Makeen Baroudi

3rd June 2020

How Do Universities Use The UCAT?

  • What universities use the UCAT?
  • How important is the UCAT?
  • What is a UCAT ‘safe score’?
  • How important is the UCAT’s situational judgement section?

1. Universities That Use The UCAT

According to the UCAT website, here are some of the following UK universities that use the UCAT in their admissions process:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Aston University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • Edge Hill University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • You can check out the rest of the other universities that use the UCAT here.

    The following non-UK universities also use the UCAT in their admissions process:

  • American University of the Carribean
  • Poznan University of Medical Sciences
  • Saint Camillus International University of Health and Medical Sciences
  • St George’s University (Grenada).
  • 2. What is a UCAT safe score? What should I score on UCAT to get invited to interview? How do universities use the UCAT?

    The answer to all these questions depends on two key aspects: the university you’re applying for and the rest of your application.

    For example, some universities place particular importance on the UCAT that they have cut-off scores which you absolutely have to meet in order to be invited for an interview. Some of these universities will not shortlist you for an interview if you do not meet this cut-off score regardless of any causes of circumstances. However, other universities may be willing to look at your application more contextually and thus may invite you for interview if, even if you don’t meet their cut-off score.

    This minimum cut-off score for universities is not constant. It depends on the scores of the overall cohort of the year cycle you are applying in. i.e. universities will only be able to tell you what their cut-off score is after everyone has taken the UCAT. Moreover, it is always safe to try and score, at least, better than last year’s average or cut-off score for the university you are applying for.

    You can find free UCAT resources and free practice questions here on our website.

    Each university asks for different cut-off scores. You should find out what the university you are thinking of requires as a minimum UCAT score by visiting that university’s website. For example, here at Plymouth.

    On the other hand, some universities do not have a cut-off score. These will usually treat applicants’ UCAT score in a hierarchical order using a ‘points’ system. Essentially, no minimum cut-off UCAT score is used, but the higher your score the more points you get and, consequently, the stronger your application will be.

    It is worth noting that some universities rely on the UCAT more than others. For example, some universities only use UCAT scores to shortlist candidates for interviews. Others use UCAT and many other aspects of your application such as GCSE grades and extracurricular activities.

    Finally, it is worth mentioning that most universities use the overall UCAT score after the scores of all subtests have been added together. Other universities, however, choose to look at subtests individually.

    3. How important is the situational judgement test?

    Situational judgement is not used by all universities. For example, some universities choose to ignore it and don’t rank their applicants situational judgement scores. Other universities pay a lot more attention to it and care a lot more about it. Once again, it all boils down to which university you are applying for. So if you are unsure about whether or not the university you are applying for considers the situational judgement subtest, be sure to check the specific website for that university.

    You can learn much more about the UCAT, how to revise for it and our top tips by having a look at our UCAT guide.

    Makeen Baroudi

    Product Manager

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