About The UCAT

Students planning to pursue medicine or dentistry in the UK at the undergraduate level are required to take either the UCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) or the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) as an admissions test. Although more schools use the UCAT for admissions, many candidates take both the tests in order to maximize their choice from a larger university pool (the tests cannot be substituted for each other).

Students are only allowed to take both exams once per admission cycle. The results from each exam are valid for only the admissions cycle in which the exam was taken, or for one or more than one year (for students applying as deferred entries).

The UCAT Subtests

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning subtest of the UCAT determines your skills in critically evaluating written information by assessing your logical-thinking skills. This section requires students to be very discerning in order to understand the information the passage provide.

Quantitative Reasoning

The UCAT Quantitative Reasoning subtest assesses logical-thinking abilities with regards to critically evaluating quantitative information. The section itself covers three major topic areas – problem solving, medical & research applications and data interpretation.

Decision Making

The Decision Making subtest evaluates the application of logic to arrive at a conclusion, as well as consider arguments and statistics.  Questions will be associated with either text, charts, graphs, tables, or diagrams, with additional information embedded within the question itself.

Situational Judgement

The Situational Judgement subtest measures your ability to recognise important factors in real world situations and comprehending ways to resolve conflicts. It also determines how closely your responses aligns with the General Medical Council’s values.

Abstract Reasoning

The Abstract Reasoning subtest examines convergent and divergent patterns to recognise patterns and relationships from the presented patterns.

UCAT Test Dates

The UCAT is offered  between 1st July to 6th October 2020 (subject to availability at your local Pearson VUE test centre). This means that within one test cycle (approximately 3 months), you may take the UCAT only once, depending on the dates that the testing centre in your locality offers. If you decide to take the test, it is essential that you register between 14th May to 22nd September for the test.

Registration and booking for the test can be done on the official UCAT website. While taking the test early has its advantages (such as a guarantee of a seat at the local test centre as test dates fill up quickly), be sure to take it only when you are thoroughly prepared.

Candidates will receive their UCAT scores as they are exiting the venue – there is no specific date as to when scores will be released.

More on UCAT testing

What time to arrive at the test centre ?

Arrive at the test center at least 15 mins prior to your scheduled examination time, so that you not only have time to allow for any procedural requirements, but also can calmly set up anything you have to and mentally prepare yourself for the exam before taking it.

What to bring to test centre?

You can bring:

  • Your personal belongings. However, you will have to store them away in a locker as they are not allowed to be brought into the test room. This includes food, drinks, watches, mobile devices etc.
  • An acceptable photo ID card (check the official UCAT website for more details)
  • A hard copy of the confirmation email for booking the test

What is the test environment like?

You will be seated in a room along with other test takers, with individual desks allotted to each person. Each desk consists of the computer you shall be taking your test on, laminated notepads, and permanent markers. Since the laminated boards are not erasable as you work out on it, each time you finish using one, you simply have to raise your notepad to get another one.

UCAT Test Centers

Pearson Professional Centers
51 Cuppage Road,
Singapore 229469,

NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd,
NTUC Trade Union House,
73 Bras Basah Road,
Level 3 Room 3J,
Singapore 189556,

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