After the UKCAT and your scores
You will receive your results when you leave the test centre. Remember that no score guarantees entry or means failure. The UKCAT is only part of the admissions process; some schools and universities see it as a minor part.
Here are three ways the UKCAT is employed.
The score may be used to distinguish between two very similar candidates, or to offer interviews to students with high UKCAT scores but low-quality applications.
The result may be used as a contributory factor towards an interview or formal offer. Weighting in such decisions varies from 4 to 33%.
This may involve evaluating students’ average scores, or by looking where a student has scored highly or unfavourably.
You now still have to complete your UCAS applications, so think carefully about how your score relates to where you’re applying.
If you get a low UKCAT score, don’t be discouraged. We’ve known students who have gained a place with an average score of 550.
What does your score really mean?
UKCAT scores fall between 300 (minimum) and 900 (maximum).
Your score depends on two factors:
- The answers you give
- The ‘raw’ score agreed by UKCAT testers
While point 1 is straightforward enough, point 2 involves some explanation.
Each year, new UKCAT questions are created by experts in assessment. These questions are tested for validity and reliability and to remove any bias (for example, a question that is based on a particular ethnic group).
When the questions are agreed, the planned UKCAT is taken by a group of Pearson VUE professionals. Their scores are aggregated in a way that pinpoints where the average (modal and mean) score is 600. This is then used as the standard against which your answers are measured. Because this varies each year, any mock exam you do will only ever suggest what your UKCAT score will be.
Appealing against your score
If you report an incident and are unhappy with the findings, you can appeal in writing:
- be as clear as possible in explaining your appeal
- include any supporting evidence
- mention any contact you’ve already had with Pearson VUE
- submit your appeal within 2 weeks of receiving the findings
Send your appeal to:
Chief Operating Officer
The UKCAT Consortium
D Floor West Block
Queen’s Medical Centre
or email firstname.lastname@example.org