After Your UCAT and Your Scores

Results

You will receive your results when you leave the test centre. Remember that no score guarantees entry or means failure. The UCAT is only part of the admissions process; some schools and universities see it as a minor part.

Here are three ways the UCAT is employed.

  • Borderline cases
    The score may be used to distinguish between two very similar candidates, or to offer interviews to students with high UCAT scores but low-quality applications.
  • Weighting
    The result may be used as a contributory factor towards an interview or formal offer. Weighting in such decisions varies from 4 to 33%.
  • Threshold score
    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 UCAT 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?

UCAT scores fall between 300 (minimum) and 900 (maximum).

Your score depends on two factors:

  1. The answers you give
  2. The ‘raw’ score agreed by UCAT testers

While point 1 is straightforward enough, point 2 involves some explanation.

Each year, new UCAT 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 UCAT 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 UCAT 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 UCAT Consortium
WD1418
D Floor West Block
Queen’s Medical Centre
Nottingham
NG7 2UH

or email ucat@nottingham.ac.uk

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