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

Scoring and Marking

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.

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 2019 a total scale score ranges from 1200 to 3600.

Cognitive Subtests


Scale Score Range  


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


300 - 900

Questions are worth 1 mark each.

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


300 - 900

Questions with one correct answer are worth 1 mark. 

Questions with multiple statements are worth 2 marks.  One mark is awarded to partially correct responses on the multiple-statement questions. 

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


300 - 900

Questions are worth 1 mark each.

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


300 - 900

Questions are worth 1 mark each.

Total Scale Score Range


1200 - 3600


Situational Judgement Test

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. 

Raw scores for the Situational Judgement subtest are expressed in one of four bands, with band 1 being the highest.  Alongside your band, you will be 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.