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 UKCAT is a two-hour computer-based test.  It consists of five separately timed subtests which assess a range of mental abilities identified by university medical and dental schools as important.  Each subtest contains a number of items in a multiple-choice format.

Candidates either sit the standard UKCAT or the UKCATSEN (Special Educational Needs) if they are entitled to additional time due to a documented medical condition or disability. 

UKCAT 2017

Items

UKCAT Timing*

UKCATSEN Timing**

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

44

22 minutes

27.5 minutes

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

29

32 minutes

40
minutes

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

36

25 minutes

31.25 minutes

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

55

14 minutes

17.5 minutes

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

68

27 minutes

33.75 minutes

Total Time

 

120 minutes

150 minutes

* Each UKCAT subtest includes 1 minute of instruction time.

** Each UKCATSEN subtest includes 1 minute 15 seconds of instruction time.