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Welcome to JobTestPrep's UCAT Preparation Hub

Here you will find everything you need to prepare for the UCAT—including an explanation of our preparation services, information about the test, and practice tips.

What Is the UCAT?

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT or UKCAT) is a timed, multiple-choice aptitude test used for medical and dental school admissions in the UK. It is comprised of five sub-tests designed to evaluate one’s cognitive abilities.

The test is not based on scientific or curriculum material. The UCAT is provided by Pearson Vue and is taken at Pearson Vue’s centres. Score results are provided immediately upon completion of the exam. Scores are sent directly to the university or universities to which you are applying.

The UCAT Format 

Here is a breakdown of the five UCAT sections, as seen on the 2021 edition:


Time* Items
Verbal Reasoning 22 minutes 44
Quantitative Reasoning 25 minutes 36
Abstract Reasoning 14 minutes 55
Decision Making 32 minutes 29
Situational Judgement 27 minutes 69
Total 120 minutes 232

*Includes one minute for instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


UCAT Scores

Upon completing the UCAT test and leaving the test centre, you will receive a copy of your UCAT Score Report. The results are valid for admission to medical or dental schools during the UCAS Admissions cycle. Read more about UCAT Scores.

Who Should Take the UCAT?

Last year, 26 UK universities required the UCAT in order to study medicine or dentistry. All UK, EU, and international applicants need to take the test before submitting their UCAS form. The required grade on the UCAT depends on the university you have applied to. 

Why Is Preparation for the UCAT So Important?

Preparing for any test is vital to your chances of success. In a test such as the UCAT, where you are tested on skills rather than on knowledge, practising can have real benefits when you enter that test room:

  1. Practising helps you get familiar with the types of questions you can expect in the test. This reduces the surprise element and allows you to master the necessary skills per section, without wasting time on understanding the basic mechanism of each question or section. 
  2. Practice helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses, which will helps focus your preparation.
  3. Working under time constraints reduces stress and give you confidence on testing day. 
  4. practice improves your response times. The faster you work through each question the more questions you will answer, giving you the opportunity to get a better score in the test. 
  5. Practising also improves your accuracy when answering questions, also leading to a better score. 

Make sure that you give yourself a long enough preparation period so you can the most out of your practice. 

What are the important Dates for the UCAT 2021?

Registration and booking opens   2 June at 9am  
Bursary scheme opens 28 June at 9am   
Testing begins 26 July   
Registration and online booking closes 22 September at 12 noon BST  
Bursary deadline

29 September 

Final booking deadline 29 September at 4pm BST  
Last testing date 29 September  
UCAS application deadline 15 October  
Results delivered to universities Early November  


How to Prepare for the UCAT

Since admission to medical and dental school is so competitive (over 80,000 applicants for under 8,000 spots), preparing for the UCAT is essential. Furthermore, as the UCAT may only be taken once each year, practising in advance is essential. Here are some tips to help you get ready for testing day:

  1. Ease in: Look over all of the practice materials in a relaxed, but focused, atmosphere. Read the study guides and tips and watch the videos.
  2. Get serious: Take a practice test in a quiet, comfortable room in the same time constraint as the real test.
  3. Check yourself: Look for your weak spots in the test, and make a note of them. Read the explanations and solving tips.
  4. Don't waste time: Practise the extra exercises of the sections for which you need help. For example, if you aced the verbal section, don't bother practising it again.
  5. Take another test: Utilise our second mock test, and try again under the same conditions as the real test. You should see better results this time.
  6. Rinse and repeat: If you still feel that you could do better, re-read all the materials, go over the explanations and study tips, and practise the exercises.

Get more UCAT tips from our expert tutors.

UCAT Online Practice Tests & Answers

JobTestPrep has created a practice pack complete with full-length tests, practice drills, and study guides. All of the practice materials found in the PrepPack™ have been carefully selected to reflect the difficulty levels, concepts, and styles of the UCAT. We will walk you through all of the sections of the test, so you are at your best for test day. You will use our ourtwo-pronged interface which allows practising tests in two modes:

  • Step-by-Step – In this training setting, you will receive feedback and explanations upon completing each question. This setting is especially useful for practising difficult questions.
  • Timed – This setting simulates test-like conditions by allowing you to answer questions under a time constraint. Upon test completion, a score report will be displayed.

In both modes, your test history is saved to track your progress. For more information and to start practising, check our UCAT PrepPack.

UCAT Live Tutoring  

JobTestPrep offers a new unique service—live tutoring. Our dedicated team of tutors have all gone through our careful in-house UCAT tuition selection process. This included verification of a high UCAT test result and/or top percentile scores in science-based courses, passing a series of interviews, and delivering simulated lessons. In addition, our pricing structure is flexible and transparent; we have a competitive price per hour, assuring you that the tutor you meet will help you as much as possible. Check our UCAT tutoring options 

JobTestPrep’s UCAT Preparation Advantage

Since JobTestPrep’s business has, for years, been preparing people for psychometric tests, it seemed only natural in 2009 to add the UCAT to the list of preparation services we offer. Our online preparation service currently provides the following unique features:

  1. The highest level of questions available web-wide, each section containing material geared to prepare you for the toughest questions on the UCAT.
  2. Three study guides for the UCAT, including invaluable tips and advice.
  3. Didactic and extensive solving tips and explanations.
  4. Real-time UCAT test simulation in which you will practise timed tests similar to the actual UCAT. Upon completion, you will receive feedback and a score report.
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