Most medical schools include standardized tests as part of their admissions criteria and universities in different parts of the world have varying requirements for which test they prefer. If you are confused by the multitude of medical admissions tests out there, and we hope to clarify some of this jargon in this article.
So first, what is the difference between the UCAT and the UKCAT?
In a nutshell, they are exactly the same. The test makers expanded their consortium beyond the UK (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) and hence decided on a name change to UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test). There is absolutely no change in content. If you’re a student (international or local) applying to UK medical or dentistry programs, the vast majority will require that you take the UCAT. If you’d like to learn more about the content and structure of the UCAT, please refer to our guide here.