Frequently asked questions

How is the UCAT scored?

The first 4 sections of the UCAT exam are each scored from 300 to 900. The majority of test takers score between 500 to 700 in each of these sections, with an average score of approximately 660 per section. Therefore scores above 700 in each section would be considered competitive. Related article on what is considered a good UCAT score.N.B. The new Decision Making test, which was piloted in 2016, is now a scored section.

The UCAT does not use negative marking, so you will not lose marks for incorrect answers or leaving questions unanswered. In fact, leaving questions blank is one of the most common mistakes that UCAT test takers make on test day.

The Situational Judgement section of the test is scored from Bands 1 to 4 (Band 1 being the highest), indicating the degree to which your answers match those determined by a panel of medical experts. Full marks are awarded for each matching answer and partial marks for choices close to the correct answer (details of partial marking have not been disclosed by the UCAT Consortium).

What's the average UCAT score?

The UCAT Consortium states that most students achieve scores ranging from 500-700 on each of the cognitive sections of the UCAT exam. The scores for the 2018 sitting are as follows: Verbal Reasoning: 567
Decision Making: 624
Quantitative Reasoning: 658
Abstract Reasoning: 637
Situational Judgement: N/A
Total scaled score: 2485 The scores for the 2017 UCAT sitting are below: Verbal Reasoning: 570
Decision Making: 647
Quantitative Reasoning: 695
Abstract Reasoning: 629
Situational Judgement: N/A
Total scaled score: 2540 The scores for the 2016 UCAT sitting are below: Verbal Reasoning: 573
Quantitative Reasoning: 660
Abstract Reasoning: 630
Decision Making: unscored
Situational Judgement: N/A
Total scaled score: 1893 (relatively lower than other years due to the unscored Decision Making section).

What score do I need for my university?

Each university has their own cut-off score. Each year the UCAT Consortium releases details of how certain universities use UCAT scores. You can use this as a guide

When will I receive my score?

Results are released to candidates when they exit the testing room on the day of their test.

How important is a high UCAT score?

Your UCAT score will form part of your application, along with your UCAS Personal Statement, predicted A-Level exams, AS level results and Admissions Interview. A high UCAT score will ensure that you are submitting the best possible application and can really make you stand out from other candidates