UK Clinical Aptitude Tests

UKCAT: An Introduction

The UK Clinical Aptitude test(UKCAT) is an admission test used by Universities for selection of students wanting to study medicine and dentistry courses. It is run by the UKCAT Consortium in collaboration with Pearson VUE, a worldwide leader in computer-based testing. It is used in association with other admissions activities like the UCAS application and academic qualifications. 

UKCAT: Format

The UKCAT is a 2 hour multiple-choice test and comprises of following subtests:

Verbal Reasoning 

It evaluates the applicant’s ability to understand, interpret and conclude from the information presented in passages. 
  • No. of questions: 44 
  • Standard test time: 22 minutes
  • Extended test time: 28 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning 

 It measures the numerical skills and abilities of the applicant. 
  • No. of questions: 36
  • Standard test time: 25 minutes
  • Extended test time: 31.5 minutes

Abstract Reasoning 

It evaluates the use of convergent and divergent thinking to deduce relationships from information and identify patterns amongst abstract shapes and critically assess and generate hypotheses. 
  • No. of questions: 55 
  • Standard test time: 14 minutes
  • Extended test time: 17.5 minutes

Decision Analysis 

It evaluates the capability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex and ambiguous information. 
  •  No. of questions: 28 
  • Standard test time: 32 minutes
  • Extended test time: 39 minutes

Situational Judgement 

It measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them. 
  • No. of questions: 67 
  • Standard test time: 27 minutes
  • Extended test time: 34 minutes

UKCAT: Registration and Fees

Register for UKCAT at the Pearson VUE online registration system UKCAT  Check the official website for fee and payment details as it varies every year. 
Bursaries: The following EU candidates are eligible for a bursary to cover the full cost of the test fee:  Candidates in receipt of a 16 to 19 Bursary or Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Candidates in receipt of Discretionary Learner Support (or equivalent for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), Candidates in receipt of a Full Maintenance Grant or full Special Support Grant (or equivalent for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), Candidates personally in receipt of Income Support, Job Seeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance, Candidates whose household income is less than �35k, Candidates living with a family member in receipt of Child Tax Credit where the candidate is named on the award and the household income as stated on the award is less than �35k, Candidates living with a parent/guardian in receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, and Candidates outside the UK but within the EU.
To avail the bursary, fill in the application form at Bursaries Upload the supporting documents. After successful completion of the application process, a voucher is issued. This bursary voucher code pays for your tests. 
 

UKCAT: Scoring and Results

The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Decision Analysis sections are marked on the number of correct answers an applicant gives. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. Raw scores are obtained which are further converted to scale scores that range from 300 to 900. A total scale score is produced by summing individual scale scores of the four sections and ranges from 1200 to 3600.
Raw scores are expressed in band 1-4 with band 1 being the highest.  
  • Band 1: Indicates excellent level of performance
  • Band 2: Indicates a good, solid level of performance
  • Band 3: Indicates modest level of performance
  • Band 4: Indicates low performance
When you leave the test centre you will be given a copy of your test result. 

Test Day Essentials

You must take photographic identification proof along with you on the test day. It can be a current original signed passport or a current signed photocard driving licence (full or provisional).
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