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THE UCAT GUIDE 2021 - 2022
Find below answers to any questions that you may have, excellent UCAT advice and UCAT tips & tricks to boost your UCAT score
What is UCAT Test?
The UCAT does not contain any curriculum or science content. It focuses on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates and other attributes considered to be valuable for healthcare professionals. The UCAT is provided by Pearson Vue and is taken at Pearson Vue’s centres, where on must sit the ucat. Score results are provided immediately upon completion of the exam. Scores are sent directly to the university or universities to which you are applying. UCAT - what should you know, highlights the key things about the exam.
UCAT Sections & UCAT Test Format
UCAT Verbal Reasoning - 22 minutes - 44 questions
UCAT Quantitative Reasoning - 25 minutes 36 questions
UCAT Abstract Reasoning - 14 minutes 55 questions
UCAT Decision Making - 32 minutes 29 questions
UCAT Situational Judgement - 27 minutes 69 questions
The Five UCAT Sections
You are given a short text to read followed by a statement. There are two types of questions on this test: The first type is based on the information provided in the text from which you must decide if the statement is true, false, or you cannot say. The second question type is based on reading a list of options and then determining the correct answer from that list. You are only allowed to use the information in the text and not your outside knowledge. The test contains 11 texts, with four questions on each of them. See our UCAT practice questions for more information on this.
You are given numerical data in a table, chart, or graph, and you are asked questions on the information provided. Solving the questions usually involves some form of basic calculation. The same set of information may be used for more than one question.
You are asked to identify the correct shape in order to complete the question. There are four types of questions you may experience. This is a fast-paced test with less than 20 seconds to answer each question. It is a nonverbal test as it does not use words or numbers, and it is often considered to be like an IQ test.
Your ability to implement logic in order to assess arguments, evaluate statistical data, and make a decision will be assessed. This section replaced Decision Analysis in 2016. Doing well in this will help boost your UCAT decile.
You are asked to identify the correct responses to a series of scenarios relating to the life of a medical or dentistry student. There are two types of scenario responses asked: the appropriateness of a behaviour and the importance of a set of options. You are given 19 scenarios; each one contains between two and five questions.
What is the UCAT out of? How is the UCAT scored?
Band 1: The candidate has demonstrated an excellent level of performance, a level that is similar to the panel of experts
Band 2: The candidate has demonstrated a good level of performance, frequently matching the answers similar to an expert level
Band 3: The candidate has demonstrated a modest level of performance, with many appropriate answers but several answers different to the panel of experts.
Band 4: The candidate has a demonstrated a low level of performance with most answers differing from the ideal answer.
When do I receive my UCAT results & UCAT score?
How do I use my UCAT score? What next?
UCAT test statistics
Should you sit your UCAT exam in a Pearson Vue centre, you will receive both earplugs for your UCAT exam and Ear headphones for your to place over your ears to block out sound.
UCAT Example Questions
All of our tutees receive a workpack of example UCAT questions taken from UCAT past papers. You will work through these with your UCAT tutors who will show you the UCAT tips and UCAT tricks to help you through the exam and make you more efficient and more accurate.
What should you take to your UCAT exam?
A print out confirmation of your booking from Pearson Vue
One piece of photographic identification from the approved list which meets requirements stated on the Pearson Vue website.
You cannot take any personal belongings into the UCAT (UKCAT), nor can you take any food or drink. Anything that you do bring will need to be stored in a locker at the test centre.
You may not bring a calculator into the exam - there is one provided online for you.
What does the UCAT Pearson Vue exam venue look like?
You will get a desk space with a PC, keyboard and space for a whiteboard and pen. There will be other people doing different tests in the same venue, you may request earplugs or headphones if you think you might require them.
You will be given a laminated note board and permanent marker pen to make notes on during the test. If you need another pen or board, raise your arm and an invigilator will give you a new one
Please check the pen is working before you begin
How do I prepare for the UCAT exam?
Can I resit the UCAT?
Can I postpone my UCAT?
Yes, you are able to postpone your exam so if you feel unwell or unprepared the best thing to do is to reschedule your UCAT (UKCAT) exam. However, if you postpone the exam too late then you may not be refunded your fee, so make sure you reschedule in advance.
Which Universities Look At The UKCAT (2021)?
Birmingham M D
Bristol M D
Cardiff M D
Dundee M D
East Anglia M
Glasgow M D
Hull York M
King's M D
Manchester M D
Newcastle M D
Queen Mary's M D
Queen's Belfast M D
Sheffield M D
St Andrews M
St George's M
OUR TOP 5 UCAT (UKCAT) TIPS
1. Do as many UCAT (UKCAT) questions as you can!
The more practice you do for the UCAT (UKCAT) the more confident you will feel at answering different styled questions. Invest in UCAT (UKCAT) books as well as online UCAT (UKCAT) practice question banks to boost your confidence. We have many of our own UCAT questions too.
2. Do your exam when you are ready!
Do not do the exam as soon as possible to get it over and done with. If you are not 100% ready, postpone the exam. You only get ONE chance to do the UCAT, so might as well do it when you can perform at your greatest ability. The best time to do the UCAT (UKCAT) is during your summer holidays and NOT during school time. During school you may have other commitments and homework, unlike the summer holidays where you can focus all your time on preparing for the UCAT (UKCAT). This will give you the best chance to improve your UCAT Deciles. Read our UCAT registration page to find out more about the 2021 updates.
3. Practice your UCAT (UKCAT) time management!
Time is a crucial part of your UCAT (UKCAT) exam, many people do not finish each section! Make sure you practice UCAT (UKCAT) questions under a time limit. If you cannot finish the questions within the time limit, keep practising questions until you can. This way you know the speed in which you need to answer the UCAT questions.
4. Don’t stress during your exam!
You have had weeks of preparation and all your UCAT knowledge is in the back of your mind. Don’t stress, be calm and you will fly through this exam. It might even be useful to take do no revision the day before your test and just relax! Learn more about the average UCAT scores here.
5. Ask for help!
If you are struggling to understand or improve whilst practising for the UCAT test, ask a friend, invest in a UCAT Tutor or even go on a UCAT Course. You only have one shot at doing the UCAT Exam, so getting as much help as possible can only improve your UCAT abilities and hence your UCAT score. You can use our UCAT score calculator to look into this further.