UCAT Test Format
The UCAT assesses a range of mental abilities identified by university medical and dental schools as important.
The test consists of five separately timed subtests in multiple-choice format:
- Verbal Reasoning assesses your ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form
- Decision Making assess your ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information
- Quantitative Reasoning assesses your ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form
- Abstract Reasoning assesses your use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information
- Situational Judgement measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them
The standard test is 2 hours. Once the test has started it cannot be paused but each subtest is preceded by a 1 minute instruction section.
|UCAT Subtests||Questions||Test Time||Score|
|Verbal Reasoning||44||21 minutes||300 - 900|
|Decision Making||29||31 minutes||300 - 900|
|Quantitative Reasoning||36||25 minutes||300 - 900|
|Abstract Reasoning||50||12 minutes||300 - 900|
|Situational Judgement||69||26 minutes||Bands 1 - 4|
Each year several test forms are created, drawn from a large question bank. The test form that a candidate sits is selected at random and within each subtest questions are presented randomly. This ensures that every candidate's test experience is different.
All test forms are equated and balanced to ensure that the scaled scores that candidates receive are equivalent between forms. Questions in the UCAT have been pretested and have passed rigorous data analysis and statistical screening.
Detailed information on how the UCAT is scored is here.
The information below provides an overview of the five subtests. More detailed information can be found in the Question Tutorials. The tutorials include general advice on how to approach the test as well as in-depth tips and strategies on how to approach and answer each of the different question types within all five subtests.