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How Medical Schools use the UKCAT

Most universities are intentionally vague about the role the UKCAT plays in their admissions process, but will publish a number of statistics to guide you through the process. While everyone is different, the use of the score can generally be grouped into one of three types:

Part of Larger Scoring System

The UKCAT score forms part of a larger assessment process, which typically incorporates academic achievements, personal statement and others. Often these systems will assign points to the various aspects (thus determining who gets an interview or an offer), though only some universities actually admit to this.

Differentiating Borderline or Similar Candidates

In some cases, the UKCAT score is used as a form of tie-breaker for candidates who otherwise lie on the borders of what would be required to get an interview or place, or where two very similar candidates are tied.

Minimum or Threshold Score

At the end of the day, the main purpose of the UKCAT is to provide another way for universities to rule-out groups of candidates. The most definitive way of doing this is to set a ‘threshold’ score for the UKCAT, below which a candidate’s score will not even be considered – similar to not having the required exam grades at A-Level.

Universities known to be using this system are:

<tr”>GlasgowCandidates who meet the other academic criteria are ranked according to UKCAT scores, then interviews are offered to the top 500-600 people. i.e. there is a minimum score, but it varies.

Durham Use a threshold score which varies from year-to-year, and is not published.
Hull York If you have a total UKCAT score of less than 2400, or a score of less than 450 in any of the four cognitive subtests, your application will not be considered.
Imperial A threshold score exists, but varies. For 2013 entry, the minimum score in all subtests was 640.
Manchester Threshold varies with course and widening participation status. For those without widening participation entitlement, scores in 2012/13 were 2480 for the 6 year course, and 2650 for the 5 year.
Newcastle Use a threshold score which varies from year-to-year, and is not published.
Plymouth Set an annual minimum score for each subtest, and the UKCAT as a whole.
Queen Mary Undergraduates require minimum score of 2400
Sheffield It is likely that any candidate with a score of 2600 or above will be given consideration.
Southampton Candidates not in the widening access programme required 2500 for 2013 entry.
St Andrews Use a cutoff score, which varies from year-to-year.
St Georges (London) Minimum overall score of 2530 in 2013, with no less than 500 points in any subtest.
Warwick From our experience over the past few years, we are unlikely to invite anyone with a UKCAT total score that is below 2600 to the Selection Centre process.

The Universities

It should be noted that the three categories above are not mutually exclusive – a medical school may have a minimum score to consider your application, and then use the score as part of a larger scoring system for those candidates who meet the threshold.

Please Note

While we endeavour to update this page on a regular basis, some material may outdated. We strongly recommend checking with your chosen universities to confirm how they use the score. If you notice an error here, please do get in touch.

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The UKCAT regularly update their documentation on how universities use the exam score. Check it out here:

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  • […] The earlier you take the UKCAT, the earlier you’ll know your score. Hopefully it’ll be a good one, but either way it’s better to know sooner rather than later. You can then base your university research on this, applying to (or avoiding) those who place a strong influence on your test results. For more information on this, check out our article on How Universities Use the UKCAT Score. […]

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