UKCAT – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Updated: Oct 10, 2018

The UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) is an admission test used by certain universities to select the students with the “most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required to be successful in their clinical careers and is committed to fairness in selection to medicine and dentistry and to the widening participation in medical and dental training of under-represented social groups” (www.ukcat.ac.uk).


It is a 2 hour computer-based test that is delivered in Pearson Vue test centres around the UK and does not contain any curriculum or science content. It is made up of five individually timed subtests which look at a range of mental abilities identified by university medical and dental schools as important.  Each subtest contains a number of items in a multiple-choice format.


Subtests: Verbal Reasoning (22 mins), Decision Making (32 mins), Quantitative Reasoning (25 mins), Abstract Reasoning (14 mins) and Situational Judgement (27 mins) including 1 minute instruction time for each subtest. These individual areas look at your ability to critically evaluate information whether numerical or written, your ability to make sound  decisions and judgements as well as identifying relationships and looking at your ability to understand real-life situations and identify important information.


SectionQuestionsTimingScoringVerbal Reasoning4422 minutes300-900Decision Making*2932 minutes300-900Quantitative Reasoning3625 minutes300-900Abstract Reasoning5514 minutes300-900Situational Judgement6927 minutesBand 1- 4


The UKCAT is necessary for those applying for Medicine or Dentistry at universities which use it as part of their admission process alongside UCAS applications, academic qualifications and interviews.


Although it is not entirely possible to revise for the UKCAT you sure can practise. So I have gathered some of the best tips that have been used.

  • Start 3-6 weeks in advance of your test

  • Practise little and often to help develop consistency in timing (2-3 hrs a day)

  • Use Medify https://www.medify.co.uk/ukcat

  • Use Kaplan books and 600 questions book (or borrow some old ukcat books from a library)

  • Identify your weakest areas early on and give yourself time to really concentrate on them when practising

  • Initially do not place yourself under time constraints just to get a feel of the questions and then Practise under time constraints

  • Use the UKCAT candidate toolkit on the UKCAT website

  • Try and do all the mock tests before your t