UKCAT name change to UCAT: what does this mean for future medics?

October 3, 2018 - Mia Akanni

Last week, the UKCAT Consortium announced news about the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test), which the group of universities in Australia and New Zealand intend to use as a replacement for their previous medical school admissions test called the UMAT.

This is a big change for medical school applicants in Australia who will be preparing for a very different exam to that which previous years’ medical school applicants sat.

What is tested in the UCAT?

The UCAT, however, is not a completely new test. It is exactly the same as the UKCAT which has been running since 2006 and which we all know so well.

UCAT ANZ which will be replacing the UMAT, will follow the format, structure and timing of the 2018 UKCAT. This means that students in Australia and New Zealand will join the community of UKCAT test takers, and will be preparing for a different test to that which previous years' medical applicants prepared for. Find out more about the UCAT Australia and New Zealand and how it differs to the UMAT.


What will be the impact of the UCAT in the UK?

As the UKCAT will also be making a shift by changing its test name to the UCAT in 2019, the UKCAT will officially move into a more global space as it sheds the UK piece in its title.

One important thing to note, is that this name change will not impact the content, timing or structure of the test in 2019, especially as the UCAT ANZ will be assuming the content of the UKCAT. So students preparing for UK medical school admissions can be assured that they will not be preparing for a different test in 2019!


To start practice for the UCAT, continue using the UKCAT free resources available to you. Try our UKCAT Practice Test.