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Does anyone use UCAT as a factor in making offers?

In the happy event of an exceptionally high UCAT score, are there any medical schools that will use that as a factor in deciding to make an offer?

Obviously UCAT scores are a key consideration in inviting to interview, but it seems like if you meet the threshold there is no further advantage in having a really high score.

Birmingham and Sheffield and possibly others use SJT banding as an extra virtual MMI station in interview.

It seems like some other medical schools may use academic performance including UCAT as part of a tie breaker of equally ranked candidates after interview.

Are there any other places that a candidate with an unusually high score should consider? Apologies if this question is more suited to the megathread, but I would prefer to keep other information about this application private at this stage, and that thread requires full disclosure.
Original post by Graham_S
In the happy event of an exceptionally high UCAT score, are there any medical schools that will use that as a factor in deciding to make an offer?

Obviously UCAT scores are a key consideration in inviting to interview, but it seems like if you meet the threshold there is no further advantage in having a really high score.

Birmingham and Sheffield and possibly others use SJT banding as an extra virtual MMI station in interview.

It seems like some other medical schools may use academic performance including UCAT as part of a tie breaker of equally ranked candidates after interview.

Are there any other places that a candidate with an unusually high score should consider? Apologies if this question is more suited to the megathread, but I would prefer to keep other information about this application private at this stage, and that thread requires full disclosure.


I’m aware that some use the sjt but none that use that actual UCAT score when making an offer ?
Original post by Graham_S
In the happy event of an exceptionally high UCAT score, are there any medical schools that will use that as a factor in deciding to make an offer?

Obviously UCAT scores are a key consideration in inviting to interview, but it seems like if you meet the threshold there is no further advantage in having a really high score.

Birmingham and Sheffield and possibly others use SJT banding as an extra virtual MMI station in interview.

It seems like some other medical schools may use academic performance including UCAT as part of a tie breaker of equally ranked candidates after interview.

Are there any other places that a candidate with an unusually high score should consider? Apologies if this question is more suited to the megathread, but I would prefer to keep other information about this application private at this stage, and that thread requires full disclosure.


uea definitely use ucat as 50% of post interview scoring, aston use gcses and ucat as 75% of post interview scoring i think
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HYMS add points to your interview scpre for SJT bands. Similar to sheffield and others who treat QR as virtual mmi station. Some use sections as tie breakers (esp VR).

The only one I am aware of that adds UCAT directly to the interview score is UEA at 50% last year. Some others use it as a ranking factor for waitlisters.

If you are in the fortunate position of an exceptionally high UCAT other than UEA (if you like it) is to make sure that you have applied strategically enough that you can practically guarantee yourself an interview. And then prep like a mad thing to smash the interview.

Good luck !

Nb to add, if you have achieved A levels check Leicester selection policy. Was guaranteed interview for top deciles in previous years
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They don't give offers out based on UCAT scores per se BUT they also kind of do with how the admissions process...

(Most, not all) unis now rank applicants largely based on their UCAT score (+ also GCSEs, etc...) and then chronologically invite them in batches from highest to lowest scores, therefore the for first batch of interviewees there are more spots on the course available and so applicants are more likely to get a offer. However as more applicants accept offers there are less spots up for grabs so unis give out increasing less offers per batch. So if you are in the lowest UCAT batch, there are the same amount of people competing for even less spots... Therefore for those in the batch with the highest UCAT scores it is easier to get an offer than those in the batch in the lowest UCAT scores.

That being said, those with high UCAT scores may also get multiple offers so may free up some spots for lower UCAT score holders...
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Original post by toothysmile
They don't give offers out based on UCAT scores per se BUT they also kind of do with how the admissions process...

(Most, not all) unis now rank applicants largely based on their UCAT score (+ also GCSEs, etc...) and then chronologically invite them in batches from highest to lowest scores, therefore the for first batch of interviewees there are more spots on the course available and so applicants are more likely to get a offer. However as more applicants accept offers there are less spots up for grabs so unis give out increasing less offers per batch. So if you are in the lowest UCAT batch, there are the same amount of people competing for even less spots... Therefore for those in the batch with the highest UCAT scores it is easier to get an offer than those in the batch in the lowest UCAT scores.

That being said, those with high UCAT scores may also get multiple offers so may free up some spots for lower UCAT score holders...


This is not the case.
Med schools decide how many interviews they are going to do, make the cut off the number that would have the right number of people above it and then all of those interviewed have an equal chance of an offer.
A later interview does not mean you are less likely to get an offer than somebody else with the same interview performance who was interviewed immediately
Reply 6
Original post by Graham_S
In the happy event of an exceptionally high UCAT score, are there any medical schools that will use that as a factor in deciding to make an offer?

Obviously UCAT scores are a key consideration in inviting to interview, but it seems like if you meet the threshold there is no further advantage in having a really high score.

Birmingham and Sheffield and possibly others use SJT banding as an extra virtual MMI station in interview.

It seems like some other medical schools may use academic performance including UCAT as part of a tie breaker of equally ranked candidates after interview.

Are there any other places that a candidate with an unusually high score should consider? Apologies if this question is more suited to the megathread, but I would prefer to keep other information about this application private at this stage, and that thread requires full disclosure.


Aberdeen and Edinburgh both also use pre-interview score as 50% of post interview scoring, but Aberdeen uses 60% A levels and 40% UCAT and Edinburgh uses UCAT, A levels, GCSEs and SJT (plus needs ridiculous stats across the board if RUK), so you need other stats to be good as well as just UCAT.
Reply 7
Thanks everyone, that’s all very helpful. UEA looked great when we visited, so that’s excellent news. We hadn’t previously considered Edinburgh so we’ll take a look.
Reply 8
Original post by toothysmile
They don't give offers out based on UCAT scores per se BUT they also kind of do with how the admissions process...

(Most, not all) unis now rank applicants largely based on their UCAT score (+ also GCSEs, etc...) and then chronologically invite them in batches from highest to lowest scores, therefore the for first batch of interviewees there are more spots on the course available and so applicants are more likely to get a offer. However as more applicants accept offers there are less spots up for grabs so unis give out increasing less offers per batch. So if you are in the lowest UCAT batch, there are the same amount of people competing for even less spots... Therefore for those in the batch with the highest UCAT scores it is easier to get an offer than those in the batch in the lowest UCAT scores.

That being said, those with high UCAT scores may also get multiple offers so may free up some spots for lower UCAT score holders...


This isnt the case. They decide how many to invite to interview (their cut off be it UCAT or a locally determined score). Then invite people to interview. Some let everbody know on the same day if they have an interview or not (sheffield for example) others release the interview slots in batches. These could be home/international, gap year /older etc like Southampton, or in some wierd mysterious way of their own which seems to have more to do with the individuals who manage the particular applications - Liverpool for example. The last way generates a lot of discussion on the med schools threads as people try to second guess the system. And can leave some people hanging around for quite some time waiting to find out.

In any event the time in the year you have your invite does not determine your chances of getting a space.


OP. If very strong UCAT, and good academic profile, might be worth looking at Sheffield and Bristol who do a straight UCAT ranking with a moderate cut off. Think Sheffield was around 2860 or so and Bristol was 2900 plus I think. Wherever you consider read the selection policies in great detail as there may be trip ups in there which you will spot but nobody else knows. Also you may find having a dig around on whatdotheyknow once you have honed your choices down.

Sheffield include QR score as part of interview score and look at/score SJT in their post interview offer ranking. So can use UCAT that way. They also give you the questions in advance for interview which is either a blessing or a curse.
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Reply 9
Great stuff. Thank you.

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