UCAT Scoring

The UCAT is marked on the number of correct answers you give.  There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.  Your performance on one question does not influence which other questions are presented.

Cognitive Subtest Scoring

As the number of questions varies between the four cognitive subtests it is not possible to make a direct comparison of the raw marks between these subtests. Raw marks are therefore converted to scale scores that share a common range from 300 to 900.

A total scale score is generated by summing the individual scale scores of Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning.  In 2021 a total scale score ranges from 1200 to 3600. 

Cognitive Subtests

Questions

Scale Score Range 

Marking

Verbal Reasoning

44

300 - 900

Questions are worth 1 mark each.

Decision Making

29

300 - 900

Single answer questions are worth 1 mark.

Multiple statement questions are worth 2 marks. 

1 mark is awarded to partially correct responses on the multiple-statement questions.

Quantitative Reasoning

36

300 - 900

Questions are worth 1 mark each.

Abstract Reasoning

50

300 - 900

Questions are worth 1 mark each.


Situational Judgement Scoring

Within the Situational Judgement Test, full marks are awarded for a question if your response matches the correct answer and partial marks awarded if your response is close to the correct answer.

Scores for the Situational Judgement Test are expressed in one of four bands, with band 1 being the highest.  Alongside your band, you are given an interpretation of your performance:

Band 1

Those in Band 1 demonstrated an excellent level of performance, showing similar judgement in most cases to the panel of experts.

Band 2

Those in Band 2 demonstrated a good, solid level of performance, showing appropriate judgement frequently, with many responses matching model answers.

Band 3

Those in Band 3 demonstrated a modest level of performance, with appropriate judgement shown for some questions and substantial differences from ideal responses for others.

Band 4

The performance of those in Band 4 was low, with judgement tending to differ substantially from ideal responses in many cases.

As the Situational Judgement test is a measure of non-cognitive attributes, it will be considered by universities in a different manner to the cognitive subtests. Please refer to their websites for more details.

You can also find information on how universities use the UCAT in their selection processes on this page: How Universities Use the UCAT.