UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test)
What is the UCAT?
The (UCAT) UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is committed to achieving greater fairness in selection to medicine and dentistry and to the widening participation in medical and dental training of under-represented social groups.
The UCAT (formerly UKCAT) was established in 2006 to help universities achieve greater fairness in selection. Around 37,000 candidates sit the test each year as part of their application to courses in medicine and dentistry.
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a computer-based admissions test, used by a consortium of UK Universities and non-UK associate member universities to help select applicants for their medical and dental degree programmes.
What to do on the Day of UCAT Test?
Candidates who take our test early do better! Getting it out of the way will allow you to concentrate on other things (such as your UCAS application!). If you book early you will have your choice of test slots and if you then feel unwell or unprepared you can reschedule your ukcat test. This might not be easy in the final weeks of testing.
If you are not well, reschedule your test to a later date – even if you lose your test fee. In presenting yourself for testing, you are declaring yourself fit. We will not consider health issues as extenuating circumstances.
Make sure you are given a laminated booklet and pen before the test starts.
Ask for earplugs and/or headphones if you think you may find other candidates arriving/leaving disturbing.
How to Master UKCAT test:
Good multiple-choice questions include answer options that are wrong but almost right. Work hard to find them and eliminate them. Questions like these are not tricks. Accept that one (and only one) of the answers to each question is correct. All the questions have been thoroughly checked.
Many candidates do not complete all sections in the test. Use the practice test to ensure you know how to pace yourself. Try to answer all the questions but don’t worry if you don’t get to the end of each section.
There is a point for each right answer, but no points are deducted for wrong answers – we do not use negative marking. Try not to leave blanks. If you really can’t work out the answer, it is better to eliminate the answers that you know to be wrong and then make your best guess from those that are left.
If you are struggling with a question we would advise you to make your best guess and move on. You can flag it for review if you want to come back to it later.
Finally, stay calm in the test. Prepare, pace yourself and move on if you’re struggling. It is inevitable you will find some questions and sections easier than others.
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