UKCAT Test

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test is used in the selection process by the majority of UK University Medical and Dental Schools.

UKCAT Test Format

The information below is subject to change.  Finalised details of the 2018 test programme will be updated in due course.

The UKCAT is a two-hour computer-based test which assess a range of mental abilities identified by university medical and dental schools as important.  It consists of five separately timed subtests which each contain a number of questions in a multiple-choice format.  Once started the test cannot be paused for a break but before each subtest there is a timed instruction section.  

Candidates either sit the standard UKCAT or an extended version of the test if they are entitled to extra time due to a documented medical condition or disability. 

UKCAT Subtests 2018

Questions

UKCAT

UKCATSEN

Verbal Reasoning
Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.

44

1 minute instruction section

21 minutes test time

1 minute 15 second instruction section

26 minutes 15 seconds test time

Decision Making
Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.

29

1 minute instruction section

31
minutes test time

1 minute 15 second instruction section

38 minutes 45 seconds test time

Quantitative Reasoning
Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.

36

1 minute instruction section

24 minutes test time

1 minute 15 second instruction section

30 minutes test time

Abstract Reasoning
Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.

55

1 minute instruction section

13 minutes test time

1 minute 15 second instruction section

16 minutes 15 seconds test time

Situational Judgement
Measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.

69

1 minute instruction section

26 minutes test time

1 minute 15 second instruction section

32 minutes 30 seconds test time

 Please see the information on Access Arrangements for timings in the other versions of the test.