UCAT scores are used in different ways depending on the university:
Take a look at each programme's specific requirements below.
If you don't have a high UCAT score, look for the medical or dental schools that don't use the UCAT as the sole criterion for interview selection. If you have a high score, maximise your chance of success by applying to medical schools that value it highly.
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Your UCAT score will be considered alongside academic achievement for interview selection. There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score – your score is based on your overall UCAT performance compared with other applicants.
Those with a Band 4 in UCAT SJT are usually not considered.
You'll be ranked by your UCAT score. A certain number of students will be invited to an interview, provided the main academic entry requirements are met.
Applicants with an SJT score of Band 4 will not be invited for interview.
There are no specific score requirements for the UCAT as the score will be considered alongside all other entry requirements.
You will now be required to sit the UCAT for undergraduate and graduate entry in 2024.
There is no minimum threshold score.
There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score. Your total UCAT score from the four subtests (i.e. excluding the band result for SJT), will be ranked among those for all applicants. The scores will be segregated into deciles and an individual score will be allocated to each decile.
For example, the top 10% of applicants’ scores will be in the top decile and will receive a maximum score of 4.0 in this process. The band score for UCAT SJT will be used at the interview stage.
Interview selection will be based on the combined score from all UCAT subtests, with the exception of SJT.
For 2023 entry, the final UCAT threshold score to be invited to interview was 2910. The number used as a threshold for interview is subject to change year-on-year.
There is no minimum cut-off score, but applicants with a Band 4 in the SJT are automatically rejected.
Those with satisfactory personal statements and references will be ranked according to their total UCAT score. Applicants who rank highest will be invited to interview.
There’s no minimum threshold score for undergraduate and graduate entry. However, your UCAT score may be used as part of the selection process.
You must meet the minimum threshold marks for graduate entry.
The overall threshold for UCAT is 2540, with a minimum score of 570 in the Verbal Reasoning section.
There's no minimum cut-off score for UCAT. The lowest UCAT score accepted can vary year to year as this is dependent on the number and quality of applications. Also, Dundee's selection process is reviewed annually and may be subject to change.
The lowest UCAT scores of applicants who were invited to interview over the past three years is as follows:
UEA does not have a cut-off score. A high score is advantageous but a low score won't disqualify you from being considered.
If you meet the minimum academic requirements, you'll be ranked by your UCAT score. A UCAT threshold will be set depending on the number of interviews to be held. If you meet this threshold, you'll be invited to interview.
The UCAT threshold may differ from year to year as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those who apply in each admissions cycle. Anyone with Band 4 in the SJT will be automatically rejected.
You must meet a minimum UCAT score of 2470 for 2024 entry. Those who score a Band 4 in the SJT will not be considered.
Once all scores are received they are ranked. The cohort is divided into deciles (ten equal groups) and then allocated a score. Edinburgh also allocates a score to your Situational Judgement banding.
The points are added to your academic score to contribute towards your final ranking for shortlisting and possible invitation to an assessment day. Your scores may be looked at again when final decisions are made and there are applicants with the same ranked score but limited places.
Applications will be weighted to create an Exeter score: 25% UCAT and 75% academic attainment.
A threshold Exeter score will be set each year – if you achieve above this score you'll be invited to interview.
If you meet all the entry requirements, your UCAT score will be used later in the admissions cycle to determine whether you receive an interview.
You're awarded points based on your total UCAT score and SJT band as part of the ranking process for interview selection.
A total UCAT score below 2280 or with an SJT score in Band 4 will not be considered.
Shortlisting for interview is based on a combination of UCAT scores and the UCAS personal statement.
Kent and Medway operated a selection threshold of total UCAT score 2470 or above and UCAT SJT Band 3 or above in 2022-3.
KMMS does not necessarily commit to the same or similar threshold for selection for 2024 entry.
King’s does not have a threshold UCAT score in any particular year for both undergraduate and graduate entry.
The overall UCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores. The Situational Judgement Test is also taken into account when shortlisting.
You will now be required to take the UCAT (as opposed to the BMAT).
Leeds is a new addition for the 2023–2024 admissions cycle, so there is no threshold information currently available.
UCAT will form 50% of the pre-interview score (less for Access candidates). Applicants with Band 4 in the SJT will be automatically rejected pre-interview. Points will be awarded by the total UCAT score using a specific scoring sequence.
Applicants with a total score in the bottom two deciles of the results will typically be rejected (for 2022/3 entry this would have been less than or equal to a total UCAT score of 2250).
The overall UCAT score will be used (not individual subtest scores) for ranking applicants. You'll need to score within Band 1–3 in the Situational Judgement Test for the application to be processed.
