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# UKCAT Score Statistics

Statistical information provides you insight into the UKCAT that is less direct but equally important to your sucess. JobTestPrep has organized some such information about the UKCAT, test results, candidate demographics, and has provided relevent advice.
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Statistical analysis of test results and test candidates are listed below.

 UKCAT and Subtest Statistics Gender Statistics Age Statistics

## Overall candidate statistics

In 2011 it was recorded that over 25,000 candidates sat the UKCAT. As well, between 2008 and 2010 there was a 25% increase in the number of candidates who sat the UKCAT.

## Statistics on the subtests

It has been shown through statistical analysis that there is little correlation across the four sections of the test for any one individuals scores; meaning that an individual who is scoring well in one section will not necessarily score well in the other three sections. This is somewhat intuitive as different people have different strengths and weaknesses. JobTestPrep wants to remind candidates that when preparing for the exam it is of the utmost importance that all sections of the exam, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Decision analysis are thoroughly reviewed and adequately studied.

## Average test and subtest scores

The average scores received on the UKCAT and each of the four subtest in 2009 are as follows; Average Scaled Score: 2505, Verbal Reasoning 582, Quantitative Reasoning 638, Abstract Reasoning 607, Decision Analysis 678. These are not very different from the average scores that were received on the UKCAT and each of the four subtest in 2008.

## Statistics related to candidate gender

In 2009 it was recorded that 13252 females sat the UKCAT comprising 55.9% of the candidates compared to 10469 males who sat the exam comprising 44.1% of the total UKCAT candidates of 2009. The average total scaled scores for females and males in 2009 were 2489 and 2525 respectively. The percentage of male and female candidates and the tests scores thereof in 2009 does not greatly differ from those in 2008.

## Statistics related to candidate age

The overwhelming majority of UKCAT candidates, approximately 72%, are between the ages of 16 and 19. However, this is not to say that there are not many younger candidates and many older candidates also sitting the test. Do not let your age become a deterrent or a source of anxiety when studying for the test, sitting the test, or debating candidacy.

It has been demonstrated through statistical analysis that there is a negative correlation between test scores and increasing age. In 2008 the older age groups scored between 6% and 12% lower than the younger test takers. Most likely this is due to a time gap in actually learning the material that will be covered on the UKCAT and sitting the test. JobTestPrep recommends that all candidates practice significantly before sitting the test but emphasizes that candidates who have been out of school for a year or more practice for a longer period of time before sitting the test so as to become familiar again with material that may not have been examined recently.

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