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UKCAT Test Format

The UKCAT paper is divided into 5 sections:-



Time (UKCAT)


Average Score

Verbal Reasoning


22 minutes

28 minutes


Quantitative Reasoning


25 minutes

31.5 minutes


Abstract Reasoning


14 minutes

17.5 minutes


Decision Making


32 minutes

39 minutes


Situational Judgement Test


27 minutes

34 minutes


What is the UKCAT test like?

It is a 2 hour long online test. The UKCAT is divided into five sections. The questions are in the MCQ format.

To see what an online test looks like, take the familiarity tour.

What does each UKCAT Section test?

  • Verbal Reasoning – assesses your ability to read and think logically about information presented in a passage.
  • Quantitative Reasoning – assesses your ability to solve numerical problems.
  • Abstract Reasoning – assesses your ability to identify patterns amongst abstract shapes.
  • Decision Analysis – assesses your ability to decipher codes and make decisions with ambiguous information.
  • Situational Judgement Test – assess your handling of situations related to the work environment.


How to prepare for the UKCAT?

Although there is no syllabus to learn or revise, the UKCAT is a tightly timed test that needs serious preparation. Practise sample tests to familiarise yourself with the different question style of each section, the MCQ format and the online testing environment.

If you have never sat for an online test before and are apprehensive about the whole experience, sit for a simulated online UKCAT test.


Who can apply for the UKCAT?

All candidates from the UK and EU and most international candidates can sit for the UKCAT to study medicine or dentistry in 26 of the 31 UK Universities offering medicine and health science courses.

International students:

A majority of students from all other countries (excluding UK and EU) are also eligible to take the UKCAT. Check for more detailed information on the eligibility criteria for international students.

When to sit for the UKCAT?

If you want to apply in 2016 for entry into the listed UK universities in 2017 or for deferred entry in 2018, you will have to take the UKCAT before the declared October 2016 deadline.

I am from a non-science stream. Can I apply?

Yes, definitely. The joint consortium of UK Universities has not made it compulsory for students to have curriculum knowledge of science subjects. UKCAT questions are designed to test your aptitude for the medical profession.

How long can you use your UKCAT score?

Your UKCAT score is valid for applying to the individual UK universities only in the year in which the test is taken. That means, if you are applying to University of Glasgow in the year 2016, you will need to sit for UKCAT this year.

How to register for the UKCAT?

Registration can be done through online only. Registrations for the UKCAT open on 3rd May and continue till 21st September. Register and book a test as soon as possible to get a test date and time slot of your choice.

To register for the UKCAT, log on to the official UKCAT website.

I did not do well in my first attempt at UKCAT. Can I re-sit the test?

With the Prepgenie UKCAT Test Preparation to guide you through each step, nothing can stop from getting through UKCAT. In the rare case, you don’t make it through in the very first attempt; you may apply the next year and re sit UKCAT. You can take the UKCAT only once per year.

Did you know?

You can also sit for UMAT (The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test). It is the med entrance test you must take before applying to the undergraduate medicine and health science courses in most institutions in Australia and New Zealand. It is held by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) on behalf of the joint consortium of Universities in Australia and New Zealand. For more details, log onto the official UMAT website .

Another test you can sit for is BMAT (The BioMedical Admissions Test), an aptitude test used as part of the admissions process for applying to the medicine, veterinary medicine or physiological science courses in these UK universities: Imperial College London, Royal Veterinary College, University College London, University of Cambridge, and University of Oxford. For more details, log onto the official BMAT website.


A complete list of the UK Universities that use UKCAT scores in their admission process:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Durham
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • Hull York Medical School
  • Keele University
  • King’s College London
  • Imperial College London Graduate Entry
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford Graduate Entry
  • Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St Andrews
  • St George’s, University of London
  • Warwick University Graduate Entry


UKCAT Testing begins01 July 2016
Registration deadline3rd May to 21st Sept 2016
Last UKCAT testing dateCloses on 06 Oct 2016
UCAS application deadline15 Oct 2016


Did you know?

  • You can sit for the UKCAT only once per year.
  • You can use an onscreen basic calculator for UKCAT Subtest 2 (Quantitative reasoning).
  • The non-cognitive analysis section of the UKCAT test is not scored. You are given a brief character assessment.
  • There are over 150 UKCAT test centres in the UK alone.
  • Disabled candidates can opt to sit for the UKCATSEN – Special Educational Needs (SEN) test, an alternative version of the UKCAT. The content and format of the test is the same as UKCAT, but the time limit is greater for those with special needs.
  • In 2008 only about 9,000 of the total 21,000 applicants managed to get a berth in a UK med school.


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