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UCAT Scores

When will I get my UCAT results?

You will get your UCAT score directly after sitting the test – so you will know your score before you apply to medical school.

How are UCAT scores calculated?

UCAT scores are calculated differently depending which section of the test you’re on. For the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Decision Making sections, you can score between 300 and 900 – but for the Situational Judgement part of the exam, you are awarded a band between 1 and 4.

The table below shows how UCAT scores are calculated in more detail:

Section QuestionsHow is this scored?How many marks is each question worth?
Verbal Reasoning44You get a raw score depending on the number of correct answers. This is scaled into a score between 300 and 900 points. Questions are worth 1 mark each.
Quantitative Reasoning36Same as above.Questions are worth 1 mark each.
Abstract Reasoning55Same as above.Questions are worth 1 mark each.
Decision Making29Same as above.Questions with one correct answer are worth 1 mark.

Questions with multiple statements are worth 2 marks. One mark is awarded to partially correct responses on the multiple-statement questions.
Situational Judgement68Your raw score falls into a category between Band 1 and Band 4, with Band 1 being the highest. You may score points if your answers are close to the correct one.

This means that you can score between 1200 and 3600 points in the test overall.

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What is a good UCAT score?

A good UCAT score for medicine will vary from year to year, but is usually above 650. Most students, however, tend to score between 620 – 630.

A high UCAT score is considered to be above 680. If you manage to get a high UCAT score, you would be wise to apply to universities that place a higher emphasis on the test to boost your chances of getting an interview.

What is considered an average UCAT score?

The average UCAT score changes each year, but is generally between 620 and 630. The average UCAT score last year was 621 – but there isn’t any data for 2019 UCAT test results yet.

What is a low UCAT score?

A low UCAT score is generally below 610. Students with a low UCAT score may worry that it means you can’t get into medical school, but that’s not the case. You could instead consider applying to universities that tend to place little emphasis on the UCAT.

You could also consider taking a year out, and try UCAT tutoring in order to resit and improve your score – or think about other paths into medicine.  You can read more about other routes into medicine below:

Average UKCAT scores between 2015 and 2018

Verbal Reasoning577573570567
Quantitative Reasoning685690695658
Abstract Reasoning640630629637
Decision Analysis (replaced by unscored Decision Making in 2016)629Unscored in 2016647624
Total 2531189325402485

UCAT score deciles 

Another way of understanding UCAT scores is to look at the decile your score falls in. Each decile represents 10% of students, and so the tenth decile represents the top 10% of students.

The scores in the table show the highest score you would need to achieve to be placed in that decile. But don’t forget that the deciles for 2016 do not include Decision Making scores, because this was unmarked.

Decile Ranking2015201620172018
10th2850 & above2160 & above2870 & above2820 & above

Where should I apply with my UCAT score?

You’ll know your UCAT score before you apply to university, which means you can be strategic with your UCAS applications.

As the last testing date is approximately two weeks before the UCAS submission date, it’s important that you use your score to apply strategically. This means researching how different medical schools will use the UCAT in their admissions process.

If you scored highly, it’s a good idea to apply to universities that place a lot of emphasis on the UCAT. Many have a UCAT cut-off score and rank their applicants this way. This means your chance of securing an interview will be higher if you performed well in the UCAT.

Similarly, if you didn’t get the UCAT score you were hoping for, it’s a good idea to apply to universities that place more emphasis on other aspects of the admissions criteria – for example, predicted A-Level grades.

Wondering which universities to apply to with a particular score? You might find it useful to look at our blog series below.

Remember that these blogs are only guidelines – if you’re applying to university, we strongly encourage you to check with the individual universities themselves on their policies before making any significant application decisions.

It is also worth keeping in mind that universities change their UCAT criteria each year, so these blogs should be used as a guide only for the year of entry specified.

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