About UCAT

The UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test accepted by many UK universities for Medicine and dentistry degrees. Earlier, it was known as UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) and was only accepted in the UK but this year, universities of Australia and New Zealand along with UK universities have also started taking admissions to some of their medicine courses through UCAT.

University Clinical Aptitude Test

The UCAT exam tests the thinking skills of a student which are generally tested by every entrance exam. To get a good score, a student is tested on his/her skills in different sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement

One should be able to think and analyze well to excel in the exam.

The structure of the UCAT is as follows:

  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours
  • No. of Sections: 5 

Section 1: Verbal Reasoning

  • No. of Questions: 44
  • Timing: 21 minutes+1 minute for Instructions
  • Scoring: 300-900

This section consists of 11 passages, with four questions per passage which makes it a total of 44 questions. A student needs to analyze whether the statement in every question is true,  false or can’t tell, based on the information given in the question.

Section 2: Decision Making

  • No. of Questions: 29
  • Timing: 31 minutes+1 minute for Instructions
  • Scoring: 300-900

The questions in this section are designed to test a student’s ability to apply logic and make valid inferences and deductions. Questions in this section consist of text or visual data, and most questions are multiple-choice.

Section 3: Quantitative Reasoning

  • No. of Questions: 36
  • Timing: 24 minutes+1 minute for Instructions
  • Scoring: 300-900

This section consists of 9 data sets, each with four questions which makes it a total of 36 questions. This section tests a student’s ability to solve numerical and data problems. Questions will test a student’s ability to select relevant data from charts, graphs, and tables in order to solve numerical problems. 

Section 4: Abstract Reasoning

  • No. of Questions: 55
  • Timing: 13 minutes+1 minute for Instructions
  • Scoring: 300-900

This section consists of 13 sets of A and B shapes followed by five shapes each. A test-taker must determine whether new shapes belong to set A or B. This section aims to test your ability to identify patterns amongst abstract shapes. The patterns also include unrelated or distracting elements so at times it becomes difficult to crack the pattern in the time allowed. 

Section 5: Situational Judgement

  • No. of Questions: 69
  • Timing: 26 minutes+1 minute for Instructions
  • Scoring: Band 1-Band 4

This section is designed to test the student’s ability to understand real-life situations and to analyze important factors and the appropriate way to behave. This section consists of a number of scenarios with a number of outcomes and things that a student needs to take into account.

#Points to Ponder:

  • Band 1
    This means that a student has performed well above average. This eventually implies that a student has shown a similar judgement in most cases to a panel of experts.

  • Band 2
    This means that a student has performed above average. This clearly implies that a student has shown appropriate judgement for most cases.

  • Band 3
    This means that a student has performed lower than average. This means that a student has shown appropriate judgement for some questions.

  • Band 4
    This means that a student has performed low. This implies that judgement differs greatly from ideal responses.

The fee for the UK/EU residents was around £65** till 31st August, but it was changed to £87** on 1st September. 

The Fee structure for outside EU is around £115**.

** The fee structure is subject to change | Visit us for the latest updates

This depends on the university that a student wants to apply. If a student desires to apply in the top university then you need to get a good score otherwise, a student can apply to not so good universities with an average score of around 600 in each section.

The UCAT score is valid for one year only. If a student wants to take a gap then he/she needs to Re-sit for the exam. 

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Aston University
  • Cardiff University 
  • Edge Hill University
  • Hull York Medical School 
  • Keele University 
  • Kent and Medway Medical School
  • King's College London 
  • Plymouth University 
  • Queen's University Belfast 
  • Queen Mary University of London 
  • St George's, University of London 
  • University of Aberdeen 
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Dundee 
  • University of East Anglia 
  • University of Edinburgh 
  • University of Exeter 
  • University of Glasgow 
  • University of Leicester 
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester 
  • University of Newcastle 
  • University of Nottingham 
  • University of Sheffield 
  • University of Southampton 
  • University of St Andrews 
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Warwick 

Non-UK Associate Member Universities
UCAT also meets the admission requirements of the following courses:
  • American University of the Caribbean
    Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program

  • Poznan University of Medical Sciences
    Advanced MD Program in English for University Graduates

  • St George's University (Grenada)
    Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program

  • UniCamillus - Saint Camillus International University of Health and Medical Sciences
    Degrees: Medicine & Surgery; Midwifery; Nursing; Physiotherapy; Biomedical Laboratory Techniques; Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging & Radiotherapy Techniques

  • University of Kurdistan Hewlêr
    Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)
    * Kindly Visit University’s Official Website for further Information.

A student can access his/her score report through your Pearson VUE account. One should allow approximately 24 hours after you have taken your test for the score report to be uploaded. You can also take a print out or save it as a PDF. 

