Parent's Guide: UCAT

Tamsin Dyer

Tamsin Dyer

Senior Writer at Medic Mind

UCAT Overview

The University Clinical Aptitude Test, or UCAT as it is more commonly known, is an admissions tests that most universities use to assess your child’s application to medical school. It is a computer based examination that your child will be able to sit at a local test centre operated by Pearsons (Same as the venues for driving theory tests). 

The examination consists of 5 sections; verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement. 

Once your child has completed the examination they will receive their test results while still at the test centre, which is a number between 300-900 for all sections of the exam, except for situational judgement where they will receive a band rather than a number. THese scores are then used by universities to shortlist applicants for interview. 

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Key UCAT Dates 2019

You are able to sit the UCAT at any time between 1st July and 2nd October, however unlike the BMAT you will need to register and book your child’s UCAT examination through and online booking system. Therefore the following dates are essential to be aware of:

  • Registration for UCAT and Bursary scheme opens: 1st May
  • UCAT testing begins: 1st July
  • UCAT registration and online booking system closes: 18th September 
  • UCAT booking deadline: 1st October
  • Final UCAT testing and Bursary deadline: 2nd October

UCAT Costs

As ever it is important to consider the costs of your child applying to medical school, and the application process itself is no exception. The UCAT examination does offer a bursary scheme, which you can find more information about on their website. Below are the standard prices of the UCAT taken in 2019:

£65UCAT tests taken in the EU between 1st July and 31st August
£87UCAT tests taken in the EU between 1st September and 2nd October
£115UCAT tests taken outside of the EU
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    How can I support my child in the UCAT

    Supporting your child through the UCAT and in their medical application can feel daunting, but that is what we here at Medic Mind are for. We are here to guide not only your child, but you too through the journey that is getting into medical school. 

    The UCAT has so many sections that it can be hard to know where to start with studying for it. Many parents opt for buying books full of practice questions with hints and tips for their child to get quicker and more accurate at answering the questions. 

    At Medic Mind we also offer UCAT support with our 1-1 tutoring, as well as our online course. With our help students who use Medic Mind score on average 720 in their UCAT, which is a highly competitive UCAT score.

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