Those with the most competitive admissions test scores are assessed to determine which meet/exceed minimum academic criteria. The highest ranked applicants are then invited to interview.
The UCAT threshold is based on the standard of scores received for that year. Applicants who achieve Band 3 or 4 in the SJT will not be considered. If you meet the UCAT threshold, and achieve Band 1 or 2 in the SJT, you will likely be invited to interview (as long as you meet the minimum academic requirements).
If the number of highly scoring applicants exceeds the number of interview slots available, applicants will be ranked according to UCAT total score and SJT band.
You must meet the UCAT threshold to be invited to an interview. The UCAT threshold depends on the number of applicants, and the average score of those who apply.
For undergraduate entry, the threshold for 2023 was 2820 and for 2022 it was 2800. For graduate entry, the threshold for 2023 was 2930 and for 2022 it was 3010.
There isn't a fixed score for interview selection. If you meet the academic entry requirements, each of your UCAT raw scores are used in the scoring and selection process.
A combination of UCAT and GCSE scoring is then used to select applicants for interview. The threshold for interview varies year by year and cannot be predicted in advance.
There's no fixed UCAT threshold score for interview selection. However, if you achieve Band 4 for SJT, you won't be selected for an interview. Interviews are offered based on the university's scoring system – the percentage threshold varies from year to year.
If you meet the course entry requirements and have completed the Nottingham Pathways Programme, Nottingham Potential Summer School, Nottingham Sutton Trust Summer School, or Lincoln Medical School Summer School, you'll be considered for interview without having to go through the UCAT/GCSE scoring stage (you'll still have to sit the UCAT and achieve Band 1–3 for SJT).
UCAT results will be used alongside A-levels and GCSEs for interview selection.
The UCAT threshold is influenced by overall applicant performance in the UCAT and the number and quality of applications received. The threshold for 2023 was 2680 and for 2022 it was 2610.
Interview selection is based on a weighted score compared to other applicants who apply in the same year. This may be comprised of your UCAT score and academic performance (UCAS tariff of predicted or achieved qualifications for undergraduates, and weighted scoring of degree for graduates).
You will not be offered an interview if you obtained a total UCAT score below the fourth decile, and SJT Band 4 will not be considered.
UCAT will be scored and used in conjunction with a GCSE score to rank for interview.
UCAT will be scored using your overall results from the VR, QR, AR and DM sections. Applicants can obtain up to a maximum of six additional points.
SJT results can be used to inform decisions on borderline applicants who have achieved a similar academic score or a similar score at interview.
In addition to the academic requirements, you must have achieved a minimum UCAT score (2440 for both undergraduates and graduates), to be given further consideration. The SJT is only considered for those who are invited to attend a multiple mini-interview (MMI).
If you meet or exceed both the minimum academic requirements and the minimum UCAT requirement, you will be ranked based on your UCAT score to determine who is invited to attend an MMI.
For both undergraduate and graduate entry, applicants will be ranked by UCAT score to determine who should be invited to a selection day.
The score required for interview varies year on year, so it's not possible to provide an indication.
If you meet the minimum requirements (strong academic record, positive reference, relevant, medically related work experience), you'll be ranked on the basis of your UCAT global score. In recent years, the lowest score for applicants selected to interview has been around 2400.
Those ranked in the top 500 or so will be given an interview. Where applicants have the same interview score, the global UCAT score will be used to differentiate between them.
Both the UCAT section scores (minimum of 500 in each section) and the overall cut-off score (calculated every year) must be met to be considered. UCAT results are used to select applicants invited to interview and may be used to rank a post-interview waiting list.
For 2024 entry, SJT banding scores will be considered in decision making. The UCAT overall cut-off score for the 2023 cycle was 2630.
Your UCAT score must be within the top eight deciles of the cohort and your SJT must be within Bands 1–3.
Shortlisting for interview is based on academic requirements, an interview selection tool, and your UCAT score.
You'll be required to undertake the UCAT and a values-based interview for graduate entry. Offers will be based on the advertised entry criteria.
Please note, University of Surrey Medical School will be accepting applications for students starting in spring 2024.
The total UCAT score required varies year on year and is dependent on the UCAT performance of applicants. SJT bands are not used as part of the admissions process.
You must achieve at least the overall mean score of all test-takers on the Verbal Reasoning subtest (likely to be around 600 points for 2024 entry). There isn't a minimum total UCAT score, as scores are combined with previous academic achievements in the selection process.
For 2023 entry, the lowest UCAT score for an applicant with an undergraduate degree who was invited for an interview was 2580.
