and twenty-one minutes for items) 44 items associated with 11 reading passages

Quantitative Reasoning:
The Quantitative Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to use numerical skills to solve problems. It assumes familiarity with numbers to the standard of a good pass at GCSE. However items are less to do with numerical facility and more to do with problem solving.
Time Items
23 minutes (one minute for instruction and twenty-two minutes for items) 36 items associated with tables, charts, and/or graphs

Abstract Reasoning:
Abstract Reasoning assesses your ability to identify patterns amongst abstract shapes where irrelevant and distracting material may lead to incorrect conclusions. The test therefore measures your ability to change track, critically evaluate and generate hypotheses and requires you to query judgements as you go along.
Time Items
14 minutes (one minute for instruction, thirteen minutes for items) 55 items associated with sets of shapes

Decision Analysis:
The Decision Analysis Test assesses the ability to make decisions in situations of uncertainty. It requires candidates to make informed judgements with information that is incomplete, complex and ambiguous. Using a deciphering scenario, the test requires a move from logical reasoning to decisions requiring increasing degrees of judgement. The associated confidence rating for each item asks you to rate confident you feel about the response you have provide.  It measures your awareness of your own decision making.
Time Items
34 minutes (one minute for instruction and thirty-three minutes for items) 28 items associated with one scenario, each with a related Confidence Rating

Situational Judgement Test
The test measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.
Time Items
27 minutes (one minute for instruction and  twenty-six minutes for items) 71 items associated with 17 scenarios (consisting of between 3 and 6 response options)

The four cognitive sections (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Analysis) are marked on the number of correct answers a candidate gives. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.  How a candidate performs on one item does not influence other items he will be presented with.
Raw scores are therefore converted to scale scores that share a common range from 300 to 900. A total scale score is generated by summing individual scale scores of the four cognitive sections. The total scale score ranges from 1200 to 3600.
Within the Situational Judgement Test, full marks are awarded for an item if your response matches the correct answer and partial marks awarded if your response is close to the correct answer.  Raw scores are then expressed in one of four bands, with band 1 being the highest.  Alongside their band, candidates will be given an interpretation of this performance:
Band 1 Candidates in Band 1 performed exceptionally and well above average, showing similar judgement in most cases to the panel of experts.
Band 2 Candidates in Band 2 performed well and above average, showing appropriate judgement for most questions with many matching model answers.
Band 3 The performance of candidates in Band 3 was lower than average with appropriate judgement shown for some questions but significant differences from ideal responses for others.
Band 4 The performance of candidates in Band 4 was low with judgement differing significantly from ideal responses to questions in many cases.

As the SJT is a measure of non-cognitive attributes, it will be considered by universities in a different manner to the cognitive subtests.
When the candidate leaves the test centre he will be given a copy of your test result. This test result is valid for the 2014 UCAS Admissions cycle (for entry into medical or dental school in 2015 or deferred entry to 2016).  Candidates will have their test result before the UCAS deadline so they should ensure to use this score to help inform your UCAS choices. Additional copies of your UKCAT score report, will be available for a fee of £25 GBP.
PLEASE NOTE: The UKCAT results are only valid for applications to universities in the year in which the test is taken. If the application to medical/dental school is not successful and a candidate wishes to re-apply the following year, he will be required to re-sit the UKCAT

Unversities accepting UKCAT scores:
Listed below are the universities that consider the UKCAT scores for admissions into Medical and Dental programmes.
S.No. University S. No. University
1 University of Aberdeen 14 University of Leeds
2 Brighton and Sussex Medical School 15 University of Leicester
3 Cardiff University 16 University of Manchester
4 University of Dundee 17 University of Newcastle
5 University of Durham 18 University of Nottingham
6 University of East Anglia 19 Plymouth University
7 University of Edinburgh 20 Queen Mary, University of London
8 University of Exeter 21 Queens University Belfast
9 University of Glasgow 22 University of Sheffield
10 Hull York Medical School 23 University of Southampton
11 Imperial College London (Graduate Entry) 24 University of St Andrews
12 Keele University 25 St Georges, University of London
13 Kings College London 26 University of Warwick(Graduate Entry)

Test Centres for UKCAT: Kindly follow the link below to view the complete list of countries which conduct the UKCAT test:

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Test Format

120 Minutes

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 UKCAT test.

Application Fees

The registration fee is payable online at the time of booking by major credit card (Visa, Mastercard or UK Visa debit card). The fee is always charged in GBP (pounds sterling).  If you or your parents do not have access to a Visa, MasterCard credit card or UK Visa debit card to pay for the UKCAT test fee, you can pay by purchasing a Prepaid Visa or MasterCard. You can also check with your local bank for prepaid credit card options.

The following test fees apply:
  • Tests taken in the EU between 2nd July  and 31st August    £65
  • Tests taken in the EU between 1st September  and 2nd October    £87
  • Tests taken outside the EU  £115


Application Process

For registration of the UKCAT test candidates are required to follow the below mentioned process-

You are strongly recommended to register and sit the UKCAT 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 real problems when they fall ill or experience other problems preventing them from taking that testing slot. This can be avoided by booking to take your test early.  We advise that you read the section on extenuating circumstances carefully.
You register for the test by following the 'sign in' link at the top of this page. This takes you to the Pearson VUE website. You will be asked to create an online account. Once you have gone through the steps required to create your web account you will be sent an email containing you password which will allow you to book your test. This email should arrive quickly and at the very latest within one working day. If it has not arrived (and is not in your junk/spam folders) please contact Customer Services.
You need to register for the test personally – this cannot be done by your school/college.
Booking the test date:
After registration, candidates should book a test slot as soon as possible.  Testing begins on 2nd July and closes on 2nd October .  For some of the testing centres however, the UKCAT booking system only allows test slots to be allocated 90 days in advance.  Booking will close on 18th september .

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Deadlines for Applications

Select the academic year of your choice to see the deadlines    
May 1 , 2018
Registration and booking opens For UKCAT
May 1 , 2018
Bursary scheme opens From
July 2 , 2018
UKCAT Testing Begins
September 18 , 2018
Registration and online booking closes
September 18 , 2018
Bursary Deadline
October 1 , 2018
Final booking deadline
October 2 , 2018
Last Testing Date
October 15 , 2018
UCAS Application Deadline
November 4 , 2018 *
Results delivered to universities
* Tentative dates. Actual dates will be updated soon.

Are you prepared enough to crack the exam?


Time required for preparation

3 months / 6 months

Books for preparation

Book Name Author
How to Master the UKCAT 600+ Practice Questions Chris John Tyreman, Mike Bryon, Jim Clay ..
Get into Medical School - 600 UKCAT Practice Questions. Olivier Picard, Laetitia Tighlit, Sami T ..
Score Higher on the UKCAT Brian Holmes, Marianna Parker, Katie Hun ..
Succeeding in the UKCAT Graham Blackman, Riaz Gulab, Matt Green, ..

Preparation Tips

Preparation tips for students appearing for UKCAT:

The UKCAT 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 UKCAT, UKCAT provides two fully timed practice tests  in the following formats:
  • UKCAT (Standard Timing - approx 120 mins)
  • UKCATSEN (Extended Timing - approx 150 mins)
  • UKCAT (Standard untimed)
The Practice Tests include questions for the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Analysis and Situational Judgement subtests.  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 subtest. It is important to understand the time limitations in each section and to develop strategies to approach each subtest with this in mind. 

UKCAT 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.

kindly follow the link below for online UKCAT practice test :

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