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The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously known as the UKCAT - United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test, is a two-hour computer-based examination that is required by the majority of UK, Australia & New Zealand medical and dental schools and other healthcare-related fields. Please note that UCAT ANZ and UCAT UK are the same test. Therefore, when purchasing our UCAT ANZ online course you will be taken to our UCAT UK site to complete your purchase.
The UCAT tests aptitude rather than academic knowledge. Each section of the UCAT aims to test a different component of cognition:
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The UCAT consists of 233 multiple-choice questions across five separate sections. Each section has a different number of questions and time allocations, as below:
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Number of questions
44 questions on 11 passages
69 on 20 scenarios
Admission to medicine and dentistry is extremely competitive as the number of applicants far outweighs the number of available places. The UCAT serves the purpose of selecting the applicants that possess cognitive abilities and professional behaviours desirable for a healthcare professional. These may not be adequately assessed by academic record and interview.
The UCAT is compulsory for the following courses:
You can sit the UCAT in your final year of secondary school and subsequent years. Over 14,000 students sat the UCAT ANZ in 2020.
The UCAT is held between 1st July and 11th August. However, you need to book by 17th May (late booking deadline: 31st May). Don't leave this until the last minute.
You need to create a web account with Pearson VUE first, before booking your test session.
The UCAT costs A$305 for tests taken in Australia and New Zealand and A$380 for tests taken overseas.
Candidates in financial need may be able to sit the UCAT for a reduced fee after providing supporting evidence.
UCAT access arrangements are available for students with a disability, upon providing evidence:
You may resit the UCAT an unlimited number of times as long as you meet the eligibility criteria, but only once per year.
The UCAT can be sat at Pearson VUE test centres across the world.
No. Therefore guess the answers that you are unsure about, or which you do not have any time to concentrate on. After all, you have nothing to lose.
Your raw scores (the number of questions you answer correctly in each section) are converted to scaled scores between 300 and 900.
The cognitive subtests (VR, DM, QR, AR) are summed to provide you with a total scaled score that ranges between 1200 and 3600. Based on this total scaled score, you will also receive a percentile rank that shows how well you’ve performed relative to other candidates in your cohort. For example, a total scaled score of 2850 in 2020 meant you were in the top 10%, or 9th decile.
The scaled score for situational judgement test also ranges between 300 and 900 but this is not included in the total scaled score.
Each university is different in using the UCAT scores. Some use the UCAT as part of both interview invitation and final selection, whereas some use it as part of final selection only.
Most students find the UCAT challenging not because the questions are particularly difficult but because of the huge number of questions (233) that need to be answered in just two hours. On average, you need to answer around two questions every minute.
A research paper has shown that students that spend more time studying for the UCAT using preparatory materials scored higher than those who didn’t.
Preparing for the UCAT involves four key steps:
The official UCAT website has some free preparatory materials to get you started. Our Online UCAT ANZ Course provides you with extensive video tutorials, a huge bank of over 10,000 questions, 8 unique full mock exams, 18 mini-mock exams and question walkthroughs, as well as performance feedback.
This is difficult to say as it varies from year to year and also depends on the universities you are intending to apply to.
Generally, a score of 90th percentile or higher (=2920) would give you a solid chance of securing interviews, provided that you have a respectable ATAR score. Even with a lower UCAT score, you will stand a good chance if you have a very high ATAR or qualify for special admissions schemes or bonus points.
A high UCAT score takes you closer to medical school, but even with a low UCAT score, there are several options:
Your UCAT scores are available soon after you finish the test, on the same day. To find out how well you performed in your cohort, you will usually need to wait until October for the final results.
The UCAT scores are valid for a year. This means that if you sit the UCAT in 2021, you can only use it for entry to medical programmes commencing in 2022.
Your UCAT results are delivered directly to the chosen universities.
The Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) is an entrance exam used by graduate medical and dental courses.
The UCAT is a purely skills-based test, whereas some sections of the GAMSAT assume prerequisite knowledge in sciences. The GAMSAT also requires you to write an essay, whereas the UCAT consists entirely of multiple-choice questions.
Both exams require a high level of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
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