UKCAT format for 2011


The UKCAT is a computer-based test taken at Pearson Vue Centres between July and October every year.

Universities that require the UKCAT

Candidates intending to apply in 2011 for entry to one of the universities and courses listed below in 2012 or for deferred entry in 2013 are required to take the UKCAT by the 7th October 2011 deadline.

University UCAS Course Code
University of Aberdeen A100, A201
Brighton and Sussex Medical School A100
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry A100, A101, A200, A201
Cardiff University A100, A104, A200, A204
University of Dundee A100, A104, A200, A204
University of Durham A100
University of East Anglia A100, A104
University of Edinburgh A100
University of Glasgow A100, A200
Hull York Medical School A100
Keele University A100, A104
King’s College London A100, A101, A102, A202, A205
Imperial College London Graduate Entry A101
University of Leeds A100
University of Leicester A100, A101
University of Manchester A104, A106, A204, A206
University of Newcastle A100, A101, A206
University of Nottingham A100, A108
University of Oxford Graduate Entry A101
Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry A100
Queen’s University Belfast A100, A200
University of Sheffield A100, A104, A200
University of Southampton A100, A101, A102
University of St Andrews A100, A990, B900
St George’s, University of London A100
Warwick University Graduate Entry A101

The UKCAT test consists of 5 sections

There are minor changes as the fifth part of the test, non-cognitive analysis, has been scrapped and questions in the quantitative reasoning section have been shortened yet the time slot extended by a minute.

Section Questions Timing Scoring
Verbal Reasoning 44 21 minutes 300-900
Quantitative Reasoning 36 22 minutes 300-900
Abstract Reasoning 65 15 minutes 300-900
Decision Analysis 26 31 minutes 300-900

What are average scores on the UKCAT?

In their annual report, the UKCAT Consortium release average scores, broken down by section of the test. Below are the figures from the 2008 UKCAT sitting:

Verbal reasoning: 585
Quantitative reasoning: 630
Abstract reasoning: 596
Decision analysis: 619

Total scaled score: 2,430
(A 29 point increase on the 2007 average)

Key dates for the UKCAT:

Registration opens: 3rd May 2011 
Testing begins:
 5th July 2011
Registration deadline: 23rd September 2011
Bursary application deadline: 23rd September 2011
Last test date: 7th October 2011
UCAS application deadline: 15th October 2011

NB: When you leave the test centre you will be given a copy of your test result after your multiple-choice answers have been checked and marked by computer. Please note you may only sit the UKCAT once in any test cycle. This test result is valid for the 2011 UCAS Admissions cycle (for entry into medical or dental school in 2012 or deferred entry to 2013).

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