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How the ukcat results are used for admissions:-

University of Aberdeen, School of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“Candidates' UKCAT scores are considered in our selection for interview but are not the sole indicator for selection. In particular they are balanced against actual and predicted academic achievement. All indicators are considered together in deciding who will be selected for interview. Those invited to interview offer a broad range of UKCAT scores. For 2008 entry, the lowest average score for an applicant invited to interview was 513 and the highest 776. UCAS applications that offer suitable academic standards of qualifications are processed in four stages. Firstly, an academic score is given for attained or predicted qualifications (contributes up to 25% of total score). Secondly, the UCAS personal statement and reference are carefully evaluated and objectively scored (contributes up to 26% of total score). The third score is then given for attainment in the UKCAT. The score allocated is based upon an applicant’s overall performance in the UKCAT compared with the performance of all other applicants to Aberdeen. Achievements are ranked in quartiles and allocate the appropriate score, this contributes up to 4% of total score.
An overall score then determines which candidates are then selected for interview.
Each year we plan to interview about 600 applicants. Interviews take place between October and March and achieve the fourth objective score (Contributes up to 45% of total score). Ultimately, offers will be made to candidates who achieve an overall score that is greater than the designated threshold. Although some offers are made on a rolling basis, the majority are made in late March each year. ”

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

What they say about the UKCAT:
“At Barts and The London, we use the UKCAT mean score to indicate which
candidates to interview. Each year, based on the number of people whom we plan to invite to interview, after ranking the applicants for each programme we determine a UKCAT cut-off score for that programme.
Those who have achieved the top UKCAT scores and who have met the academic
entry requirements will be invited to attend an interview. The appropriate UKCAT
score will be determined by the performance of candidates each year, therefore there is no predetermined cut-off score for the UKCAT at which candidates will be interviewed. However, obviously, the higher your score the more likely you are to be interviewed and candidates with scores well below average are unlikely to be
interviewed. Barts and The London and Warwick Medical School operate a joint selection process for the 4 year GEP (A101) If you have applied to both medical schools in your UCAS application and you have been short listed by both schools, you will be invited to attend a Selection Centre at either Barts and The London or Warwick Medical School. You will receive separate decisions from the two schools. Our decision to invite you is based on your UCAS application and UKCAT score. Those who do not meet our entry criteria will NOT be interviewed even if they score very highly on the ukcat.


University of Birmingham, School of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“Birmingham is NOT in the UKCAT Consortium and does NOT use the UK Clinical
Aptitude Test (UKCAT) or any other admissions test.”

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

What they say about the UKCAT:
“All applicants to BSMS are required to take the UKCAT however, there is currently
no threshold. We only use the UKCAT once you have been interviewed, either if you are on borderline with other candidates to being offered a place here, or if you are already on our waiting list and a space has become available . A low UKCAT score does not mean that your application will automatically be made unsuccessful if you meet our other entry requirements. ”

University of Bristol, Faculty of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“Bristol do not currently require any admissions tests. We select applicants on the
basis of the UCAS form and then interview approximately the top 10% of applicants.

University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“The admissions test in use is the BMAT"


Cardiff University, School of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“In Cardiff, the UKCAT score is used in conjunction with a range of other academic
and non-academic assessments in the selection process. No absolute UKCAT
threshold is used”

University of Dundee, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing

What they say about the UKCAT:
“UKCAT scores are separated into quintiles and scored. Normally this is given a
weight of 20% but this may be higher in certain circumstances. There is no specific
cut off applied but obviously a high score is advantageous. Our analysis of 2010
applicants revealed that we interviewed few applicants with a UKCAT score below
2300 and the average for those gaining offers was over 2600. Applications without UKCAT will be rejected. ”

University of Durham

What they say about the UKCAT:
“Newcastle University and Durham University require valid UKCAT scores as part of
the entry requirements for medicine. For the A100 programme Newcastle and
Durham use the same UKCAT threshold to identify applicants for interview. The
UKCAT scores will be used to identify those we wish to interview. The UKCAT
threshold may differ in each admissions cycle as it is dependent on the scores
achieved by those applicants who apply to our Medical School in the current cycle. ”

