The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is used in the selection process by the majority of UK university medical and dental schools.
The test assesses a wide range of mental abilities. There are five sub-tests:
- Verbal reasoning, testing your ability to read written information and think carefully about it
- Quantitative reasoning, testing your ability to solve problems using numbers
- Abstract reasoning, testing your ability to make judgements about abstract information
- Decision making, testing how well you make decisions in uncertain situations
- Situational judgement, testing how well you can understand what's important in a situation and how you should behave
UKCAT has put together a candidate toolkit, including an official guide, practice tests and lots more.
Find out more about registering and deadlines
Because the UKCAT test is computer-based, you can take it in almost any country around the world, provided there is a test centre.
Find a test centre near you
There is a test fee associated with taking the UKCAT, however candidates in financial need can apply for a bursary to cover the full test fee provided they meet the eligibility criteria established by UKCAT.
During the test, you can flag a question to come back to later if you're not sure of the answer. You should try to answer all the questions, as you won't lose marks for incorrect answers.
You'll get the result of your test on the day, so you don't have to wait to find out how well you've done.
All UKCAT universities provide information regarding how they use the test in their admissions process on their individual websites. You should review this information for the universities you are considering applying to.