UCAT 2021 Interim Results Are Out: How Good Is My UCAT Score?

UCAT Exam

9/18/2021

The UCAT interim results have been published. This means you can finally gauge how well you have performed compared to other UCAT 2021 candidates.

The UCAT is being sat by candidates up until 29th September 2021 and as such, the final statistics is not available. However, the interim statistics provide you with a good indication of how well you did in the UCAT.

UCAT 2021 Interim Statistics

The preliminary mean total scaled score is 2570.

The table below shows the total scaled score (VR + DM + QR + AR) required to attain a particular decile rank. For example, if your total score is 2920 or above, this means you will likely be in the 9th decile rank, or top 10% of the candidates.

Decile

Total Cognitive Scaled Score

1st Decile

2230

2nd Decile

2350

3rd Decile

2430

4th Decile

2500

5th Decile

2570

6th Decile

2640

7th Decile

2710

8th Decile

2800

9th Decile

2920

For the SJT section, 16% of students were placed in Band 1, 40% in Band 2, 32% in Band 3 and 12% in Band 4.

Note: The interim statistics are based on 16,996 candidates who sat the test until 12th September. The final statistics will change depending on the performance of the ~20,000 candidates who are yet to take the UCAT.

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Impact on your medical school application

There are almost 30 medical schools in the UK that require you to sit the UCAT, differing on how they use your scores. For example:

  • Some have a minimum threshold for the overall score.
  • Some use the overall score to invite applicants to interview (as a sole criterion or alongside other criteria such as academic performance).
  • Some exclude applicants with low SJT scores.

It is vital that you know exactly how each medical school uses the UCAT to select its applicants before you submit your UCAS application. Refer to our blog article ‘Medical Schools and Their UCAT Requirements’, which has been updated for the current admissions cycle.

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If your UCAT scores are disappointing...

If you think you may not make the minimum overall UCAT score threshold or be placed in Band 4 for the SJT, do not give up hope just yet. There are plenty of options if you are still keen on pursuing a career in medicine, including:

Read more about the alternative pathways in our Admissions Guide.

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