The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is used by a consortium of 26 UK university medical and dental schools in its selection process for potential students for undergraduate study.
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.
There are two fully timed practice tests to assist you in this preparation which can be found via the following link. http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/pages/details.aspx?page=practiceQuestions
Hints and tips for passing the test can be found via the following link. http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/pages/details.aspx?page=hintsTips
A demonstration as to how the test is formatted can be found at the link below. http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/pages/details.aspx?page=tutorials
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How do I find out if the UK University that I want to apply to requires me to sit the UKCAT test?
The university members of the UKCAT 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/