Were your UCAT scores average this year? An average UCAT score typically means scoring an average of 610 – 640 in each section, with a total of between 2,440 and 2,560. If that’s you, read on for tips about where to apply with an average score.
There is no cut-off UCAT score for East Anglia. If there are more applications meeting the entry requirements than there are interview places available, the UCAT will be used to rank applicants.
Those scoring most strongly will be invited to interview.
As for how the UCAT is assessed, East Anglia comment that “subsection scores may be used to rank the applicants for selection for interview”. In the past, each of the 4 subsections (Verbal, Abstract, Decision and Quantitative) has been scored. East Anglia comment that “a high score is advantageous; however a low score does not disqualify an applicant from consideration.”
Although there is no UCAT cut-off, in the past East Anglia has commented that from their experience “it is unusual for an applicant with a UCAT score lower than the 3rd decile to be invited to interview. In previous years this was a score in the region of 2400.”
For 2020 entry, the average UCAT score of those invited to interview was 2557, for 2019 entry this was 2585.
The SJT is used alongside the interview score and the overall UCAT score to rank and select students when making offers. Whilst the personal statement is not scored, it is discussed at your interview.
At Hull York, UCAT is used alongside GCSEs to select for interview.
Those meeting Hull York’s minimum academic requirements are ranked based off their GCSEs, UCAT and SJT, out of a total of 85 points, with around the top half of the ranking invited to interview.
The top 8 GCSEs are scored to give a maximum 30 points, the UCAT up to 40 points and the SJT band up to 15 points. If you qualify for widening participation you may also receive an additional 15 points. You can find more information on this here.
The Personal Statement is read, but not formally scored. Those with band 4 in the SJT will be rejected.
Although UCAT makes up the largest part of selection for interview, the average UCAT score for those interviewed was 663 for 2017 entry. Keep in mind this is the average, so those with very high scores will skew this average. The median UCAT score of offer holders for 2015 entry was 680, this means 50% of offer holders scored 680 or less (the interquartile range was 62). The SJT plays a large role which means your UCAT score may not have to be as high.
Once you are invited to interview, UCAT score and GCSEs are forgotten about, with applicants scored at interview and ranked again. Previously students have undergone 2 x 10-minute interviews, a group exercise, a role-play scenario and task station
The SJT is then used again to contribute extra points to your interview score. If you received widening participation points during interview selection, you will also receive them at this stage as well. Students ranked at the top will then receive an offer. This means if you have a Band 1 in the SJT, you would be walking into the interview with an immediate advantage. In 2018, 60% of offers were made to students with Band 1 SJT, 38% to students with Band 2 and 2% to students with Band 3.
For students who have an average UCAT score but did well on the SJT and have some good GCSEs then Hull York could be a good option.
Selection for interview at Leicester is based on 50% academics and 50% overall UCAT score. Each is scored out of a possible 32 points, giving a total of 64 points. Those with the most points are invited to interview.
If you have predicted A-Levels, the top 8 GCSE qualifications are scored (including English Language, Maths and 2 Sciences). An A* (8/9) at GCSE is awarded 4 points, an A (7) 3 points and a B (6) 1 point.
Graduates or those with achieved A-Levels have their academics scored differently, more info can be found here.
For the UCAT, you are allocated points for your overall score. A score of 3200 or above is given the maximum of 32 points. Then for every 50 points below this you will lose half a point. For example, a score between 3199 and 3150 results in 31.5 points. A score in the bottom two deciles is given a maximum of 16 points. You can see more about this here.
The cut-off score for interview was 55 for 2020 entry in students with predicted A levels. The same cut off for 2019 entry was 54.5 and 2018 entry was 53.5. You can find out more about these statistics here, including for graduate applicants and those with achieved A-Levels.
Leicester states, ‘applicants with Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will be automatically rejected pre-interview’.
For candidates deemed ‘borderline’ (near the points cut off), Leicester may take into account your ‘personal qualities’ by using your Personal Statement and reference.
Leicester say on their website exactly how your academics and UCAT are scored, so you can work out how many points you’d get before you apply!
Since academics contribute 50%, there is not a UCAT cut off score. Nevertheless, the higher your UCAT scores, the better the chance of interview. In fact, the median UCAT score of those given offers for 2015 entry was 682.5, and the lowest score accepted was 587.5!
However, if applying with a UCAT score like this you need to have impeccable academics. Finally, if you are applying within two years of leaving school with A level grades already achieved and AAA or higher, meet Leicester’s GCSE requirements, have a UCAT score in the top 7 deciles and SJT band between 1 and 3, you are guaranteed an interview.
St George’s is one of the few medical schools that uses a minimum cut off for each of the cognitive sections in the UCAT. To secure an interview, applicants must achieve a certain overall score plus a minimum in each of those four sections.
