What is the UKCAT®?

The UKCAT stands for UK Clinical Aptitude Test, and is required for entry to a medical/dentistry degree at many British universities.

The UKCAT is a computer-based test taken at Pearson Vue Centres between July and October every year. 

Which Universities require the UKCAT?

Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Hull York Medical School, Keele, King’s College London, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Queen Mary- University of London, Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, St. Andrew’s, St. George’s London and Warwick (grad only).

What is tested on the UKCAT?

The UKCAT test consists of 5 sections. The time granted to answer the questions in each section is reflected below, there will be an additional 1 minute of time granted per section to read instructions. 

Section Questions Timing Scoring
Verbal Reasoning 44 22 minutes 300-900
Decision Making* 29 32 minutes 300-900
Quantitative Reasoning 36 25 minutes 300-900
Abstract Reasoning 55 14 minutes 300-900
Situational Judgement 69 27 minutes Band 1- 4

New for 2017! Decision Making, the piloted subtest in 2016, is an official section for the 2017 test and will contribute to your final test score.

What is the average UKCAT score?

In their annual report, the UKCAT Consortium release average scores, broken down by section of the test. Below are the figures from the 2016 UKCAT sitting:

Verbal reasoning: 573
Quantitative reasoning: 690
Abstract reasoning: 630
Situational Judgement: N/A

Total scaled score: 1893

When do I sit the UKCAT?

Below are the key dates for the UKCAT in 2017. 

Registration opens: 2nd May 2017
Testing begins: 3rd July 2017
Registration deadline: 19th September 2017
Bursary application deadline:  19 September 2017
Last test date:  3rd October 2017
UCAS application deadline: 15 October 2017

How much does the UKCAT cost?

£65 before 31st August 2017
£85 from 1st September 2017 onwards
£115 for Non-EU test-takers

Bursaries are available to cover the cost of the test. See www.ukcat.ac.uk for application details.

For further information about the UKCAT test and to register* please visit www.ukcat.ac.uk.

*We encourage all students to register early for the UKCAT, particularly if you would like a Test Date in September. Test Centres can fill up, so book early to avoid having to travel to an alternative test centre.

What is the UKCAT Humanitas?

This new test is offered in April for non-EU applicants who would like to study abroad at Humanitas University in Italy. The key dates in preparation for this test are below, and we offer our Self-Study (Humanitas) course specifically for students taking this test.

Registration and booking opens: 6th February 2017
Registration closes:  11th April 2017
Testing begins:  18th April 2017
Booking closes: 25th April 2017
Last test date:  26th April 2017

It's also important to note that students who have taken the UKCAT during the 2016 testing period, would not need to take the UKCAT Humantias test, but they can submit their results directly to Humanitas University.

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Find out what other Kaplan students thought this year...

Lauren B, a Birmingham Classroom Course Student, scored 3020, Band 3

As I was the only student at my school sitting the UKCAT, I felt I had little help and was concerned about how I would score. I feel taking part in the Kaplan course helped me massively as it provided me with skills and tips to allow me to succeed in the exam and get a score high enough to apply to the University of my choice. I can now happily say I start my Medicine degree at this University in just over a week - this may not have been possible without my help from Kaplan.

Yue W, a Live Online Course Student, scored 3220, Band 1

I really enjoyed the UKCAT prep. It gave me some very useful advice particularly with triaging but the best thing about this course was probably the confidence and reassurance it gave me that it is possible to do well by putting in effort and it's not a game of luck.

Alice S, a London Classroom Course Student, scored 2790, Band 1

Kaplan was fantastic; it gave me the skills to tackle each section in a logical way, but also the teaching and the resources we were given meant that I continued to practice in a productive way. The methods I learnt from Kaplan, and the practice tests, meant I knew exactly what to expect from my UKCAT test and how to approach each question. Without Kaplan, I definitely would have not got the score I did.

Sammy G : "You can see the teaching is actually working."

Sammy was referred to us by a current medical student who took a Kaplan course. She found the Kaplan strategies to be a helpful boost to the prep she did in advance.

Rupert V W: “It’s a great way to kick-off my learning in the UKCAT.”

Rupert took the UKCAT exam last year but didn’t get the high score needed for medical admission. This year he chose to take a Kaplan course based on recommendations, to boost his score.

Arjun M : "I would really recommend it to someone who's deciding to do the UKCAT"

Arjun was struggling with his UKCAT preparation before he learned Kaplan's techniques and strategies as part of his UKCAT course. He really enjoyed the course and recommends it to anyone taking the UKCAT.

Charlotte P : "Strategies to overcome really difficult questions"

Charlotte was recommended our UKCAT course by a friend. She found the Kaplan teacher's experience and advice invaluable over just studying from a book.

Cherry Jade L : "When I go to sit the UKCAT I'll have the right stategies and know what to do"

Cherry-Jade appreciates the importance of a high UKCAT score as part of a good medical application. She decided to take the Kaplan UKCAT course after discovering that many medical students found the test harder than expected, and that the Kaplan course helped them to get a better result.

Ronan L : "What we have been learning in the course is extremely beneficial"

Ronan is taking the UKCATSEN and found it particularly useful that the teacher was able to adapt the course content so that no student was left behind.