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Thoughts on UCAT deciles

https://www.ucat.ac.uk/results/test-statistics/

Have been thinking about UCAT deciles as published. It states that each decile reflects 10% of applicants. That bit I get.

But if that is the case does this mean that (rough rounding)

- if 36374 in total took it one percent is 364 people
- if 36374 in total took it one decile is 3637

- So 3637 got 10th decile of over 2890.
- Safe to assume most people in this category might apply to one or more UCAT unis.

- 9th decile = 13 ten point jumps so approx av 280 per 10 point jump
- 8 decile = av 404 per 10 point jump
- 7 decile = av 404
- 6 decile = av 519
- 5 decile = av 454
- 4 decile = av 454
- 3 decile = av 404
- 2 decile = av 280

- 3637 between 1200 and 2120.

Not everybody who sat the UCAT was looking to apply to medicine some will be doing dentistry. Any idea of the split?

Not everybody who sat the UCAT will decide to apply to uni this year.

I know most of what I have said is irrelevant as it’s down to who applies and where, but is it broadly logical?
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Original post by George&Mary44!
https://www.ucat.ac.uk/results/test-statistics/

Have been thinking about UCAT deciles as published. It states that each decile reflects 10% of applicants. That bit I get.

But if that is the case does this mean that (rough rounding)

- if 36374 in total took it one percent is 364 people
- if 36374 in total took it one decile is 3637

- So 3637 got 10th decile of over 2890.
- Safe to assume most people in this category might apply to one or more UCAT unis.

- 9th decile = 13 ten point jumps so approx av 280 per 10 point jump
- 8 decile = av 404 per 10 point jump
- 7 decile = av 404
- 6 decile = av 519
- 5 decile = av 454
- 4 decile = av 454
- 3 decile = av 404
- 2 decile = av 280

- 3637 between 1200 and 2120.

Not everybody who sat the UCAT was looking to apply to medicine some will be doing dentistry. Any idea of the split?

Not everybody who sat the UCAT will decide to apply to uni this year.

I know most of what I have said is irrelevant as it’s down to who applies and where, but is it broadly logical?


It is logical - sadly, many med schools do not understand it, or use their own deciles. Or call deciles something that is split into 24!

I think about 9000 apply for Dentistry and they all need UCAT now

It is a normal distribution curve, so at either end, the "10 point jump" bit will probably not follow that rigidly, as it tails off rapidly
Original post by GANFYD
It is logical - sadly, many med schools do not understand it, or use their own deciles. Or call deciles something that is split into 24!

I think about 9000 apply for Dentistry and they all need UCAT now

It is a normal distribution curve, so at either end, the "10 point jump" bit will probably not follow that rigidly, as it tails off rapidly


Thanks GANFYD. Useful to know. That brings the numbers of people per ten point increase down a fair bit if I took the dentistry component out.

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