University Clinical Aptitude Test.
UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. It's an admissions test used by a number of UK Medical Schools. The test is done on a computer in a test centre. The centres can be found throughout the UK and internationally.
The test itself lasts two hours. It consists of five separately timed subtests which assess a range of mental aptitudes identified by university medical and dental schools as important. Each subtest follows a multiple-choice format.
Please note: prior to 2019 the UCAT was known as the UKCAT. While the name has changed, the test content remains the same.
The UCAT helps medical schools select applicants with the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required for new doctors to be successful in their clinical careers.
The subsections are:
The UCAT does not test any curriculum or science knowledge.
The UCAT is taken at around the same time as you are preparing and submitting your UCAS application. For Aston Medical School applications we require you take the UCAT test in the same year of application, meaning you would take your UCAT in the summer/early autumn in the year before your course starts.
We do not provide specific score requirements for the UCAT as your score will be considered alongside all other entry requirements. Therefore we do not have a lower cut-off score for UCAT or the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) section of the UCAT.
The Preparation section of the UCAT website provides a wide range of information. This includes complete guidance on what to expect, practice tests and tips from medical students who have previously undertaken the test.
It costs between £55 and £115 to take the UCAT (subject to change by UCAT), depending on when you take the test and whether you take the test in the UK/EU or elsewhere in the world. Find out more here, as well as information on bursary schemes to cover the cost of the test.
Candidates with disabilities may be eligible to take the UCATSEN (University Clinical Aptitude Test Special Educational Needs), or request that UCAT make adjustments to meet particular needs. Candidates who do not think that the UCATSEN or special examination arrangements will meet their particular needs should contact UCAT directly and present supporting evidence.
Should UCAT not be able to provide the necessary adjustments, please contact Aston Medical School prior to the end of the UCAT testing cycle, with both your supporting evidence and confirmation from UCAT of their inability to accommodate your requirements. Aston Medical School will confirm whether or not they will accept your application without a UCAT test result. We will not consider any requests received after the end of the UCAT testing cycle, or requests without supporting evidence as well as the relevant confirmation from UCAT.
Visit the UCAT website for lots more information including how to prepare, what to do on the day of the test and test centre locations. The Medic Portal website also has advice and guidance on preparing for the UCAT.