UCAT 2021 final test statistics are now available. Find out where you rank among other candidates.
Once you sit your UCAT exam, Pearson VUE will send you an email confirming that your scores are ready to be viewed.
Simply log into your Pearson VUE account to view your score report.
On your report, each cognitive section of the UCAT will have a scaled score between 300-900. These are derived from your raw marks (the number of correct answers for each section).
The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) section is scored separately (Bands 1-4), with the highest scorers in Band 1 and lowest in Band 4.
The mean total scaled score (VR + DM + QR + AR) of 37,230 test-takers was 2499.
This represents a 3% decrease compared to the 2021 interim score, and a small (0.5%) decrease compared to the 2020 final score.
By using the table below, you can work out which decile you belong to. For example, if you scored 2750, you’ll be in the 8th decile, and the top 20% of your cohort.
To check your exact percentile, head over to the official UCAT test statistics page and scroll down to the 'Percentile Look Up (2021 Test Cycle)'. This will allow you to see where your final scores sit compared to the rest of the UCAT candidates in 2021.
The 2021 mean score for the VR, QR and AR sections remained almost identical to the 2020 scores. There was a 15 point decrease in the average DM section score, indicating that candidates found this section more challenging compared to last year.
The proportion of students in Band 4 jumped from 9% in 2020 to 16% in 2021. If you have a Band 4 SJT score, consider applying to universities that don’t automatically reject Band 4 SJT applicants.
Each university uses the UCAT in different ways. For example:
Learn about UCAT requirements at different universities to tailor your application.
Thinking about your Plan B (if things didn't go as planned)?
The important thing is to stay relaxed, as there are always other options!
Here's some ideas if you need to change your strategy to get into medicine or dentistry.
Consider applying to the universities below which do not require the UCAT.
Two universities do not require any external admissions test:
Get detailed information about BMAT university requirements.
* International applicants only, home applicants are required to sit the UCAT
Studying medicine overseas is an option if you do not receive any offers from UK medical schools. This includes not meeting your A-level requirements, as well as having a low UCAT score.
You can sit the UCAT again while taking a gap year. This also represents a fantastic opportunity to develop maturity and broaden your horizons.
During your gap year, it is crucial that you reflect on why you did not achieve the UCAT score that you had wanted this year. Was it due to lack of preparation? Poor timing? Concentration issues? Identify your weaknesses and take time to address them fully before the next year’s UCAT.
Read our article on having a successful gap year before medicine.
If you wish to study another subject of interest while leaving the door open for medicine, consider the graduate entry route. This involves re-applying for a 4-year graduate medical programme after completing another degree.
While this takes longer than the direct entry route, it gives you an opportunity to explore other interests and to develop maturity before embarking on a demanding medical career.
Read more about the alternative pathways in our Admissions Guide.
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