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All medical schools require applicants to complete an admissions test, as part of the application process to study Medicine. Here at Hull York Medical School, we require applicants to have completed the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).


What is UCAT?

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by a consortium of UK universities for their medical and dental degree programmes.

The UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test which assess a range of mental abilities mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required to be successful doctors and dentists.

The test is delivered in Pearson VUE test centres in locations throughout the UK and internationally.

Your test results are used in conjunction with other admissions processes, such as the UCAS application and academic qualifications.

Entry requirements

What are our UCAT entry requirements?

Please check our entry requirements for Medicine or Medicine with a Gateway Year for details of our UCAT entry requirements.

Selection process

How are UCAT results used in our selection process?

We award a points based upon your total UCAT score and your UCAT SJT Band as part of our ranking of applicants to select for interview.

We also award points based on your UCAT SJT Band as part of our selection for offer after interviews have taken place.

Please visit our selection procedure page for details.

Taking the test

A step-by-step guide to taking the UCAT

We understand that UCAT may be daunting, so have produced this handy step-by-step guide to help you through the process.

1. Register on the UCAT website

UCAT testing usually take place between the beginning of July and October, although do note that registrations close earlier - usually around mid-September.

Register on the UCAT website

2. Apply for a UCAT bursary to cover your test fee (eligibility criteria apply)

UCAT offer to cover the full test fee for UK/EU students who meet their eligibility criteria for the bursary.

You can apply for this even if you have already paid for your test.

If you are eligible for the bursary we encourage you to apply for it, as we will take this into consideration when scoring your application.

Apply for the bursary on the UCAT website.

3. Book your UCAT test

After you have registered on the UCAT website, you can book your test.

UCAT testing takes place at Pearson Vue test centres across the UK and internationally.

UCAT usually offer a range of test dates from around July to October each year.

Ensure you book a date that allows you enough time to prepare and practice for your test.

4. Prepare for your UCAT test

It’s important that you prepare for your test.

UCAT offer free official practice materials, including practice tests, a preparation plan and question banks which have been developed by the UCAT Consortium to support test preparation.

5. UCAT test day

You must arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to complete the check-in process.

Before you set off for your test, make a note of the test centre’s address and phone number and find it on a map. Make sure you know how long it will take you to get there on public transport or via car and where to park.

If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to take the test and you will have to book and pay for a new test slot on another day.

You will also need to take identification and documentation with you as stated on the UCAT website.

After the check-in process has been completed you will be taken into the testing room and allocated a desk space at which you will find a PC.

Visit the UCAT website for further details.

6. Check your test results meet our entry requirements

When you leave the test centre you will be given a copy of your UCAT score report. Your score report will also be accessible online through your Pearson VUE account.

Check that your UCAT results meet our entry requirements for Medicine or Medicine with a Gateway Year before you submit an application to us.

7. UCAT results delivered to universities

After the UCAS application deadline has passed, UCAT work with UCAS to obtain details of the UCAT Consortium universities you have applied to.

UCAT then provide your test result directly to your chosen universities.

Therefore, you do not need to tell UCAT your application choices or include your test result in your UCAS application.

Applications meeting our entry requirements are scored and then ranked for interview. Visit our selection procedure for details of how points are allocated.