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You’ll get your UCAT scores before the UCAS deadline, which means you can be strategic about which medical school 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 3,600. 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. Instead of getting a score, you’ll be put into one of four bands, depending on your performance. Band 1 is the highest, and band 4 is the lowest.

UCAT Deciles

Each year UCAT scores are sorted into deciles, with each one representing 10% of candidates. For example, a UCAT score in the 1st decile means that you have scored in the bottom 10% of all UCAT takers. A score in the 10th decile means you are in the top 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 UCAS on the application deadline, after which UCAT universities will then be able to see your scores.


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What Is A Good UCAT Score?

A good UCAT score will vary from year to year. Typically a score above 650 would represent a good outcome, and above 680 would normally be considered a high score.

In 2020, a good UCAT score is between 640 and 670, and a high score is over 670.

Check out our latest advice on where to apply with a good UCAT score and 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 2019, the average UCAT score was 620 and in 2020 the average was 628.

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What Is A Low UCAT Score?

A low UCAT score is generally below 610. If this reflects your UCAT result, it doesn’t mean your dreams of getting into Med School are over. But you do need to be strategic with where you apply if you have a low UCAT score.


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How Is My UCAT Score Used?

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

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

Find out how each university will use your UCAT score.


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