Interim UCAT results are typically released in mid September, a few weeks before the end of the testing period.
It’s possible that the final UCAT results will differ from the interim results to some extent, but there usually isn’t a huge difference. This means that you can use the interim results to get a rough idea of how you compare to other candidates and what decile your score is likely to put you in.
Your UCAT score is important, but it isn’t the only factor used by Medical Schools when they are shortlisting candidates for interview.
You need to understand:
You can find out how different Medical Schools use UCAT scores in our UCAT universities guide.
It might be a good idea to apply to Medical Schools which rank candidates purely by UCAT score, or place a lot of emphasis on the UCAT, when they are shortlisting for interview. For these universities, the higher your UCAT score is, the more likely you are to get invited to interview.
A high UCAT score is a great thing to have, so it would be a shame if you didn’t take full advantage of it!
Find out more: Where To Apply With A High UCAT Score
You may want to consider Medical Schools which don’t rank by UCAT score alone and will also look at other aspects of your application such as academic achievements.
With a medium score, you could also think about Medical Schools which do rank candidates by UCAT score, but don’t impose a very high cut-off score for who gets invited to interview. UCAT scores are predominantly used for interview selection – and once you’ve been invited to attend an interview, your interview performance becomes the most important thing.
Find out more: Where To Apply With An Average UCAT Score
You should probably apply to Medical Schools which place less emphasis on UCAT scores when selecting candidates for interview. At some universities, the selection criteria is weighted more heavily towards academic achievements than towards the UCAT (e.g. 75% academic vs. 25% UCAT).
With a low UCAT score, you could also look at Medical Schools which typically use a low cut-off score (lower than the score you achieved) when inviting candidates to interview. As mentioned above, your interview performance is the most important thing once you’ve actually been invited to interview.
Find out more: Where To Apply With A Low UCAT Score
You will find that some Medical Schools have specific requirements when it comes to the Situational Judgement test. For example, some will automatically reject any candidate with Band 4.
Make sure you check this information before making any decisions with your application.
As part of our UCAT 2023 webinar series, we have a webinar about how to use your UCAT score strategically: register now!
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