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.
Hints and tips for passing the test can be found via the following link.
A demonstration as to how the test is formatted can be found at the link below.
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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
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