University of East Anglia – Norwich Medical School

What they say about the UKCAT:
“We have not set a minimum cut-off score for the UKCAT test. We will be considering scores from the test alongside standard application and personal statement screening processes in the School. While a high UKCAT score could be
advantageous a low score will not automatically disqualify a candidate from
consideration, if the rest of the application is strong then the applicant could still be short-listed for interview with a lower test score. ”

The University of Edinburgh, The Faculty of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“The Selection Committee uses your UKCAT score to make a more informed
decision about your application. Once all the scores are received we rank them into four quartiles. Those applicants whose UKCAT scores come in the top quartile are allocated three points, second quartile are allocated two points, third quartile are allocated one point and the fourth quartile are not allocated any points. The points are then added to your total score to contribute towards your final ranking. Test results are worth 8% of the overall score of an application. The score an applicant actually achieved is looked at when final decisions are being made and there is a number of applicants with the same ranked score and limited places left to offer.


University of Glasgow, Faculty of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“The University of Glasgow Medical School considers applicants who meet minimum
academic entry requirements and who also possess a minimum overall UKCAT total
score consistent with the national average. Applicants that meet/are predicted to
achieve minimum entry requirements but are below the national average UKCAT
total score are unlikely to be considered further. Previous results have shown that
the national average UKCAT total score will be in the range of 2400-2500, however this varies year on year. Interviewees who meet/are predicted to achieve the minimum academic entry requirements will be ranked by UKCAT total score.
Depending on the number of applications the Medical School receives and the
standard of scores achieved in the UKCAT, the Medical School may need to increase the UKCAT total score requirement. Around 800 candidates for Medicine and 200 for Dentistry will be selected for interview from the top UKCAT total scorers.

Hull York Medical School

What they say about the UKCAT:
“If you have a total UKCAT score of less than 2000 or a score of less than 450 in any of the four cognitive subtests, your application won't normally be considered. If you meet these minimum requirements, we will award you up to 10 points based on your UKCAT score, as follows: 2000-2099 = 0, 2100-2199 = 1, 2200-2299 = 2, 2300- 2399 = 3, 2400-2499 = 4, 2500-2599 = 5, 2600-2699 = 6, 2700-2799 = 7, 2800-2899 = 8, 2900-2999 = 9, 3000+ = 10. We expect to invite around 550 applicants to interview and to make around 340 offers for a total of 140 places (including 10 international spaces). ”

Imperial College School of Medicine, London

What they say about the UKCAT:
“Applicants for Graduate Entry (A101) will be required to sit the UKCAT, applicants
for A100 (6 year MBBS/BSc) will take the BMAT instead of the UKCAT. The UKCAT
is deemed an invaluable tool in comparing suitability between candidates from
disparate academic backgrounds and candidates will not be called to interview if they perform badly in this test. Candidates meeting our minimum requirements will be ranked according to their UKCAT scores and the highest scorers will be selected for interview however no single factor is looked at in isolation when determining which candidates will be interviewed and a high UKCAT score will not guarantee an interview. Whilst it is likely that there will be a cut-off point below which candidates are not considered, it is likely to vary year on year. ”

Keele University, School of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“All applicants for courses A100 and A104 must undertake the UKCAT in the year of application. Applicants for the graduate fast track programme (A101) are required to undertake the GAMSAT. At Keele University School of Medicine we do not use an absolute UKCAT score cut off point in order to select candidates for interview. We consider carefully all aspects of each application before deciding on which candidates to invite for interview. Those invited to interview offer a broad range of UKCAT scores. We may use UKCAT scores to help us decide between borderline applicants who are competing for a limited number of places. The total UKCAT scores of students accepted onto the A100 course in 2010 ranged from 2150 to 3030. ”