You will need to score at least 500 in Verbal, Quantitative and Abstract Reasoning, and Decision Making. The overall score needed will only be determined once applications are submitted, but for 2020 entry this was 2480, 2490 for 2019 entry, 2590 for 2018 entry, 2600 for 2016 entry and 2550 for 2015 entry. This equates to about the top 45% of those sitting the UCAT.
As you can see, the cut off scores for the last few years have been considerably lower than previous years, it is difficult to say if this is a one-off or a result of the extra places available at UK medical schools, reducing competition. The SJT is not used. UCAT will not be used further once a student is invited to interview but may be used to rank any students put on the waiting list for offers.
In the first stage of selection at Southampton, applicants will be ranked based on their total UCAT score. Then in the second stage, they will be screened against the medical school’s academic criteria. Those who meet the criteria and have an ‘appropriate UCAT score’ will be invited to interview.
Southampton also says ‘selectors will look for evidence of non-academic criteria during the application process’. This will be assessed at the interview. However, the Personal Statement is not assessed. The SJT is not used.
Offers are determined based on performance at interview, which is reviewed alongside the UCAT score. Since Southampton is ranking using UCAT, this is the key factor in determining the likelihood of an interview. For 2019 entry, the lowest score invited for interview was 2510. This score was then 2580 for 2018 entry. Since academics are just used as a screening process, it does not appear to be of particular importance.
At Anglia Ruskin, students are first screened to ensure they meet their academic criteria. All students who do are then ranked on their overall UCAT score, and those ranking highest receiving an invitation to interview. UCAT scores for students receiving interviews are summarised in the below table:
|Eligible for WAMS||Not eligible for WAMS||Eligible for WAMS||Not eligible for WAMS|
|Average UCAT Score||2535.3||2637.7||2598.6||2593.8|
|Median UCAT Score||2590||2610||2560||2560|
|Minimum UCAT Score||2480||2480||2500||2420|
WAMS refers to Anglia Ruskin’s “widening access to medicine scheme”, where students meeting certain widening participation criteria can receive a lowered conditional offer. Anglia Ruskin also comments there will be extra points awarded when allocating interviews “for living or studying up to one academic year prior to the time of your application in the East of England region, with further points for Essex”.
No weighting is applied to academics, Personal Statement or reference. Once at interview, offers will be made purely on performance at interview. You should also “be prepared to discuss or use aspects of your Personal Statement at the MMIs”. Students with a Band 4 in their SJT will also be eliminated. Previously, Anglia Ruskin has commented that the SJT may also be used in a ‘tiebreak’ situation when making offers.
Applicants to Aston are first assessed on achieved qualifications and UCAT score. This is used to rank applicants and those ranked highest will be invited to interview. Following the interview, offers are made considering “performance across academic qualifications, UCAT score and interview”.
Personal statements are not scored but are read alongside the reference and both are taken into consideration. For GCSES, Aston comments they score “6 GCSEs with Maths, English Language, Biology and Chemistry being compulsory. The highest two grades in the remaining subjects are included to make up 6 in total. The grades are given a score: A* (9/8) = 4, A (7) =3, B (6) = 2, C (5) = 1. Predicted A levels are not scored. Achieved A-Levels are scored. A* = 4, A = 3, B = 2.”
As for the UCAT, Aston has said the “total possible range of UCAT scores are divided into equal deciles from 3600 to 1200 with points, in 0.5 gradations awarded.” For the SJT, all four bands are accepted. However, Aston has not specified how the SJT will be used.
In selection for interview, academics will account for two thirds and UCAT the remaining third.
Last year was the first year Edge Hill accepted applications making it very difficult to suggest what kind of profile they are looking for in an applicant. So far, we know that applicants must first meet Edge Hill’s academic criteria, after which they will be ranked according to their UCAT scores. The ranking will then be used to set a UCAT threshold, with the threshold depending on the number of applicants that year.
What kind of UCAT score will be needed? Unfortunately, at this stage, it is impossible to know – but since Edge Hill is new, it is likely not many people will apply. Therefore, it is unlikely a very high score will be needed. As for the SJT, any applicants scoring a Band 4 will be eliminated.
For students meeting Edge Hill’s Widening Participation criteria, the UCAT threshold needed to reach interview will be lower.
After interview, students will be ranked based on MMI performance. The Personal Statement and reference may be used to distinguish between borderline applicants.
Kent & Medway have also only started accepting applications from 2020 entry onwards, meaning little is known about their admissions process.
They have commented that “UCAT scores will be used alongside our entry criteria when initially assessing applications. There will be a further review of contextual data and applicants’ Personal Statement before the final selection for MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) takes place.”
Applicants who meet Kent & Medway’s entry requirements will proceed to be compared against their UCAT cut off. Last year this was 2420. Applicants with band 4 in the SJT were not considered further. Kent & Medway have commented that they cannot guarantee the cut-off score will be similar this year.
For students who achieve this UCAT threshold, they also undergo a ‘contextualisation’ process where their achieved academics are compared relative to the average of that student’s school.
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