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UCAT Tutors – The University Clinical Aptitude Test

 What is the UCAT?

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is used by a consortium of UK and non-UK Universities, in order to support their admissions process. The UCAT enables universities to select candidates based not only on their ability to perform well within the particular medical or dental degree course, but to also select those individuals who are best suited to the course in relation to mental abilities and soft skills. The UCAT is used alongside UCAS applications, academic qualifications and written references during the admissions process and affords candidates the ability to show their intended university their ability to meet the practical and mental demands of the course. Delivered in Pearson VUE test centres, the UCAT is a computer-based aptitude test, consisting of five separately time subsets. Our UCAT Tutors can guide you through the UCAT Exam to achieve top scores.


What does the UCAT assess?

The UCAT can be broken down into separate five sections, written in multiple-choice formatting. The UCAT includes Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, cognitive based test sections, and a non-cognitive based subtest, Situational Judgement. The UCAT comes in a number of forms each year, meaning multiple versions of the test are active at the same time. The version that a candidate will sit is random, but quality assurance means that all of the versions are of a balanced difficulty, ensuring equality in scoring. In total, the UCAT is 2 hours, with subsets divided with a 1-minute interlude to enable instructions to be delivered.

Verbal Reasoning:

The Verbal Reasoning section of the UCAT consists of 44 questions, with 21 minutes allocated for these questions to be completed. Testing candidate’s ability to analyse texts and come to reasonable conclusions, the Verbal Reasoning section requires attention to detail.


The Decision-Making section of the UCAT consists of 29 questions, with 31 minutes allocated for these questions to be completed. Testing Candidate’s ability to analyse written arguments and statistical data, this section stretches applicant’s ability to apply logic in complex situations, managing uncertainty around decision making.

Quantitative Reasoning:

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the UCAT consists of 36 questions, with 25 minutes allocated for these questions to be completed. This section tests candidate’s ability to solve problems use statistical data.

Abstract Reasoning:

The Abstract Reasoning section of the UCAT consists of 50 questions, with 12 minutes allocated for these questions to be completed. Testing candidate’s ability to thinking in abstract forms, this section of the test requires critical evaluation and clear judgment making.

Situational Judgment:

The Situational Judgment section of the UCAT consists of 66 questions, with 26 minutes allocated for these questions to be completed. Testing candidate’s ability to comprehend situations that occur on the job and to select the correct pathway to dealing with said situations, this section of the test exposes individual, personal strengths, including resilience, perseverance, empathy, principle and open-mindedness.


What score should I be aiming to achieve?

Due to the difference in the number of questions per subtest, the raw marks are converted to scale scores, ranging from 300-900. Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning questions are worth 1 mark each, with the Decision-Making subtest questions worth 1 mark and multiple statement questions worth 2. Total scale scores are generated by adding subtest scale scores for the four sections listed above. Total scale scores range from 1200 to 3600, with an average score sitting between 2600-2700, subsequently making 2700 the score to aim for (and above) for admission approval. Situational Judgement subtest scoring is expressed in bands ranging from 1 to 4, with band 1 being the highest. Situational Judgment test scores are awarded pending on whether the response matches the answer fully or partially, with partial marks awarded for close answers.



UCAT Consortium Universities:

+ University of Aberdeen

+ Anglia Ruskin University

+ Aston University

+ University of Birmingham

+ University of Bristol

+ Brunel University London

+ Cardiff University 

+ University of Chester

+ University of Dundee 

+ University of East Anglia 

+ Edge Hill University

+ University of Edinburgh 

+ University of Exeter 

+ University of Glasgow 

+ Hull York Medical School 

+ Keele University 

+ Kent and Medway Medical School

+ King’s College London 

+ University of Leicester 

+ University of Liverpool

+ University of Manchester 

+ University of Newcastle 

+ University of Nottingham 

+ Plymouth University 

+ Queen Mary University of London 

+ Queen’s University Belfast 

+ University of Sheffield 

+ University of Southampton 

+ University of St Andrews 

+ St George’s, University of London 

+ University of Sunderland

+ University of Warwick 

+ University of Worcester



How do I prepare for the UCAT?

Reviewing and practicing using online past papers can be beneficial as they enable one to effectively manage time keeping, whilst also adjusting to the wording of questions and the varying levels of difficulty. Self-assessment of your general areas where you could develop your knowledge further will enable you to be self-aware in your studies, supplementing what you need to practice more and strengthening your pre-existing strengths. Reviewing the UCAT resources and content windows will enable you to narrow down your revision to a refined and purposeful selection of materials. It is important to remember that the content in the UCAT will not be related to specific knowledge content that can be revised, so familiarising oneself with question formatting and past papers is the advised course of action, including reading a wide range of relevant texts and statistical data that you can practice interpreting, arguing and concluding. Ultimately, the more time you spend practicing, the more confident and prepared you are likely to feel when taking your UCAT, a feeling which should be reflected in your score outcome. Online and in-person tutoring can enable you to receive one on one, specially tailored support, enabling you to feel supported in your endeavours and to receive individualised resources and sessions that can develop your knowledge and expand your strengths.



UCAT Tuition and Tutors London

Mayfair Consultants offers at home, one-on-one UCAT tuition to clients living across the London area, who are hoping to study medicine at one of the Consortium universities. Our fully qualified UCAT tutors are highly skilled specialists, with many holding postgraduate degrees. They offer clear, concise explanations and stimulating approaches, helping to support the need of every student. If you would like to arrange private lessons, or have any questions about our tuition services please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.



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