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In January 2019, UKCAT (United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test) was renamed UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test). What does this change from UKCAT to UCAT mean for you as a medical school applicant?

On this page we answer some questions about the UKCAT to UCAT changeover.

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What is UCAT?

Until now, the admissions test used by most UK medical school has been called UKCAT (United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test). From 2019, the name of this exam will change to UCAT. This stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test.

Medical schools will use UCAT scores to rank applicants for interview – just like they did with UKCAT. You can find out more about how universities do this in our UCAT guide.

Will the UCAT exam be the same as the UKCAT?

Yes – UCAT will be the same as UKCAT.

The UCAT Consortium have indicated that, while the name is changing, the test content will remain pretty much identical.

This means it will consist of the same five sections:

You might see a new question type within Situational Judgement. Of course, we’ll be providing advice for how to tackle all question varieties on our site and at our courses.

Overall, UCAT will assesses aptitude for medicine by testing a range of skills necessary to be a good doctor, such as problem-solving, verbal reasoning and numerical skills.

What does this mean if I’m applying to medical school for 2020 entry?

It simply means that instead of sitting the UKCAT in 2019, you will sit the UCAT.

However, as explained above, the UCAT Consortium have stated that the only change is the name of the test. So,  your preparation can still include the same UKCAT practice questions and mock tests.

You can find 2019 test dates, preparation tips and information on each section of the UCAT test in our detailed UCAT guide.

How can I prepare for UCAT 2019?

Our 98.4% recommended UCAT Courses have been revamped by our doctor-led team for 2019.

Practice questions are also a key part of UCAT preparation. Get started for free with our UCAT Question Bank!

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