What is it?
The UKCAT is a computer-based aptitude test required by universities in the UK for admission into medical school. It consists of five sections – Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Making, and Situational Judgment – and each section assesses in the candidate the level of problem solving skills required of a medical professional. The test is almost 2 hours long and very time-intensive.
How is it scored?
Students will receive a scaled score from 300 to 900 in the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Decision Making sections, resulting in a combined score from 1200 to 3600. For the Situational Judgment section, the candidate will be placed in one of four bands, with candidates in Band 1 demonstrating an excellent understanding of the workplace behaviour and ethical conduct expected of a medical professional.
What is considered a good score?
The mean average score for the 2016 cohort of test-takers was 1893, which averages out to 631 points per section (excluding the Decision Making, which was not scored last year). Students who score above the average tend to stand a good chance of being considered for an interview.
How can I prepare for it?
Because the test is so time-intensive, success relies heavily on how well a test-taker can obtain the answer to a question while doing the least amount of work possible. Students must learn the strategies and tricks that will allow them to spend minimal time on questions while remaining accurate.
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