UCAT

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

Adviser Resources

The information below is subject to change.  Details of the 2020 test cycle will be updated in April 2020.

Schools and Colleges can access these resources for advising prospective test takers about the UCAT.

2019 OFFICIAL GUIDE

The 2019 official guide contains definitive information regarding the test including over 130 practice items. Click the icon for an interactive version online or download a PDF.  

QUESTION TUTORIAL

An interactive tutorial which includes general advice on how to approach the test as well as strategies on how to approach and answer questions in the Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement subtests. 

TOUR TUTORIAL

A tutorial which illustrates all the functions used in our computer-based tests including how to answer and review questions.

PRESENTATION

You are welcome to download and use our PowerPoint presentation to give students an overview of the UCAT.

Additional useful materials:

PDF of UCAT Poster (A3)

PDF of UCAT Leaflet

UCAT 2019 Preparation Plan

 

Commercial Preparation Materials

Careers Advisers should be aware that whilst there are many commercial companies publishing books and offering coaching for our tests, the UCAT Consortium does not work with any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials. Taking advantage of these opportunities can cost candidates a great deal of money and we would advise them to be sceptical about claims they can help students do well in the test by coaching.

Commercial organisations will be using questions that are not necessarily of the standard they will encounter in the UCAT and this may distort their performance whilst practising. Screen views may be different and commercial organisations are unlikely to include the new question types which they may encounter in their test. They may also not replicate the UCAT scoring and banding accurately and may give misleading indicators of candidates anticipated UCAT scores.

There is also lots of advice available for free on the web regarding approaches to the test and many sources of free practice questions. However, unless the material has been published very recently it is unlikely to include the correct test content, test questions, etc.

We therefore strongly advise candidates to use the official Practice Tests and Question Banks on our website, and to be cautious about using resources from any commercial providers as these are not affiliated with UCAT in any way.