King's College London School of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“Your UKCAT scores will be considered in our selection for interview. Normally,
candidates are selected from those with scores within the top 25% of the applicant pool. Within this group, all indicators are then considered for the final selection of interviewees.Your UKCAT scores will not be the sole indicator for selection. They will be balanced against achievement in other areas, in particular your academic performance to date. All indicators will be considered together in deciding who will be selected for interview. It is therefore important to understand that there is no universal 'cut off' score for the UKCAT. For example, if an applicant has an excellent academic background then the test scores will play a less significant part in selection. For those with weaker academic backgrounds (relative to our overall applicant pool)the scores will become more important. An applicant who may not normally be considered on academic grounds could be invited to interview on the strength of strong UKCAT scores that may indicate potential. Also, if applicants are very similar in all other ways, the score may be the determining factor in selection for interview. ”

University of Leeds, School of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“The scores will be looked at when selectors consider the rest of the application
alongside the personal statement, academic background and referee’s statement.
There is no cut-off point. ”


University of Leicester, Leicester Medical School

What they say about the UKCAT:
“We will reject any applicants who have not taken the UKCAT and have not been
classed as 'exempt' by obtaining an official exemption certificate number from
UKCAT. A maximum of 10 points will be allocated for the UKCAT score out of a total
score of 40. Unlike some medical schools we DO NOT have a fixed threshold for
UKCAT achievement. We band applicants according to the lowest UKCAT score as
follows: The UKCAT will be scored according to your lowest score of the 4 elements
as follows: 10 > or = 700, 9 > or = 650, 8 > or = 600, 7 > or = 550, 6 > or = 500, 5 > or = 450, 4 > or = 400, 3 > or = 350, 2 > or = 300, 1 > or = 250, 0 < 250. It is unlikely that an otherwise strong candidate would be rejected simply on the basis of the UKCAT score. ”

University of Liverpool, Faculty of Medicine


What they say about the UKCAT:
“The University does not normally require applicants to participate in any of the
national University entrance tests (UKCAT, BMAT, LNAT, etc). Depending on
individual circumstances, admissions staff may ask applicants to produce a piece of
written work, or sit an internal test, or undertake an internal assessment, in order to determine the standard that they have achieved.

University of Manchester, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences

What they say about the UKCAT:
“Applications are ranked by total UKCAT score. Top scoring applicants are invited for an interview, taking into account educational and demographic information for a full and rounded view of each applicant. It is important to note that the UKCAT threshold will vary each year depending on how many applications we receive and how they score on their UKCAT. As a guide, last year we interviewed candidates with a range of UKCAT scores between 1990 and 3160; the majority of applicants invited for interview had achieved a total UKCAT score of 2580 or above. ”

University of Newcastle, The Medical School

What they say about the UKCAT:
“Newcastle University and Durham University require valid UKCAT scores as part of
the entry requirements for medicine. For the A100 programme Newcastle and
Durham use the same UKCAT threshold to identify applicants for interview. The
UKCAT scores will be used to identify those we wish to interview. The UKCAT
threshold may differ in each admissions cycle as it is dependent on the scores
achieved by those applicants who apply to our Medical School in the current cycle. ”

The University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“We do NOT operate a threshold for the UKCAT test results. When marking your
application, we will mark each of the scores you received for the four cognitive
components of the UKCAT test, together with your personal statement, highest 8
GCSE's and answers to our on-line questionnaire. The total score an individual
gains is compared with all other applications and the 800 highest scoring applicants are invited for interview. ”

