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What Is The UCAT Test?

The UCAT exam (University Clinical Aptitude Test), is an admission test used by 30 universities across the UK, for their medical and dental degree programmes. 

The UCAT is a two hour, computer-based assessment that consists of five sections:


UCAT Practice Questions


1. Verbal Reasoning 

On this test, you are given a short text to read followed by a statement.

There are two types of questions on this test: The first type is based on the information provided in the text from which you must decide if the statement is true, false, or you cannot say.

The second question type is based on reading a list of options and then determining the correct answer from that list. You are only allowed to use the information in the text and not your outside knowledge.

The test contains 11 texts, with four questions on each of them.

Verbal Reasoning Sample Question

Read the following passage and answer the question below:

Translated novels written by female writers are a small subset. Translations make up a tiny fraction of the books published in the UK and US, and roughly a quarter of them are written by women. Various recent counts have found that about 26% of English translations are female-authored books (although the gender balance among the translators of this subgroup is roughly equal). That means that fewer than 100 foreign-language books authored by women make their way to the UK every year. But things may be changing. Two new publishing houses have been founded in the UK, whose mission is to publish only translations of books authored by women. There is still plenty of non-English writing waiting to be published.

Is the following statement true, false, or you can't tell based on the information in the text?

About half of translators in the UK are women.

Answer & Explanations

The correct answer is Cannot say.
"Various recent counts have found that about 26% of English translations are female-authored books (although the gender balance among the translators of this subgroup is roughly equal)" - it is indeed mentioned in the passage that of the number of translated books written by women, about half were translated by women. But that does not tell us anything about the number of male and female translators in the UK in general.


2. Decision Making 

On this test, your ability to implement logic in order to assess arguments, evaluate statistical data, and make a decision will be assessed.

This section replaced Decision Analysis in 2016. There are five main types of Decision-Making questions, each one involves a different approach and solving techniques: Formal Logic, Seating Arrangement, Inductive Reasoning, Statistics and Arguments. On this section you'll be able to use a simple on-screen calculator. 

Decision Making Sample Question

A kindergarten is arranging the children's birthday schedule.
The following facts are known:

  • Gabriel is younger than David.
  • Liz is younger than Sarah.
  • Katie is older than David but younger than Sarah.
  • Liz is younger than Katie.


Which of the following statements MUST be true?

A. Liz is older than David.
B. Gabriel is the youngest child in the kindergarten.
C. Liz is the second youngest child in the kindergarten.
D. Katie is the second oldest child in the kindergarten.

Answer & Explanations

The correct answer is (D).

Arrange the information given in two inequalities:

Gabriel < David < Katie < Sarah

Liz < Katie

You can conclude that Sarah is the oldest child, and since Katie is older than everyone except Sarah, she is the second oldest child.

Since you don't know if Liz is older, younger, or between the ages of David and Gabriel, statements (A), (B), and (C) are all incorrect.
The correct answer is (D).


3. Quantitative Reasoning

On this test, you are given numerical data in a table, chart, or graph, and you are asked questions on the information provided. Solving the questions usually involves some form of basic calculation.

The same set of information may be used for more than one question.

Quantitative Reasoning Sample Question

Natural Resources Market Annum Statistics


 No. of employees 

(in thousands)

Value of Extracted Produce

(in millions)

Total Value

 Value Per Country 




























Approximately what percentage of the total value of extracted coal produce is the USA responsible for?

A. 32

B. 37

C. 40

D. 43

E. Cannot Say

Answer & Explanations

The correct answer is C.

According to the table, the USA coal market is worth $1,375 million and the total extracted coal produce is $3,456 million.

In order to answer the question, we need to divide the USA coal produce by the total value of extracted coal produce and multiply the result by 100:
1,375/3456 x 100 = 0.397 x 100 = 39.7% ≈ 40%

The answer is 40.


4. Abstract Reasoning

On this test, you are asked to identify the correct shape in order to complete the question. There are four types of questions you may experience.

This is a fast-paced test with less than 20 seconds to answer each question. It is a nonverbal test as it does not use words or numbers, and it is often considered to be like an IQ test.

Abstract Reasoning Sample Question

Where does the following test shape belong?



5. Situational Judgement

On this test, you are asked to identify the correct responses to a series of scenarios relating to the life of a medical or dentistry student.

There are two types of scenario responses asked: the appropriateness of a behaviour and the importance of a set of options.

You are given 19 scenarios; each one contains between two and five questions.

Situational Judgement Sample Question

A fifth-year dental student, Anna, is overheard by a senior dentist boasting about how she copied parts of her first-year assessment from the internet to her friends in the hospital cafeteria. 

How important are the following considerations for the senior dentist to take into account when deciding how to respond to the situation?

The alleged offence occurred a long time ago and nothing was detected at the time

  1. Very important
  2. Important
  3. Of minor importance
  4. Not important at all
Answer & Explanations

Correct answer: Not important at all

Competencies: Conscientiousness; Honesty and integrity

Explanation: In this scenario, a senior dentist overhears a fifth-year student bragging about cheating in one of her first-year assignments.

Cheating, copying, or any other breaking of assessment rules is known to be an infringement in any educational setting. The dentist should not be concerned with when the offence occurred, but rather act against this as medical students and professionals are expected to take effective action if concerned about other's misconduct. A full investigation should be launched in response to her plagiarism. However, careful consideration must be taken into the fact that she was boasting to her friends, and so this may not be an actual confession or admission of guilt, rather an opportunity to 'show off' to her friends.


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  • UCAT Diagnostic Test
  • UCAT Verbal Reasoning Full Guide
  • 4 UCAT Verbal Reasoning Practices
  • 4 UCAT Verbal Reasoning Simulations
  • Decision Making Full Guide
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  • UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Full Guide
  • 4 Quantitative Reasoning Practices
  • 2 Quantitative Reasoning Simulations
  • UCAT Abstract Reasoning Full Guide
  • 11 Abstract Reasoning Practices
  • UCAT Situational Judgement Full Guide
  • 2 SJT Practices
  • 2 Full Simulation Tests
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Universities that require the UCAT (UKCAT) in 2021
Universities Requiring UCAT
University of Aberdeen  Kent and Medway Medical School
Anglia Ruskin University King's College London 
Aston University University of Leicester 
University of Birmingham University of Liverpool
University of Bristol University of Manchester 
Brunel University London Newcastle University 
Cardiff University  University of Nottingham 
University of Dundee  University of Plymouth
University of East Anglia  Queen Mary University of London 
Edge Hill University Queen's University Belfast 
University of Edinburgh  University of Sheffield 
University of Exeter  University of Southampton 
University of Glasgow  University of St Andrews 
Hull York Medical School  St George's, University of London 
Keele University  University of Sunderland
University of Warwick   
How the UCAT Score Is Calculated

The scores on the UCAT verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, and abstract reasoning subtests are based on the number of questions answered correctly, and points are not deducted for incorrect responses.

Since the number of questions on each section varies, the raw scores need to be converted to scaled scores. The scaled scores for these sections have a common range of 300-900.

To determine the total scaled UCAT score, simply add up the individual scores of each section. Scaled scores range between 1200-3600.

Scoring on the SJT section is different from other sections of the UCAT. The raw score is provided in one of four bands, with one being the highest band and four being the lowest band.

Learn more about the UCAT scores here





UCAT Verbal Reasoning





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