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What is the UCAT?

The UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) is a computer based admission test used by medical and dentistry schools in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The UCAT replaces the UKCAT and the UMAT respectively.

Which universities require the UCAT?

United Kingdom

Aberdeen, Anglia Ruskin, Aston, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Hull York Medical School, Keele, King’s College London, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Queen Mary University of London, Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, St. Andrew’s, St. George’s London and Warwick (Graduate Entry).

Australia & New Zealand

​The University of Adelaide, Curtin University. Monash University, The University of Newcastle / University of New England, The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland, University of Tasmania, The University of Western Australia, Western Sydney University,
​The University of Auckland, University of Otago

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What is tested in the UCAT?

The UCAT is made up of 5 unique sections, each to be completed in their own time frame.

Verbal Reasoning

Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.
44 Questions
​21 Minutes

Decision Making

Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.
29 Questions
31 Minutes

Quantitative Reasoning

Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.
36 Questions
24 Minutes

Abstract Reasoning

Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.
55 Questions
​13 Minutes

Situational Judgement

Measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.
69 Questions
​26 Minutes

UCAT v UKCAT : What is the difference between the UCAT and UKCAT?

In view of this entrance examination being used worldwide and no longer only in the United Kingdom, the examination name has been updated accordingly. The sections and techniques required to succeed remain the same, and can be found in our Intensive UCAT Preparation Guide.

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UCAT v UMAT : What is the difference between the UCAT and UMAT?

The UMAT has now been retired and replaced by the UCAT examination for Australian and New Zealand Medicine & Dentistry applications. The UCAT is  very different to the UMAT, and is comprised of five unique sections compared to the three sections tested in the UMAT examination

How to prepare for the UCAT?

At BlackStone Tutors, we have been preparing students for the UCAT (formerly known as UKCAT), for over 10 years. That’s why each year hundreds of students and leading schools choose BlackStone Tutors Courses, Books and Online Resources to be their trusted revision partner.


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