UKCAT Scores

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UKCAT Scores

The full UKCAT exam is composed of 5 subtests, as shown in the table below. Although each section has a vastly different time limit and number of questions, all are worth an equal component of the final score.

Section Questions Time Proportion of Total
Verbal Reasoning 44 22 mins 20%
Quantitative Reasoning 36 23 mins 20%
Abstract Reasoning 55 14 mins 20%
Decision Analysis 28 34 mins 20%
Situational Judgement 71 27 mins 20%

In each test, every question is worth the same as the others, and answers are not negatively marked. The raw scores are then compared with a sample group and scaled to fit a normal distribution, with most candidates lying within the middle ranges, and only exceptionally good or poor students lying towards the extremes.

The final result for each test is then communicated as a score out of 900. The lowest possible score is 300, while the average lies around 600. All subtests can then be added together to come up with a maximum score out of 4500.

What does this Mean in Practice?

  • With all questions worth the same, it makes sense to get all the easy marks you can first, then go back for the harder ones. Don’t spend ages sweating over a difficult answer if it means you won’t get to the end of the test.
  • There is no negative marking, so it’s worth having a guess even if you don’t know.
  • Don’t fear if you can’t answer some questions – it’s likely that others won’t be able to either, and in harder tests scores will be scaled up.

Subtest Scores

The average scores across the various subtests of the UKCAT are very predictable from year-to-year, as shown in the table below:

Test 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Verbal Reasoning 585 585 582 574 580 580 557
Quantitative Reasoning 633 630 637 673 630 656 655
Abstract Reasoning 592 596 606 625 624 633 661
Decision Analysis 591 619 677 615 639 646 771
Situational Judgement

How do Universities use the Score?

Medical and dental schools vary in how they use the UKCAT score within their applications process. We will be publishing up-to-date information on this shortly. In the meantime, check your chosen university’s website carefully to find out what they’re looking for…

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