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You’ll get your UCAT scores before you apply to university, 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 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.

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

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

2021 Interim Scores

UCAT has published the preliminary scores for the first half of the 2020 tests. With 16,996 candidates having sat the test already, the interim mean score is 2,570.

Decile Rank2021 Interim score2020 interim
1st22302250
2nd23502370
3rd24302450
4th25002510
5th25702580
6th26402640
7th27102710
8th28002790
9th29202910

Find out more about what this means for you and your 2022 Medicine application in our blog on interim UCAT scores.

What Is A Good UCAT Score?

What counts as a good UCAT score actually varies 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 was between 640 and 670, and a high score is over 670.

Check out our latest advice on where to apply in the UK with a good UCAT score and where to apply in the UK 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.

Looking for advice on where to apply in the UK with an average UCAT score? Read this!

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 in the UK if you have a low UCAT score.

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Previous UK UCAT Scores

Students usually struggle the most with Verbal Reasoning, with the average score at around 570. In comparison, students tend to be most comfortable with Quantitative Reasoning, getting an average score of 678. Abstract Reasoning scores tended to fall between 630 and 640, while Decision Making scores see more variation.

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

The table below shows deciles for the last five years:

Decile Ranking201520162017201820192020
1st2210164022302160 21702170
2nd233017302340228022802290
3rd241017902420236023602370
4th247018502480242024202450
5th254018902540249024802510
6th260019402600255025402580
7th266019902670261026102650
8th274020602750269026902730
9th284021502860281026902850
10th2850 & above2160 & above2870 & above2820 & above2700 & above2900 & above

The table below shows the average score for each section:

 201520162017201820192020
Verbal Reasoning577573570567565570
Quantitative Reasoning685690695658662664
Abstract Reasoning640630629637638653
Decision Analysis (replaced by unscored Decision Making in 2016)629Unscored in 2016647624618625
Total 253118932540248524832511
Average633631635621620628

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

 201520162017201820192020
Band 49%9%9%13%10%9%
Band 322%22%21%32%33%24%
Band 245%44%42%34%40%36%
Band 124%26%28%21%17%30%

Previous UCAT ANZ Scores

Because the UCAT ANZ has only been running for a couple of years, there’s much less data about previous test scores in Australia and New Zealand.

Decile Ranking20192020
1st21402150
2nd22602280
3rd23352370
4th24052440
5th24702520
6th25402590
7th26102680
8th27102780
9th28502920

It’s worth noting that the mean UCAT ANZ score for 2020 was:

  • 577 in Verbal Reasoning
  • 635 in Decision Making
  • 671 in Quantitative Reasoning
  • 644 in Abstract Reasoning
  • 2527 overall

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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