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UKCAT explained

UKCAT examThe UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is used in the selection process by the majority of UK university medical and dental schools.

What’s the UKCAT for?

The UKCAT ensures that the candidates who apply to universities have the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. It doesn't test specific medical or scientific knowledge - it's about testing your thinking skills and judgement.

Sections of the UKCAT

The UKCAT is designed to test aptitude rather than academic achievement.
The test assesses a wide range of mental abilities. There are five sub-tests:

Preparing for the UKCAT

The UKCAT does not contain any curriculum or science content and cannot be revised for, although you should prepare thoroughly. It focuses on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates and other attributes considered to be valuable for health care professionals.

UKCAT has put together a candidate toolkit, including an official guide, a question tutorialpractice tests and lots more.

Which university courses require the UKCAT?

View the latest list of university courses which require the UKCAT

When and where can I take the test?

There is no single date for sitting the UKCAT exam. However, UKCAT results are only valid for applications to universities in the year in which the test is taken. So, if you apply in 2017 to start medical school in 2018 but are not successful, you will have to resit the UKCAT if you re-apply next year.

Find out more about registering and deadlines

Because the UKCAT test is computer-based, you can take it in almost any country around the world, provided there is a test centre.

Find a test centre near you

There is a test fee associated with taking the UKCAT, however candidates in financial need can apply for a bursary to cover the full test fee provided they meet the eligibility criteria established by UKCAT.

What does the test involve?

You'll take the UKCAT on a computer, with a fixed time limit for each subtest. You'll need to arrive at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your test to check in, bringing your email confirmation and photo ID.

During the test, you can flag a question to come back to later if you're not sure of the answer. You should try to answer all the questions, as you won't lose marks for incorrect answers.

You'll get the result of your test on the day, so you don't have to wait to find out how well you've done.

How do universities use my UKCAT score?

Universities use the UKCAT score in different ways. Some may have a threshold score that you have to achieve in order to be considered further in their admission processes, while for others it may be a less significant factor or only used in marginal situations.

All UKCAT universities provide information regarding how they use the test in their admissions process on their individual websites. You should review this information for the universities you are considering applying to.

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