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What is the UCAT?

It stands for the University Clinical Aptitude Test. This is a computerised admissions test that medical and dental students are required to sit in order to apply for medical and dental degrees. Most universities require this exam to be sat. This must be done prior to applying in the same year. 


How to prepare for the UCAT?

The UCAT consortium states that the UCAT is an aptitude test. However, it is definitely an exam you can and should prepare for. We advise every student to prepare at least 4 weeks in advance in order to maximise their score.


When can you sit the UCAT?

Test booking for the UCAT begins on 28th June 2021. The first test can be sat on 26th July 2021 and the last test on 28thSeptember 2021. 


What is a good score on the UCAT?

Immediately after sitting the test you will receive your results.

The first four sections are scored between 300-900. The situational judgement section is scored between Band 1 to Band 4.

A score above 650 in each section is considered a good score, and a score over 700 means you have scored in the top 10%. To apply to competitive universities that are ‘UCAT heavy’ in their scoring criteria for interview selection, we recommend aiming for a score of above 700.

Most universities expect either Band 1 or Band 2 in the SJT for the application to be considered. If you score a Band 4 in the SJT, some places reject the application so please be aware of your university’s criteria.


What sections are there in the UCAT?

Verbal Reasoning 

22 minutes, 44 questions

This assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.

You will have a passage of text from which you answer a series of questions.


Quantitative Reasoning

25 minutes, 36 questions

This assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.

You will have an abstract of data from which you answer a series of questions. You are allowed to use on online calculator, however in order to save time it is encouraged to use your mental maths and estimation.


Abstract Reasoning

14 minutes, 55 questions

This assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.

You will have a box of different shapes from which you need to decipher the pattern and from which answer a series of questions.


Decision Making

32 minutes, 29 questions

This assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.

You will answer a series of questions that require a mix of mathematical ability with decision-making.


Situational Judgement

27 minutes, 69 questions

This measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.

You will be given a scenario and answer questions based on this.


Top 5 tips for the UCAT
  1. Timing is everything
  2. If you get stuck, move on
  3. Work smarter not harder
  4. Use the official UCAT resources
  5. Make a revision plan


What does Edgbaston College offer for UCAT preparation?

The UCAT can be a difficult exam to sit, but is made a lot easier with practice and helpful tips. We offer a weekend UCAT course for students of the college. This will involve teaching exam technique and practising a variety of questions for each section of the UCAT. This is taught by medical students and doctors that scored highly above an average 750 in their UCAT.

This year’s course will take place on Saturday 4th September 2021 and is run by Dr Eman Butt, who leads our Medical Pathway Programme. It is a full-day (8 hour) course and available exclusively to Full-Time students at Edgbaston College. To book a place, please contact us on or complete the enquiry form at the top of this page stating your interest in the UCAT course.  

The course will be offered in-person at our premises at 37 George Road, B15 1PL.