What is the UKCAT?
The UKCAT test helps universities to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants to medical and dental programmes. It helps to ensure that candidates selected have the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviour required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers.
The UKCAT does not contain any curriculum or science content. It focuses on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates and other attributes considered to be valuable for health care professionals. Each subtest is in a multiple-choice format and is separately timed.
For candidates sitting the examination in summer 2017, the UKCAT will consist of:
- Verbal reasoning - assesses ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form.
- Quantitative reasoning - assesses ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.
- Abstract reasoning - assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.
- Decision making - assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.
- Situational judgement test - measures capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.
How we use your UKCAT score
Candidates' UKCAT scores are considered in our selection for interview but are not the sole indicator for selection. They are considered alongside actual and predicted academic achievement in deciding who will be selected for interview. A minimum UKCAT cut-off score is NOT used. A score (between 1200 - 3600) is allocated based on the applicant's overall performance in UKCAT compared with all other applicants to Aberdeen.
In Aberdeen we will allocate a score based on the total numerical score from the four subtests: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and decision making. The SJT will not be scored, but it may be used in offer making when there are candidates with similar scores.
Applicants to Aberdeen offer a broad range of UKCAT scores. For 2018 entry:
- Interview: the lowest total score for an applicant invited to interview 2380 and the highest 3150
- Offers made: the lowest total score for successful applicants who were made offers was 2380 and the highest 3150
- Please Note: Scores for 2017 may seem lower due to only 3 subtests being scored.
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We do not endorse any commercially available preparatory course or material for the UKCAT. The test is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than academic achievement and does not draw on any particular body of knowledge or curriculum that you can learn in advance.
We would however encourage candidates to practise answering the types of questions that will be presented in the UKCAT and to familiarise themselves with the test format so that they know how to navigate through the test. In taking this approach candidates will become familiar with the different types of questions and in particular understand the time restrictions imposed within the test.
On the UKCAT website, you can access practice tests, download the UKCAT Official Guide and find out more information about the new UKCAT Practice App.
- As the UKCAT is an entry requirement for medicine at Aberdeen, all applicants to Aberdeen must complete the UKCAT by the appropriate closing date for that year's entry.
- Applicants for deferred entry must complete UKCAT in the summer of the year of application.
- Candidates who reapply must undertake the UKCAT in the summer of each individual year of application.
- Applicants should ensure that they register early for a test as being unable to gain a test sitting will not be accepted as an extenuating circumstance for non-completion of the test.
- Information about the key dates for taking the test can be seen online.
Where can I sit the test?
The Test can be taken in many countries across the world and at many sites across the United Kingdom.
In the North of Scotland there are UKCAT test centres in local areas such as Elgin, Huntly , Kirkwall, Lerwick, Wick, Tongue, Helmsdale, Inverness, Ullapool, Gairloch, Portree, Stornoway, Benbecula, Barra, Tiree, Mull, Kyle of Lochalsh, Fort William, Oban, Pitlochry, as well as the main cities of Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee.
Candidates should use the Test Centre Locator to find their nearest centre.
By presenting yourself at the UKCAT test centre, you are declaring yourself fit to take the test.
If you are not fit to take the test due to illness or other personal circumstances, you must reschedule your test to a later date, even if this means losing the test fee. Candidates who plan to take the test in the final weeks of testing but fall ill may not be able to reschedule within the test window. This is why UKCAT recommend that candidates take the test early in the cycle. It is probable that Universities will not consider such issues as mitigating circumstances.
If you are unable to sit the UKCAT throughout the test cycle because of a significant or unforeseen medical or personal issue you must contact us to see whether they we are able consider your application without a UKCAT result. We will require recent supporting medical evidence as part of that process.
Each university that you apply for will make its own decision consistent with its admission policy. If you are applying to several universities, you need to contact each separately.
Applicants applying to Aberdeen who have sat the UKCATSEN will need to supply evidence of the need for extra time in the form of a medical diagnosis or report from an appropriately qualified teacher or specialist. The evidence should include a statement on how much extra time the candidate has been allowed in examinations. The School of Medicine will consider whether to accept the evidence put forward as to why the candidate sat the UKCATSEN. If you need further advice, please email email@example.com
Candidates who have been allowed more than 25% extra time in examinations should be aware that they should discuss their support needs with the Disability team at the University of Aberdeen before application to ascertain what support arrangements the University could put in place for them, should they enter as a student.
More information and details of who to contact for advice can be found on the disabilities service website.