UCAT Test Format

Details of the 2023 UCAT test cycle are being finalised and will be published on the website in due course.

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.  There are four cognitive subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning) and a fifth non-cognitive subtest of Situational Judgement.

Each year we create a number of forms of the test drawn from a large question bank.  The test form that you sit 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.

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.  Candidates can apply for Access Arrangements to sit an extended version of the test if they have a documented medical condition or disability. 

UCAT Subtests


UCAT Timings

Verbal Reasoning
Assesses your ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.


21 minutes

Decision Making
Assesses your ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.


31 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning
Assesses your ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.


25 minutes

Abstract Reasoning
Assesses your use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.


12 minutes

Situational Judgement
Measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.


26 minutes

Detailed descriptions of each subtest can be found below.

Verbal Reasoning

Decision Making

Quantitative Reasoning

Abstract Reasoning

Situational Judgement Test