In the test room

The test is two hours long, so make sure you use the toilet before you start. You can go during the test, but the timer won’t be paused.

Test environment

Here’s a typical UKCAT test environment:

It may be familiar if you’ve taken a UK driving theory exam, which can occur in the same test centres.

There’s no audio element to the test, but the headphones can block out any noise that might disrupt your concentration.

You may be given earplugs as an alternative option to the headphones.

You’ll have a basic onscreen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning and Decision Analysis tests.

You’ll also be given a laminated booklet and permanent marker pen to make notes on (check the pen works before you start the test!).

Consider using it for:

Quantitative Reasoning – Noting down numbers

Abstract Reasoning – Writing down mnemonics

Decision Making – Noting calculations and drawing diagrams.

When to rest during the test

There’ll be one-minute introductions between each sub-test. You can skip these, but we recommend using this time to mentally refresh yourself.

Remember that no food or drink is allowed in the test room, see test day preparation.

Medify UKCAT Tutorials

  1. Getting Started with the UKCAT
  2. UKCAT Preparation with Medify
  3. UKCAT Advice for VR *
  4. UKCAT Advice for DM *
  5. UKCAT Advice for QR *
  6. UKCAT Advice for AR *
  7. UKCAT Advice for SJT *
  8. UKCAT Keyboard Shortcuts *
  9. UKCAT Flagging *
  10. Free UKCAT guide
    1. What is the UKCAT?
    2. General information
    3. Apply for a bursary as soon as possible
    4. Get an afternoon UKCAT slot
    5. You CAN revise for the UKCAT
    6. All questions are weighted equally
    7. Results are relative
    8. Recognising the truth of UKCAT Verbal Reasoning statements
    9. Why reading comprehension is important for medicine
    10. Recognise qualifiers
    11. Boost your maths
    12. Understand pattern recognition
    13. Learn mnemonics
    14. First-order and second-order rules in Abstract Reasoning
    15. Introducing Decision Making
    16. Visualise and mentally rehearse
    17. Train your body and mind for peak UKCAT performance
    18. Prepare your mind
    19. Test-day Preparation
    20. In the test room
    21. What does your UKCAT score mean?
    22. What to do if you experience problems during a test
    23. How to appeal against the result of an investigation
    24. After the test
  11. Additional Text Tutorials *
    1. Getting Started with the UKCAT *
    2. UKCAT Preparation with MEDIFY *
    3. Verbal Reasoning: True, False or Can't Tell *
    4. Verbal Reasoning: Reading Comprehension *
    5. Verbal Reasoning: General Advice *
    6. Decision Analysis (has been removed from the UKCAT) *
    7. Quantitative Reasoning: General Advice *
    8. Abstract Reasoning: A/B/Neither and General Advice *
    9. Abstract Reasoning: Complete Series *
    10. Abstract Reasoning: Complete Statement *
    11. Abstract Reasoning: Set A or B *
    12. Situational Judgement: General Advice *
    13. Strategies by Question Types *
    14. GCSE Mathematics Revision *

* UKCAT course purchase required