University of Oxford

What they say about the UKCAT:
“BMAT is used for Undergraduate Entry and the UKCAT for Graduate Entry. The
UKCAT score is one of several factors that we take into account when selecting
candidates for interview, and there is no score that will guarantee you an interview.
However, we would normally expect to interview candidates who perform particularly well in the test (by which we mean scoring in the top quarter of the applicants); and we would normally expect not to interview those whose scores fall below the top 40 per cent of the range of our candidates.
The UKCAT guidance on interpreting UKCAT scores used to list a range of 500–700
for each subtest as representing the “average” band. This range is no longer
explicitly stated in the UKCAT documentation, but as a general guide if you score
below this range you will probably not be among our stronger candidates. In practice in 2006 (when there were four sub-tests) we did not interview any candidates who scored below 2600 in total – i.e., an average of 650 per subtest. In 2007 (when there were three sub-tests), we did not interview any candidates who scored below 1950 in total (again, by chance, an average of 650); and we interviewed everyone with a total score above 2280 (760 per section). The figures for 2008 were broadly similar.
However, we include these figures only for guidance: the UKCAT score will be taken into account alongside other factors that we use when deciding which candidates to interview. It is not yet possible to know whether the distribution of scores will be the same every year. But, purely as a best guess based on previous year’s scores, it is likely that candidates who score below an average of 600 per section (2400, based on four sub-tests) in the UKCAT would have a fairly low chance of success on this course. ”

Peninsula Medical School

What they say about the UKCAT:
“UKCAT test results will be used, alongside the academic information contained on
your UCAS form to select for interview. You will be required to meet a minimum
standard in each of the four subtests, plus meet an overall target score which is set and reviewed annually by the Admissions Advisory Panel. ”

Queen's University Belfast, Faculty of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“UKCAT results will be considered alongside the other academic and non-academic
criteria which the Selectors for the Dentistry and Medicine degrees currently take into account. The test will therefore provide an additional objective measure which will assist in the selection of students best suited to undertake a Dental or Medical
degree. For undergraduate applicants UKCAT will be scored with an additional point given for every paper where the result is above average and a point taken away if the result is below average. This might therefore make a maximum difference of plus or minus 4 on a candidate’s GCSE points score. In addition, a candidate who meets the academic criteria for admission but whose UKCAT score falls below the 30th percentile will be interviewed. Graduate applicants who fulfil the minimum criteria are then shortlisted for interview and UKCAT performance is considered at this stage. ”

University of Sheffield, School of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“After the initial application assessment is complete, the UKCAT is then considered
when deciding who will be invited for interview, applicants will be ranked in order of their UCKAT score and on this basis, may be invited for interview. As we do not
receive the UKCAT results prior to application, we cannot predict the score needed to obtain an interview. We can however inform you that for entry to the A100 MBChB in 2011, candidates with a UKCAT score of 2870 and above were invited for interview. ”

University of Southampton, School of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“From 2011 onwards entry, the School of Medicine will use a UKCAT cut-off score for applications to the BM5 (A100) and BM4 (A101) programmes. Applicants to BM5
and BM4 programmes whose UKCAT results fall in the bottom quartile (25%) of the
overall national UKCAT results will not have their application considered any further.
We are unable to predict the actual cut-off score for 2012 entry until the scores are made available to us in November 2011. The cut-off score for 2011 entry for BM4 & BM5 was 2310.
The cut-off score does not apply to the BM6 (A102) programme, but the UKCAT
score will continue to be used alongside all other information as part of the BM6
selection process for 2011 entry. ”

University of St Andrews, Faculty of Medical Sciences

What they say about the UKCAT:
“At St Andrews we use the UKCAT in two ways; firstly we set a cut off for the overall UKCAT score and applicants obtaining a score below that will not be considered for interview or a medical place. A cut off score for each admissions cycle will be decided upon once all applications have been received and it will be based on the national average which, in the past, has been in the range of 2400 - 2500. A cutoff was first used in 2011 when the cut off was 2457. Applicants who scored below the cutoff point were not considered further but a UKCAT score higher than the cut off did not guarantee an interview. Secondly, at St Andrews the UKCAT score will be used as part of an applicant’s overall ranking following interview. The UKCAT score will be worth 15% of an overall admissions score. That percentage will be generated by a points system whereby applicant scores will be ranked and divided into bandings with points allocated per banding. ”

St George's, University of London

What they say about the UKCAT:
“We do not use the UKCAT score to select students for interview, so do not have a
cut-off score for the test. UKCAT results are used in borderline cases after interview and to order our post-interview waiting list. ”

Swansea University, School of Medicine

What they say about the UKCAT:
“Applicants are required to sit the GAMSAT. The assessment for admission to this
programme is based on your UCAS form and an interview, as well as your GAMSAT
result. ”

University College London, University College Medical School

What they say about the UKCAT:
“The BMAT is compulsory for all UCL Medicine applicants.”

