How Universities use the UCAT
UCAT results are made available before the UCAS deadline and you should use them to help inform your UCAS choices, otherwise you might be wasting an application.
Our universities provide information on their websites regarding how they use the test in admissions. Each year we collate this information for candidates:
HOW UNIVERSITIES USE THE UKCAT: 2019 ENTRY (2020 entry version coming soon)
The Medical Schools Council (MSC) also publish a booklet about entry requirements:
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR UK MEDICAL SCHOOLS: 2020 ENTRY
Some Universities may provide indicative scores, based on previous years' experience to guide candidates in relation to their admission requirements. Such scores may be subject to change in 2019. Universities will indicate on their websites if this is the case.
For some the UCAT score is a significant factor in their consideration of applications. For others it may be a less significant factor or only used in marginal situations. Most universities consider the total score (i.e. the score after each of the cognitive subtest scores have been added together). Some however do look at individual subtest scores and may even have a cut-off score for a particular subtest.
Some universities have a threshold score that candidates have to achieve in order to be considered further in their admission processes. This score is often determined each year but universities will usually indicate on their website threshold scores that have been used in previous years.
Other universities use the UCAT alongside factors such as academic achievement, personal statement and interview performance. The factor may be significant or may contribute a small amount to the final outcome.
Some universities use the score (sometimes in addition to the above uses) to discriminate between candidates who have ‘scored’ equally at some point in the process. The UCAT score provides an additional way of ranking such candidates in order to decide who can proceed to the next stage.
A small number of universities use the test to provide opportunities to candidates who perhaps would not have progressed to interview (for example) using traditional selection methods. This may advantage candidates who have not have achieved the highest academic score but have performed particularly well in the UCAT.