The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) has been rebranded to UCAT. It is used by a consortium of 26 UK university medical and dental schools in its selection process for potential students for undergraduate study. If you are considering applying for medicine our free download is vital reading (link below), it includes an insightful look into UK medicine, reading lists and links to other resources.
Many highly qualified sixth form students apply for medical and dental courses so the test is an extra benchmark through which these candidates can be assessed. The test set out to assess which candidates have the mental abilities and aptitudes required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. It is not based on curriculum based subject matter in the sciences, instead focusing on cognitive abilities professional behaviour as well as other attributes which are considered key to success in any one of the medical professions.
The test has to be taken at a test centre by early October in the year prior to the proposed autumn of entry. UK, EU and the majority of international applicants must sit the test for entry to one of the consortium of universities and there are test centres around the world.
The test contains verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and decision analysis.
Although the test is for aptitude so is hard to coach for, it is wise to practice answering the types of questions that will be presented in the UKCAT, to familiarise yourself with the question styles, multiple-choice format and varying requirements of each subtest.
You can read more about UCAT here: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/ucat/
The university members of the UCAT consortium and their websites are listed below.
The University of Aberdeen http://www.abdn.ac.uk/medicine-dentistry
Brighton and Sussex Medical School http://www.bsms.ac.uk
Cardiff University http://medicine.cf.ac.uk
University of Dundee http://www.dundee.ac.uk/medschool
University of Durham http://www.dur.ac.uk/school.health
University of East Anglia http://www.uea.ac.uk/med
University of Edinburgh http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/medicine-vet-medicine
University of Glasgow http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/medicine/
Hull York Medical School http://www.hyms.ac.uk/
Imperial College http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/
Keele University http://www.keele.ac.uk/health/schoolofmedicine/
King’s College London http://www.kcl.ac.uk/medicine/index.aspx
University of Leeds http://www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/
University of Leicester http://www.le.ac.uk/sm/le/ukcat.html
University of Manchester http://www.medicine.manchester.ac.uk/
University of Newcastle http://www.ncl.ac.uk/biomedicine/
University of Nottingham http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mhs/index.aspx
University of Oxford Graduate Entry medical Degree http://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/
Peninsula Medical School http://pcmd.ac.uk/
St Mary, University of London http://www.smd.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/medicine/index.html
University of Sheffield http://www.shef.ac.uk/medicine
University of Southampton http://www.som.soton.ac.uk/
University of St Andrews http://medicine.st-andrews.ac.uk/
St George’s, University of London http://www.sgul.ac.uk/undergraduate
Queen’s University, Belfast http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/
Warwick University Graduate Entry http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/study/ugr/
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