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If you really want to apply to the Top University then definitely you need a high UCAT score, then you can get it only through high UCAT scores. Always, prepare hard and try to get a high score to achieve your dreams i.e. to study in the top university. 

Yes, Of course, if you are confident about your scores or if you feel like that you want to take it again then you can Re-sit for the exam.

The UCATSEN stands for UCAT Special Educational Needs is 25% longer than the standard UCAT and is available to those with dyslexia. If you have got extra time for other public exams then you will also be entitled to sit for the UCATSEN.

If you want further information about UCAT or anything related to UCAT then you can refer to their official website.

If you want further information about UCAT Australia or anything related to UCAT Australia then you can refer to their official website and refer to the specific ANZ section.

To register for the UCAT, Log onto the official website of the UCAT i.e. https://www.ucatofficial.com/

Definitely, you can postpone your exam but make sure you leave early else, you will lose out your fee. Once you’ve started your exam then it is suggested to complete it as you cannot Re-sit for the exam in that particular year. If you think that you are unwell then it’s better to cancel and re-book.

As you go through the course structure, it seems that it is hard to get a good score. This is a myth or one tends to develop this assumption because of the long list of sections in the exam. The exam is not difficult but an exam meant to test a student’s thinking abilities. So if a student is able to analyze the given information to reach the correct answer then it is easy to get a score else, you need to adapt yourself as per the exam requirements to get the desired score. 

The Personalised Tutoring for UCAT is what Achievers’ Point provides to their students i.e. One-One session. This is something that most of the UCAT aspirants always look for. The reason being, to get a good score in the UCAT exam one needs to have good analyzing skills that are required to get a correct answer. Keep in mind that these skills are not developed overnight and thus require special mentoring i.e. One-One sessions to develop these skills. 

Of course not, If you have just cleared your XII class then you can take the UCAT exam to get admission in your desired to college/university to study Medicine once you meet there cutoffs.

Some universities put the requirement of the UCAT exam whereas some universities do not. So, this depends on the university that a student wants to apply.  If it is a requirement in your desired university then definitely you need to take the UCAT exam. You can visit the official website of the UCAT for the university list and its requirement.

The UCAT i.e. University Clinical Aptitude Test is a 2 hours computer-delivered test. A student has to report to the Pearson VUE test center as per the location selected during the registration to take the test. 

Of course, it is the right choice to go to the UK for MBBS if you get it into the Top-university. Being the most competitive country, it is difficult to get admission there. But,  yes if you get an opportunity then do not let it go, a student learns a lot in the developed environment and gets a lot more opportunities in the medical field under specialized guidance.

Yes, one can pursue Radiology in the UK after MBBS from India. Follow the steps given below to reach your destination: 

  • First of all, You have to take the PLAB exam and clear it with good scores.
  • Get into the medical system of the UK. 
  • Now for this, you have to Contact GMC London. 
  • Once you get into the medical system of the UK
    ~ Work in NHS
    ~ Do the required postings
    ~ Then you can apply for FRCR

No, not many scholarships are there for International students. Even if you are a scholar then also there are very fewer chances of getting a scholarship. Also, you need to pay a hefty amount and get a scholarship only for the Ist year. 

‘Set Your Goals High’

If you get an opportunity to study medicine in the top-most university of the UK then undoubtedly go for it. 

But, If by any chance, you miss out those top universities then don’t be disheartened and quickly switch to the option i.e. Singapore. 

Initially, you might think it is right to go to Singapore but I would suggest you read the entire article below:

Life is all about creating options for yourself. 

As I mentioned above that you can switch to the Singapore option.
It is a naturally accepted country i.e. a person from our country can easily adapt himself/herself as per the environment and the health system there. Also, the practicum part of your course will help you to adjust as per the health care system here. Moreover, there will be less cultural shocks unlike if you return from the UK to start your practice in your local hospitals.

A student can apply to the MBBS course in the following ways:

  • UK
    If a student wants to apply to the MBBS course after XII then one needs to take the UCAT entrance exam. One needs to score well to get into the top-most universities of the UK.
  • US
    A student cannot apply to the MBBS course after XII in public universities. If a student wants to pursue the MBBS course from the public university then a BSc degree is a must. However, one can apply to private universities.

These grades are not bad but Oxford being one of the top universities may prefer to A levels’ grade over the GCSE. No doubt that GCSE would help your application coming up but some external factors like your interview and essays are also taken into consideration.

No, handheld calculators are not allowed in the exam nor you will get it at the test center. A student will be provided only with the on-screen calculator(Virtual Calculator) to do all the calculations. Therefore, it is always suggested that a student should practice accordingly. 


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