UKCAT: The Basics
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is a comprehensive computer-based standardized examination that is required for admission to medical and dentistry programs at a number of universities in the UK. Registration for the examination begins in May; the testing window itself opens from July to early October of each year. The UKCAT is required for admission into medical and dentistry courses at the following institutions:
It is a required test for the top medical schools like:
University of Aberdeen
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Dundee
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
Hull York Medical School
King’s College London
University of Leicester
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
University of Newcastle
University of Southampton
University of St. Andrews
University of Warwick
For a comprehensive list please refer to the official UKCAT website.
UKCAT Test Format
The UKCAT is a computer based test with 5 sub-tests. There is a one-minute break to read instructions at the start of each sub-test. It is scored on a scale of 300 to 900 for the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning sections, with a maximum possible score of 2700. With effect from this year, the Decision Making section will no longer contribute to the total score. The fifth section, Situational Judgment, is graded from Band 1 to Band 4; it also does not contribute to the score out of 2700.
The Verbal Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to read and think carefully about information presented in passages and to determine whether specific conclusions can be drawn from information presented.
The Quantitative Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to use numerical skills to solve problems. It assumes familiarity with numbers to the standard of a good pass at GCSE.
Abstract Reasoning assesses your ability to identify patterns amongst abstract shapes where irrelevant and distracting material may lead to incorrect conclusions.
The new Decision Making subtest tests your ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information. However, for 2016, your score in this section will not contribute to your final score.
The test measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.
Our 2015 track record
Some of our students have achieved stellar results in 2015:
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What do our students say?
The UKCAT prep course at Prep Zone is comprehensive and informative. I especially liked how the trainers were willing to help in answering my questions and providing feedback for my practice test via email after the lessons.Isabel
All the trainers at Prep Zone All the trainers at Prep Zone were always available to provide valuable advice so I could do the best I could in my UKCAT and BMAT.Arihant
How can Prep Zone help?
The UKCAT score is a key component of your applications to medical and/or dentistry schools and is universally considered among the most challenging of all admissions tests. It tests your critical thinking, logical reasoning and inference skills, and UK Med schools actively use the UKCAT to make admissions decisions. Prep Zone’s UKCAT course breaks away from the traditional process of simply going through every question type, and instead puts emphasis on developing skills needed to conquer the test; building confidence, managing time and using mental roadmaps.
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