What is the UKCAT?

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test is a computer-based two-hour examination used by the majority of UK medical and dental schools.

It tests your aptitude, rather than academic ability. Questions examine your cognitive abilities, attitudes and behaviour, not school curriculum or science content, though maths plays an important part.

The UKCAT aims to increase fairness in the selection of students, and attract applicants from a wider background, including under-represented social groups.

Does my school use the UKCAT?

Check the UCAS website.

When do I need to take the UKCAT?

Before you apply to your medical or dental school/university.

We recommend booking as early as possible, because spaces fill up fast. Testing runs from July to October, and you can book up to 90 days in advance.

There are around 150 test centres, so hopefully there’s one close to you. Book early to get a spot in your preferred test centre. Avoiding a long journey to your test reduces the risk of being late and missing your appointment, resulting in expensive re-booking or missing out on your chosen courses this year.

Rebooking is an important consideration: unexpected circumstances such as family emergencies may need you to change your exam date. If you took an appointment at the end of the testing period, it’s highly unlikely that any places will be left.

If you’re reading this well in advance of applying for medicine, and have the available funds, consider taking the UKCAT a year early as a mock exam. The experience will help you prepare and know exactly what to expect in the year of your application. To get the most out of this, try to prepare for it as if it were the real thing.

Can I re-sit?

You can take the UKCAT once per year.

Do I need to practise?

Yes! You need to be familiar with the style, format and nature of the questions, so that you aren’t surprised on the day.Also, with more practise, you will become faster at answering questions (which is very useful when under time pressure) and better at recognising patterns and developing strategies to get the correct answer.
In addition to these free tips, we offer a popular UKCAT online course providing practice questions, mock exams, all with question timing and performance feedback.

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