University Clinical Aptitude Test [UCAT] is a two hour, computer-based test which assesses a range of mental abilities deemed important by most universities for practicing in the fields of high demand medicine and dentistry. It consists of five separately timed sub tests which each contain a number of questions in a multiple-choice format.
Once started, there is no opportunity for a break and each section is timed separately (in order i.e. you can’t move between subtests). Remember there is 1 min between each section to read the instructions for the next section which you will already be familiar with.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE UCAT EXAM
Registration : 2 June - 22 September 2021 The first date to sit the UCAT test is July 26 and the last date is September 29th 2021. UCAT makes it very clear they will not make exceptions to this so don’t leave it too late! Best to book early to get the most choice over slots - make an account on the UCAT Pearson Vue official website: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/generic-pages/ucat-registration-2021/
This is based on correct answers in each section (i.e NOT negatively marked). Overall score lie between 1200 - 3600, the average score was 2483 in 2019. Percentage decile score - what does this mean? The test statistics published at the end of each assessment period with the cohort are split into bands, usually 10 deciles but some universities split into 12. Being in the top decile is advantageous for your application process, other universities use a system with a cut off score to reach the next round of the application process e.g. Newcastle University. A score of 2600 equates to a normal average. Above 2720 equates to the top 2 deciles A score in the tenth decile means that you are in the top ten percent. If you score in the first decile this means that you will be in the bottom ten percent of all candidates. The average UCAT score is generally between 615 – 635. In 2020, the UCAT average score was 628. Anything above 640 is regarded as a good score. However, each university puts a different emphasis on a different score.
Average score for each section
Average band score for Situational Judgement
.One of the main hurdles is time management. You are asked to complete 233 questions in 120 minutes which is further broken down as
Verbal reasoning 28 seconds/question
Decision making 64 seconds/question
Quantitative reasoning 40 seconds/question
Abstract reasoning 14 seconds/question
Situational Judgement 22 seconds/question
We will give you time saving techniques accompanied with lots of timed practice. Additionally, with multiple choice questions, it can be good to use the elimination technique where one or two answers can quickly be eliminated thus narrowing down your choice of answer. In some cases, it may be better to look at the questions before reading the passage or looking at the graphs/tables as this can focus your mind on where to find the answer. You will also find that there is additional material provided that is not relevant to the questions. This test is an aptitude test, probably unlike anything that you have seen before and the key is to tackle it fully prepared
FAQ'S About UCAT
1. Why do a UCAT preparation course?
Firstly, it will cover all the five subsections of the UCAT test, and it will teach you the strategies and techniques that you will use to practice with and eventually employ on the day. Additionally, it will teach you timing as this is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome, and yes, with technique and lots and lots of practice, students do manage to complete the UCAT on time. You will carry out lots of simulated practice on the day with feedback. At UCATTutoring, all our tutors have all scored in the top percentile of the UCAT with an average score of 3230 and SJ Band 1, and will be very willing to help you in any specific areas that you are concerned with. Our tutors undergo an intensive training programme to ensure effective teaching and delivery. Our course is very interactive, and we take feedback from each course and make changes as we deem necessary.
2. Where can I do the test?
As of 1 April 2021, Pearson are stating that the UCAT will be delivered in Pearson test centres throughout the UK and internationally. However, if the pandemic situation changes, there are contingency plans to support testing in 2021
3. When are the UCAT tests?
Registration opens on 2 June 2021 and the first test is available on 26 July 2021. The last date available to sit the UCAT is 29 September 2021. www.ucat.ac.uk/register
4. How many times can I sit the UCAT?
You may only sit the UCAT once a year. However you can re-sit it the following years and the UCAT scores are only valid for one year only.
5. What are the different sections?
The multiple choice test is taken on a computer or laptop and is 2 hours long, consisting of 233 questions split into five sections:-
10. How long should I spend preparing for the UCAT?
We recommend about 4-6 weeks. You should spend at least 2 hours/day where you are really focused with your mobile switched off, distractions or interruptions. This is to mimic the exam. The aim is to build your preparation to where you are prioritising the sections and question that you are not scoring highly. A common mistake is to leave the mock tests to the last minute, do avoid this. We recommend that you leave a max of 2 mocks for the day before the test - Ucat Question bundle.
11. Can I prepare for the UCAT?
The answer is definitely yes. All the studies show that familiarity and lots of practice with good strategies can vastly improve your score in aptitude tests.
12. What is the difference between the UCAT and the BMAT?
Both are different tests, the UCAT test is an online aptitude test that focuses on answering questions of varying difficulty in a very tight time frame. The BMAT is a written exam which tests logical thinking, mathematics and science. It is required by Ox-bridge universities and other top medical schools.
13. Why UCAT TUTORING?
We only specialise in the UCAT. Our aim is to guide you through your preparation for this exam, where we are very conscious to take into account your anxieties and fears. This test will probably be new to you and not like any of the exams that you did for GCSE or A level. We have developed a 3 step plan that takes you methodically through the process. We are very confident that by following this plan, your goal will be achieved.
14. What is a good UCAT score?
For most medical colleges offering a 5-year programme, a cut off score of 680/690 is generally enough to secure an interview. Each medical college will assess each application on its entirety and then offer interviews based on this. Some medical colleges do publish their cut off UCAT scores and it is best to contact them directly.