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Given the current COVID-19 situation, all our lessons will be offered virtually. Join many others who are currently learning the UCAT (UKCAT) from the luxury of their own homes. Here, you will be taken through all five UCAT sections with your UCAT tutor to help you secure your place in studying medicine or dentistry. You will only be taught by UCAT qualified Doctors & Dentists.

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Akash is a junior doctor & our founder. He has tutored 1000s of successful pupils in receiving places to study Medicine & Dentistry across the country - find out more about him here. He has also trained all of our UCAT tutors across the company. 


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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 


UCAT 2021Guide

Expert UCAT Tutoring 2021

What is UCAT Test?

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) or university Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a multiple choice, timed, computerised admissions test that prospective medical or dental applicants for UK universities may be required to take. The UCAT is made up of five different UCAT sections and is designed to evaluate your cognitive abilities. It ensures that candidates selected have the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviour required to be successful in a clinical career.
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

The UCAT test assesses a range of mental abilities identified by Medical and Dental Schools as important. There is no curriculum content as the test examines innate skills. Each subtest is in a multiple-choice format and is separately timed. This is important for medicine and dentistry. Here is the breakdown of the UCAT format based on the 2021 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

UCAT Verbal Reasoning - assesses the ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form

  • 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.
UCAT Quantitative Reasoning - assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form
  • 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.
UCAT Abstract Reasoning - assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information
  • 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.
UCAT Decision Making - assesses the ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information
  • 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.
UCAT Situational Judgement Test - measures capacity to understand real-world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.
  • 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?

The first four UCAT (UKCAT) sections: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning are marked depending on how many correct answers you give. Questions that have one correct answer are awarded a maximum of 1 mark and those that have multiple answers are worth 2 marks. Questions with multiple answers such as those in the Decision Making section, can be awarded 1 mark if you give a partially correct answer. Each UCAT (UKCAT) section does not have negative marking, and there is no influence between sections. Marking each UCAT (UKCAT) Section Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning have a different number of questions. Hence, there is no direct link to the number of correct answers and a score. Therefore the UCAT (UKCAT) convert your raw score into a scale between 300 and 900. Once your UCAT (UKCAT) exam is complete, you will receive a score per UCAT (UKCAT) section. Your overall score will be the total score of all 4 UCAT (UKCAT) section hence ranging from 1200 to 3600. The highest UCAT score is 900. For example, your scaled score may be: Verbal Reasoning: 500, Decision Making: 600, Quantitative Reasoning: 700 and Abstract Reasoning: 800. Your total score will be the total of all 4 sections: 500 + 600 + 700 + 800 = 2600. Your average UCAT (UKCAT) score will be your total score divided by 4. Using the example: 2600/4 = 650. Marking the Situational Judgement Test Here, the marking system is different. The Situational Judgement section uses a banding system depending on how correct your response is. Full marks are given if you answer correctly, and partial marks may be given if you are close to the correct answer. There are 4 bands ranging from Band 1 to Band 4 where per question, you will be awarded Band 1 if you choose the correct answer, band 2 or 3 if you are further from the answer and band 4 if you have incorrectly chosen the answer. After all SJT questions are complete, you will be given an average Band which will be your SJT score. A guide to the UCAT (UKCAT) SJT Banding System is below:

  • 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.
It is likely that the SJT will be considered in a different manner to the other cognitive subtests, refer to each university website for further details. Contact our expert team of UCAT test tutors to help you through this exam!

When do I receive my UCAT results & UCAT score?

After finishing your UCAT (UKCAT) exam, you will be given a sheet with your UCAT (UKCAT) scores at the test centre. The exam result will involve a score per UCAT (UKCAT) Section as well as your SJT band. Your UCAT (UKCAT) result will be valid for one year. Additional copies can be requested at a fee of £25 GBP. You can order additional copies by contacting Pearson VUE.

How do I use my UCAT score? What next?

Your UCAT (UKCAT) result can help guide you into choosing your universities. Your UCAT (UKCAT) result will be given before the UCAS deadline, giving you time to decide which university you want to apply to. By going onto each university’s admission criteria page on their website, more insight will be given as to how they use the UCAT (UKCAT) in selecting candidates. For some universities, the UCAT (UKCAT) plays a big factor in the candidate’s application and for others it plays a less significant part. Some universities provide information involving a rough UCAT (UKCAT) score they would prefer based on previous years results as well as if they even consider UCAT in their application process. Some consider the total score and some look at the individual sections with a cut-off score per UCAT section. For those that do not look at the UCAT or consider the UCAT to be a less significant part of the UCAS application, other parts of your UCAS application: academics, personal statement or interview are considered to play a bigger part. Hence by going onto the university’s website / open day more information can be received. Many universities use the UCAT as a way to discriminate between candidates who are ranked equally in terms of other parts of the UCAS application (personal statement, academics etc) whereas other universities use the UCAT as a way to boost your UCAS application if other parts of your UCAS application are not as beneficial such as performing less well at GCSE. Each university considers the UCAT differently by some considering the UCAT to play a significant part in the candidate’s application and some to not consider it at all. Use your UCAT score as a way of deciding which university you want to apply to by finding out more information about each potential university.

UCAT test statistics

For more information about your UCAT (UKCAT) score in relation to others, statistics from previous test cycles are available on: www.ukcat.ac.uk/ukcat-test/ukcat-results/test-statistics/ By using this data, you will be able to compare your score to others to see how well you have performed.

UCAT earplugs

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
Please note that you cannot take any breaks during the exam. Any breaks that you do take, will still have the timer running - please note this! The test is two hours long.

How do I prepare for the UCAT exam?

Over 80,000 people are applying for under 8000 places - preparing for the UCAT (UKCAT) is a must! Find out how you can prepare better for the UCAT (UKCAT) here. If you need that extra boost to obtain a high score in your exam, then have a look here. We have a range of ukcat lessons for you to browse, our UCAT tutors can go through all of these with you on both our UCAT course or through UCAT Tutoring.

Can I resit the UCAT?

No - you can only take the UCAT (UKCAT) once a year.

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)?

Aberdeen M

Birmingham M D

Bristol M D

Cardiff M D 

Dundee M D

East Anglia M

Edinburgh M

Exeter M

Glasgow M D

Hull York M

Keele M

King's M D

Leicester M

Liverpool M

Manchester M D 

Newcastle M D

Nottingham M

Plymouth M

Poznan M

Queen Mary's M D

Queen's Belfast M D

Sheffield M D

Southampton M 

St Andrews M

St George's M

Warwick 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. 


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"Doing 1-1 medicine interview practice with Akash provided me with the content, structure and confidence to succeed at my interview. Breaking up what I needed to do with helpful pointers to direct my practice proved invaluable when it came to medical interviews. I would recommend him to anybody wanting to secure their place at Medical School"

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UCAT (UKCAT) - 797
BMAT - 7.2, 7.8, 5A

"My best advice is to get in contact with The UKCAT People (Akash & Sonal in particular) as soon as possible. Without your help I wouldn't have gained medicine offers from King's, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield for Dentistry! They went over and beyond!"

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UCL Medical School

"Akash went through my medicine personal statement in immense detail, offering suggestions that none of my teachers had even thought of. He knew exactly what was needed to enhance my personal statement, and went through the tips logically."

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Cambridge University

"I travelled from Dublin to London for the UKCAT course run by Sonal from The UKCAT People, and it was definitely worthwhile! I'm now looking to continue with some UKCAT Skype lessons closer to my exam."

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