University of Warwick , Warwick Medical School

What they say about the UKCAT:
Barts and The London and Warwick Medical School operate a joint selection process for the 4 year GEP (A101) If you have applied to both medical schools in your UCAS application and you have been short listed by both schools, you will be invited to attend a Selection Centre at either Barts and The London or Warwick Medical School. You will receive separate decisions from the two schools. Our decision to invite you is based on your UCAS application and UKCAT score. Those who do not meet our entry criteria will NOT be interviewed even if they score very highly on the UKCAT. ”

I hope this helps everyone regarding what universities to put down as a choice.
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This is realllyy helpfull.

Thank you very much
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**** me, nice one firestar!
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**** me, nice one firestar!
Thanks, brother beska. Do you know how I can put this thread as a sticky, so it is at the top of medicine forum. I think only a moderator can do it though. As, I think this thread could potentially help a lot of applicants, especially after they sit the ukcat test quite soon.
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Thanks, brother beska. Do you know how I can put this thread as a sticky, so it is at the top of medicine forum. I think only a moderator can do it though. As, I think this thread could potentially help a lot of applicants, especially after they sit the ukcat test quite soon.
Only mods can put as sticky, but I think this might be a useful addition somewhere to the UKCAT wiki page.
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Only mods can put as sticky, but I think this might be a useful addition somewhere to the UKCAT wiki page.
Done :smug:

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Done :smug:

Nice one firestar :yep:
Anything for you, penguin.
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Very good idea, this could become very useful.
Queens belfast are changing their admissions process (and use of UKCAT) for 2012, so it's a bit different to what's on here.
all the details are here:http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/me...ents/Applying/
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Very good idea, this could become very useful.
Queens belfast are changing their admissions process (and use of UKCAT) for 2012, so it's a bit different to what's on here.
all the details are here:http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/me...ents/Applying/
Will there still be excessive emphasis on GCSEs?
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Will there still be excessive emphasis on GCSEs?
Apparently they are trying to move away from that, they will still have a points based cut-off but the UKCAT is now much more important. I think kings have a similar system in that if you have excellent GCSE's and a below average UKCAT you can get an interview and vice versa, but nobody knows what the cut-off point will be because it's a new system. I have 3A*'s and 6A's at GCSE and I won't be applying regardless of UKCAT because to get on the same points as someone with 6-7A*'s and an average UKCAT (basically the type of person queens have been taking in) I would need an excellent UKCAT, probably 6 points on their scale which would need an average of 725 at least and even then there is no guarantee of an interview.
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Hi, i was wondering if you take the ukcat exam at the end of july, when will you get your results? If they are bad will you be able to retake the ukcat? Also if you receive a bursary to pay for the cost to sit the ukcat can i do the one in september?
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Hi, i was wondering if you take the ukcat exam at the end of july, when will you get your results? If they are bad will you be able to retake the ukcat? Also if you receive a bursary to pay for the cost to sit the ukcat can i do the one in september?
You get your results immediately. As, soon as you are finished, you get a sheet of paper with your total on it.

You can only sit the ukcat once.
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St george's will use the ukcat this year, they have a cut off.
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i'm really bad at maths and i've forgotten pretty much all my GCSE maths and i can't face the quantitative section, whats usually the average score in the quantitative section?
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Where can I find a list of places what're I can take the ukcat test
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Where can I find a list of places where I can take the ukcat test?
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Where can I find a list of places where I can take the ukcat test?
Just go on the UKCAT website and there will be a list of centres.


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Where can I find a list of places where I can take the ukcat test?
Actually sorry I was wrong, if you go on the Pearson Vue website (that's the company that runs the test centres) you will be able to find the list of centres.


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