You'll be required to pass UCAT to a requisite level. If shortlisted, you will be invited to sit the Casper Situational Judgement Test and attend two panel interviews.
A minimum UCAT cut-off score is not used. A score is allocated based on your overall UCAT performance, compared with all other applicants (academic – 60%, UCAT – 40%). The SJT will not be scored, but it may be used in offer making when there are applicants with similar scores.
For 2023 entry, the lowest UCAT scores invited to interview were 2110 (home students), and 2460 (rest of the UK).
There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score. Your UCAT results, excluding the band result for the SJT, will be used if your application meets the criteria for academic and non-academic requirements.
The band score for the SJT will not be used at any stage, although this may change in the future.
The combined score from all UCAT subtests, with the exception of Situational Judgement, will be used to select applicants for interview.
For 2023 entry, the final UCAT threshold score to be invited to interview was 2850. However, this threshold may change year to year.
Points will be attributed to the total UCAT score and SJT score during the scoring process. There is no minimum cut-off for UCAT and SJT scores.
Where applicants have the same score, priority will typically be given based on UCAT score.
All applicants for 2024 entry onwards are required to sit the UCAT before you apply. Your UCAT score will be utilised to rank your application prior to interview.
Selection for interview will be based on academic achievement and UCAT score. There is no minimum cut-off score.
For applicants who meet the criteria, the UCAT score is used to select the required number for interview. The score considered for interview changes every year as the performance of each cohort varies and is not released by Glasgow during the application cycle.
The cut-off scores for previous years is as follows:
The overall UCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores, and the Situational Judgement Test is also taken into account when shortlisting.
For undergraduate entry, you'll be ranked based on GCSE/IGCSE performance, UCAT score and contextual information. For graduate entry, you'll be ranked based on your UCAT score. The rest of your application will then be reviewed (academic achievement, personal statement, reference).
You will now be required to take the UCAT (as opposed to the BMAT) for undergraduate entry.
Leeds is a new addition for the 2023–2024 admissions cycle, so there is no threshold information currently available.
There’s no UCAT cut-off score as UCAT scores will be considered along with the personal statement and academic achievement.
Applicants with an SJT score of Band 4 are unlikely to be considered.
Applicants will be ranked according to the overall UCAT score. Other information may also be used in the selection process, such as academic achievement.
Applicants who achieve Band 4 in the SJT will not be considered. Those with SJT Band 3 are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to applicants in Bands 1 and 2.
The UCAT threshold is different each year as it depends on the number of applicants and the average score of applicants. The 2023 entry cut-off was 2790.
While the UCAT score is usually the main criteria used to shortlist for interview, it's not the only criteria.
UCAT test results will be used alongside A-levels and GCSEs to select for interview.
The UCAT threshold score can change each year as it's influenced by overall candidate performance in the UCAT and the number and quality of applications received.
The cut-off scores for previous years is as follows:
Applicants will be selected for interview on the basis of a weighted score compared to other applicants who apply in the same year. This may be comprised of your UCAT score and UCAS tariff of entry qualifications (predicted or achieved).
You will not be offered an interview if you obtained a total UCAT score below the fourth decile or if you scored an SJT Band 4.
It is not possible to predict what the threshold will be in any individual year.
Your UCAT will be scored and used in conjunction with an academic score to rank for interview.
UCAT scoring is based on the overall results from four papers, and applicants can obtain up to a maximum of 6 additional points.
GCSEs will be scored using a points system and this will be added to the UCAT score. You'll then be ranked on the combined GCSE/UCAT scores – the threshold required for an interview varies from year to year and cannot be predicted.
The threshold for previous years is as follows:
The UCAT is used in conjunction with an existing selection procedure to identify applicants with potential for success at undergraduate level.
The UCAT cut-off scores for previous years is as follows:
UCAT became a requirement for 2024 entry.
All candidates who meet the UCAT and prescribed entry criteria, including predicted degree classification, will be shortlisted for a first stage online interview.
Manchester have been incorporating UCAT into their selection process from the 2022/23 admissions cycle.
Applicants who have taken the UCAT and achieved a total score in the top third of test takers (and Band 1 or 2 in the SJT) will be automatically selected for interview (subject to meeting all criteria).
Applicants with a Band 4 SJT will not be considered. Applications are welcomed from those who did did not sit the UCAT, which will be shortlisted following the university's normal process.
Both the section scores and the overall cut-off score must be met. You'll need a minimum score of 500 in each individual section, and a minimum overall UCAT score which is calculated every year.
UCAT results are used for interview selection and may also be used for a post-interview waiting list.
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