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The UK Clinical Aptitude Test: For Admission into Medical and Dental Schools in UK

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is used in the selection process by a consortium of UK University Medical and Dental Schools. The test helps 26 universities to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants who apply for their medical and dental degree programmes. The UKCAT does not contain any curriculum or science content.

Who should take the test?

The requirement to take the test applies to all UK, EU and the majority of international applicants. There are test centres in locations around the world, including all EU countries.

Candidates intending to apply in 2013 for entry to a relevant course in a UKCAT University in 2014 (or for deferred entry in 2015) are required to sit the UKCAT by the 4th October 2013 deadline.

UKCAT Universities

Candidates intending to apply in 2013 for entry to one of the universities and courses visit

For Test centres in India visit here:

Booking your test:
Testing begins on 1 July and closes on 4 October 2013. For some of the testing centres the UKCAT booking system only allows test slots to be allocated 90 days in advance. Booking will close on 2 October 2013.

If you sign in and follow the booking instructions on the Pearson VUE website you will be presented with the option of booking either the UKCAT or UKCATSEN.

The UKCAT is a standard test while the UKCATSEN is our extended test which includes additional time for candidates with special educational needs.

Test Structure:
The test assesses a range of mental abilities identified by university Medical and Dental Schools as important. There is no curriculum content as the test examines innate skills. Each subtest is in a multiple-choice format and is separately timed.

The UKCAT will consist of

Verbal reasoning - assesses ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form.
Quantitative reasoning - assesses ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.
Abstract reasoning - assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.
Decision analysis - assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.
Situational judgement test - measures capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.

Preparing for the test:
The UKCAT is a test of aptitude rather than academic achievement. Familiarise yourself with the requirements and question styles in each subtest. It is important to understand the time limitations in each section and to develop strategies to approach each subtest with this in mind.

Key Dates:
  • Registration opens: 01 May 2013
  • Testing begins: 01 July 2013
  • Registration Closes: 20 September 2013
  • Bursary & Exemption deadline: 20 September 2013
  • Booking/Rescheduling Closes: 02 October 2013
  • Last testing date: 04 October 2013
  • UCAS application deadline: 15 October 2013
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Published date : 05 Jul 2013 06:27PM

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