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How is the UCAT Scored?
As most of you will know by now, the UCAT has 5 sections: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. The raw marks from the first four sections are scaled to give an overall score on a scale of 300-900 each. The majority of questions in these sections are each worth 1 mark, with the exception being the Questions with multiple statements in Decision Making, which are worth 2 marks (one mark is awarded to partially correct responses on the multiple-statement questions). In each section, an average candidate is expected to score around 600, good candidates around 650, and exceptional ones scoring 700 and above.
Situational Judgement, on the other hand, is scaled with a ‘Band’ system, with the best candidates achieving a Band 1, and the weakest scoring Band 4. Full raw marks are awarded for each question if the best answer is chosen, and partial marks are awarded if an answer close to the best answer is selected.
How have other students performed?
The UCAT Consortium have recently released some 2019 test statistics, to give applicants an idea of how they have performed in comparison to the rest of the cohort, and help guide their applications. The averages for each section are below:
- Verbal reasoning: 565
- Decision making: 618
- Quantitative reasoning: 662
- Abstract reasoning: 638
- Situational Judgement: N/A
Total scaled score: 2483
How does this compare with previous cohorts?
In 2019, a total of 29,375 students sat the UCAT, an increase from 27,466 in 2018, an increase of 7%, but the mean scaled score is almost exactly the same as 2018. The mean section scores have dropped slightly in Verbal Reasoning and Decision Making, whilst they have very slightly increased in Quantitative and Abstract Reasoning.
The bigger differences lie in Situational Judgement, as only 17% of students scored Band 1 this year, compared to 21% last year. Band 2 was achieved by 40% of students this year, increased from 34% last year. Band 3 and Band 4 account for 33% and 10% of students respectively in 2019, whilst they were 32% and 13% of students in 2018. Thus, slightly more students (2% of the total) scored in the top two bands in 2019 compared to last year, but Band 1 had a higher cutoff point than last year (as well as a slightly lower bottom).
What does your score mean for you?
Having a quick look at cohort statistics may be useful to you, particularly if you know that a university that you’re applying for often has a UCAT cut off. However, most universities set this based on the applicants that they receive directly, not the overall distribution of all candidates. However, if you have your scores to hand, you may want to work out your percentile using this tool to gain a better insight into how you’ve performed.
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