The University Clinical Aptitude Test is used in the selection process by the majority of UK University Medical and Dental Schools.

About the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by a consortium of UK Universities for their medical and dental degree programmes.

The UCAT helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers.  It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as the UCAS application and academic qualifications.

It is also your opportunity to stand out from other applicants and demonstrate your aptitude for a demanding programme of study.

The UCAT is a computer-based test.  In 2020 all candidates will have the choice to sit the test either at home using Pearson VUE’s online proctoring service (OnVUE) or (as in the past) at a Pearson VUE Test Centre.  There is no difference in content between a test sat at home (we call this UCAT Online) and one taken in a test centre.     

More detailed information about the UCAT 2020 can be found here

Prior to 2019 the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) was known as the UKCAT.  Whilst the name has changed, the test content remains the same.