Join the UKCAT Consortium

If you are an organisation interested in joining the UKCAT Consortium and using any of our tests as part of your admissions process please email us.

We work collaboratively with our Consortium members to ensure we meet their needs and continue to promote best practice in admissions.  This has led to the development of quality tests with extensive support for candidates underpinned by an extensive and robust research infrastructure.

What makes us different? 

We are a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2005, by a consortium of leading UK Medical and Dental schools to meet the challenge of effectively selecting applicants for their medicine and dentistry programmes.

The UKCAT is different to other medical admissions tests in that it assesses both the cognitive skills and the non-cognitive skills needed to be a successful clinician.

Leading provider in medical admissions testing

We are the largest provider of admissions tests for medical and dental schools in the UK, with 28 UK universities using the UKCAT for one or more of their programmes.

We have a growing number of international associate member universities using our test as part of their admissions process.

Over 24,000 candidates sit the UKCAT each year.

Assesses the skills needed by universities and the medical profession

Unlike other admissions tests, the UKCAT tests a range mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours critical for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. We choose not to test academic competence, which we believe is already tested by A-levels (or their equivalent).

 Security of a computer-based test

Our test is delivered securely on-line by Pearson VUE, a market leader in computer based testing, throughout the UK and internationally.

Computer based testing allows for the immediate release of results to candidates with no delays in marking / results delivery.

Flexibility for a global market

Candidates choose to sit the test when and where they like in over 160 test centres throughout the UK and in a further 140 countries internationally.

We are experienced in meeting the needs of international universities who wish to use our test at different times of the year to suit their admissions cycle.

We offer the SJT subtest as a standalone test in the form of the SJTace.

Established Quality & Reliability

As established deliverers of high stakes, high volume testing, we are a fixed point in a complex changing HE environment.

Our Universities receive results around two weeks after the UCAS deadline through a secure online results delivery system.

Continuous Innovation

SJTs have become a routine part of selection in medical and dental training; UKCAT is the only admissions test in the UK to have developed these, working with the internationally renowned Work Psychology Group.

We routinely analyse our test using industry standard statistical analysis.

We invest significantly in our research infrastructure which is used to develop and improve the test and enhance medical/dental admissions.

Underpinned by Research

The UKCAT is an efficient, reliable and valid method of discriminating between large numbers of similar candidates.

Research shows that our test is a valid predictor of performance in medical school.

We have a strong portfolio of research which we make available on our website in the interests of transparency and in order to encourage further studies.

The researchers we work with are at the forefront of researching medical and dental selection.

Our drive to improve the evidence base for selection in the UK has undoubtedly provided a catalyst for researching wider selection issues.

As a founder member of UKMED we work with a range of other stakeholders in medical education in creating unique opportunities for new research informing the development of medical education and assessment.

First class Candidate experience

An easy online booking system, with highly trained Customer services support available to all candidates.

Extensive advice to candidates and free preparation materials – many other providers charge for some materials.

Interim results released mid-test cycle to allow candidates to consider their ranking and, unlike some admissions tests, our candidates can use their result to inform their UCAS choices.

Strong commitment to Widening Participation

Research shows that stronger use of the test can lead to more WP candidates being made offers.

Over 3000 candidates receive a full-fee bursary – offering is limited/non-existent from other test providers.

Actively working with national WP organisations and WP teams at Consortium Universities to ensure information regarding the test reaches WP candidates.

Continued investment in new versions of the test to meet the needs of a wider pool of candidates with Special Educational Needs.

Consortium Member Benefits

Be part of a partnership of Universities who direct the development and delivery of the test and help to shape the test and the organisation through membership on our various Consortium Committees.

Regular member meetings which focus on the development and delivery of the test in addition to considering topical selection and admission issues.  These are also a valuable forum for sharing of best practice and networking with other medical / dental admissions colleagues.

Members also have the opportunity to lead on / bid for research projects.