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.

The university members of the UCAT consortium and their websites are listed below.
The University of Aberdeen
Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Cardiff University
University of Dundee
University of Durham
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
Hull York Medical School
Imperial College
Keele University
King’s College London
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Manchester
University of Newcastle
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford Graduate Entry medical Degree
Peninsula Medical School
St Mary, University of London
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
St George’s, University of London
Queen’s University, Belfast
Warwick University Graduate Entry

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This guide was produced by Mark Stoker, our lead medical consultant.  You can read more about him here.