You’ll get your UCAT score before you apply to Medical School, which means you can be strategic about which UCAT university you apply to. But how is the test scored? And what is a good UCAT score?

How Is The UCAT Scored?

The UCAT is scored out of 3600. Marks are spread across four sections: Verbal ReasoningQuantitative ReasoningAbstract Reasoning and Decision Making.

Your performance on each of these sections is scaled to a score between 300 and 900 and then added together to get your overall UCAT score.

The Situational Judgement section is scored differently in the UCAT and the UCAT ANZ. In the UK, you’ll be put into one of four bands, depending on your performance. SJT band 1 is the highest, and band 4 is the lowest.

Certain Medical Schools will automatically reject candidates with band 4 in Situational Judgement.

In the UCAT ANZ, the SJT score is between 300 and 900 and follows the scoring of the other subtests.

This is how UCAT scores are broken down:

  • Verbal Reasoning: Score between 300 and 900
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Score between 300 and 900
  • Abstract Reasoning: Score between 300 and 900
  • Decision Making: Score between 300 and 900
  • Situational Judgement: Score between Band 1 and Band 4 in the UK, or between 300 and 900 in UCAT ANZ

UCAT Percentiles

Your UCAT percentile tells you how you performed on the test compared to other candidates. The higher your percentile is, the better you performed.

For example, if you’re in the 90th percentile, this means that you scored higher than 90% of test-takers. A top 1% UCAT score would put you in the 99th percentile.

Percentiles are converted into deciles, so the 90th percentile becomes the 9th UCAT decile, the 80th percentile becomes the 8th UCAT decile, and so on.

UCAT Deciles

Every year, UCAT scores are sorted into deciles, with each one representing 10% of candidates. The higher your UCAT score is, the higher your decile will be – so the 9th decile is the highest and the 1st decile is the lowest.

A score in the 9th decile means you are in the top 10% of test-takers. At the other end of the scale, a score in the 1st decile means that you have scored in the bottom 10%.


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When Do I Get My UCAT Test Results?

You’ll get your UCAT test results immediately after you finish the test. Your results will be handed to you as you leave the test centre.

Your UCAT score will also be available online via your Pearson VUE account, but you should allow up to 24 hours for them to be uploaded.

Your results will be shared with the universities you’ve applied to on the application deadline, after which UCAT universities will then be able to see your scores.

The 2024 UCAT test can be booked from 18th June and testing starts from 8th July. You can register here.

What Is A Good UCAT Score?

A UCAT score above 650 is usually considered good. However, this can vary each year depending on other candidates’ performance.

Technically, a ‘good’ UCAT score is whatever score gets you above the threshold of your chosen UCAT universities. That’s why understanding how to use your UCAT score when you shortlist Medical Schools is so important.

We can guide you on this via application advice.

What Is A High UCAT Score?

Scoring in the top 20% would be considered a high UCAT score, so the 8th decile (the 80th percentile) or higher. In 2023, a score of 2760+ would have been a high UCAT score in the UK – or 2840 in Australia and New Zealand.

Find out more: Where To Apply With A High UCAT Score

What Is An Average UCAT Score?

The average UCAT score changes each year – but is generally between 620 and 630. In 2023 the average UCAT score was 629, or a total of 2516 in the UK. This was a score in the 5th decile, or the 50th percentile.

The average hasn’t changed much in the last few years: it was 625 in 2022 and the same in 2021.

For Australia and New Zealand, the average score in 2023 was 641, or a total of 2563.

Find out more: Where To Apply With An Average UCAT Score

What Is A Low UCAT Score?

A low UCAT score is generally below 610. You can still get into Medicine with a low UCAT score – but you will need to be very strategic about where you apply.

If you have a low UCAT score, you should identify universities which have low UCAT cut-offs and avoid applying to universities that will rank you by UCAT score alone.

In terms of the lowest UCAT score accepted, Sunderland says that your score must be within the top 8 deciles and Keele has stated a cut-off score of 2280 before.

Find out more: Where To Apply With A Low UCAT Score

What UCAT Score Is Needed For Medicine?

There is no single minimum UCAT score that you need in order to get into Medical School – it depends on how each UCAT university uses scores.

Some will rank applicants by score, which means you need to score as high as possible to stand a chance of being shortlisted. Some need you to beat a low cut-off score to be considered.

Some will assess your application based on things like A-Level grades instead, which means you have a chance of being shortlisted even with a lower UCAT score.


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Final 2023 UCAT Scores

In 2023, there were 35,625 UCAT test-takers. The mean UCAT score was 2516.

The mean scores for each subtest were:

  • Verbal Reasoning – 591
  • Decision Making – 623
  • Quantitative Reasoning – 649
  • Abstract Reasoning – 652

The final deciles for the 2023 UCAT were:

  • 1st decile – 2150
  • 2nd decile – 2270
  • 3rd decile – 2360
  • 4th decile – 2440
  • 5th decile – 2510
  • 6th decile – 2580
  • 7th decile – 2660
  • 8th decile – 2760
  • 9th decile – 2890

Among the 2023 test-takers, 25% achieved a Band 1 in Situational Judgement. 39% scored in Band 2, 26% in Band 3 and 9% in Band 4.

Find out more via our 2023 UCAT Scores Analysis.

Previous UK UCAT Scores

Based on past UCAT scores, students usually struggle the most with Verbal Reasoning, with the average score at 591 in 2023. In comparison, students tend to be most comfortable with Abstract Reasoning, getting an average score of 652.

Quantitative Reasoning scores have fallen two years in a row since 2021, with the most recent average at 649. Decision Making scores tend to vary and the average was 623 last year.

The easiest way to compare previous year scores is by reviewing the scores for each decile or percentile – but please remember that these don’t include the Situational Judgement results because that’s scored differently.

UK UCAT deciles for previous years:

Decile Ranking2017201820192020202120222023
1st22302160 21702170215021202150

Previous average scores for UK:

Verbal Reasoning570567565570572567591
Quantitative Reasoning695658662664665658649
Abstract Reasoning629637638653651659652
Decision Making647624618625610616623
Total 2540248524832511249925002516

Scoring is different for Situational Judgement,  but as you can see below, most students scored Band 2 in this section.

UK Situational Judgement scores:

Band 49%13%10%9%16%14%9%
Band 321%32%33%24%33%31%26%
Band 242%34%40%36%36%36%39%
Band 128%21%17%30%14%20%25%

Previous UCAT ANZ Scores

Decile Ranking20192020202120222023

How Is My UCAT Score Used?

When it comes to shortlisting candidates, Medical Schools will use your UCAT score in three different ways:

  • Candidates will be ranked by score, and only the top-scorers will be shortlisted
  • A cut-off score will be defined, and you’ll only be shortlisted if you meet this
  • Scores will be viewed holistically alongside everything else that makes up your application

Discover how each university will use your UCAT score.


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