Everything you need to know about UCAT 2022

Everything you need to know about UCAT 2022

3 months ago by Chris

Do you want to study medicine or dentistry in 2023? If so, you will need to sit UCAT 2022. This blog describes everything you need to know about UCAT 2022.


What is UCAT?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. The UCAT is a 2-hour long computer-based exam that is required to gain entry into most medicine and dentistry courses across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. 


Which universities require UCAT?

A full list of courses that require UCAT 2022 can be found here: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/about-ucat/universities/

Each university varies in how it uses UCAT scores, but most use UCAT scores to select students for interview and for final offers of a medicine or dentistry place. 


When will UCAT 2022 be held?

UCAT 2022 will take place from 11th July to 29th September.  Students can choose their preferred testing date when booking their UCAT test. This date can also be changed if required. 


Where can I sit UCAT 2022?

UCAT 2022 will be held in a range of Pearson VUE testing centres across the UK and in some overseas locations. Most UCAT 2022 testing centres are located in major cities, but some are also located in regional and rural areas.

To find your nearest test centre, please visit the following page and type in your address: https://wsr.pearsonvue.com/ukcat/locate/


How do I register for UCAT?

You can register for UCAT 2022 by creating an online account with Pearson VUE, and then booking your preferred UCAT 2022 testing date.

Account registrations open on 24th May and then bookings begin on the 20th June. Bookings close on 22nd September (12 noon BST).

You can register for UCAT at: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/register/booking-your-test


What is the cost to sit UCAT 2022?

It will cost £70 to sit UCAT 2022.

Tests taken outside the UK will cost £115.

There is a bursary scheme to help those candidates who are in financial need. This allows candidates to take the test for free. Applications must be sent between 24th May 2022 and 30th September 2022 (4pm BST).


How often can I sit UCAT?

If you are applying to Auckland or Otago, you will need to sit the UCAT  in your first year of university, but you will first become eligible to sit UCAT in your final year of secondary school. You can sit the exam only once in that year and, if needs be, once a year every year after that.

You will need to sit the UCAT 2022 if you are applying for entry in 2023 (or deferred entry in 2024). UCAT scores are valid for one year.


What is being tested in UCAT? What is the content of UCAT? 

The UCAT aims to assess qualities considered desirable in medicine and dentistry, such as problem solving, empathy, abstract reasoning and critical thinking.

The UCAT consists of five separately timed subtests:

  • UCAT Verbal Reasoning – assesses your ability to quickly read a text and answer questions.
  • UCAT Decision Making – assesses your ability to make decisions and judgements using complex information.
  • UCAT Quantitative Reasoning – assesses your ability to evaluate information presented in a numerical form.
  • UCAT Abstract Reasoning – assesses your ability to infer relationships from information.
  • UCAT Situational Judgement – assesses your ability to understand real world situations and to suggest appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.


What is the structure and timing of UCAT?

The five UCAT subtests are separately timed, and each contains several questions. There are 225 multiple choice UCAT questions distributed as follows:


UCAT subtest Number of UCAT questions Standard UCAT time allotted
UCAT Verbal Reasoning 44 21 minutes
UCAT Decision Making 29 31 minutes
UCAT Quantitative Reasoning 36 25 minutes
UCAT Abstract Reasoning 50 12 minutes
UCAT Situational Judgement 66 26 minutes
Total 225 115 minutes


Each UCAT subtest is preceded by 1 minute for reading instructions. 

UCAT is very different to traditional knowledge-based tests encountered in school and university. It is also highly time pressured. Therefore, quality UCAT 2022 courses are essential to succeed.


What do I need to take with me when sitting UCAT?

You must take acceptable identification and the email confirming your test appointment into UCAT. You cannot take anything else into UCAT, such as food, drink, your phone or a bag. All of these items must be left in a locker before entering the UCAT exam room.

You cannot take paper and pens into the UCAT test, but you will be provided with a small noteboard and marker pen so you can make notes during the test. You cannot take in a calculator, but you will be able to use the onscreen UCAT calculator.


What UCAT score do I need to get into medicine?

The UCAT score that you need to get into medicine or dentistry depends on the university to which you are applying and your personal circumstances (particularly if you are a Widening Participation candidate). In general, a good score for each UCAT UK cognitive subtest is above 660 (i.e. a total cognitive UCAT subtest score of above 2640) which equates to approximately the 70th percentile over the last 4 years.

More information can be obtained from our blog series: https://www.medentry.co.uk/blog/applying-to-medical-school-strategically-using-your-ucat-score-part-1 


When and how will I receive my UCAT score?

Before you leave the test centre, you will receive a copy of your UCAT score report. This report will also be accessible through your online UCAT account.

For the 2022 test cycle, interim mean scores and deciles will be published in mid-September on the Test Statistics page. Final 2022 mean score, deciles and percentages will be published after testing ends.

Pearson Vue does not release how it calculates UCAT scores, but you can find out more in our blog series about UCAT scoring.

Your UCAT results will automatically be sent to the universities – you do not need to do this yourself.


What is UCAT scored out of?

UCAT is marked based on the correct answers that you provide during the test. There is no negative marking in UCAT.  As each UCAT subtest has a different number of questions, raw marks are converted into scaled scores that share a common range between 300 – 900. The total UCAT cognitive score ranges from 1200 to 3600 and is derived from your combined scaled scores for UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning. For the UCAT Situational Judgement test, full marks are given if your answer matches the correct answer, and partial marks if your answer is close to the correct answer.

The following table summarises scoring for each UCAT subtest:


Cognitive Subtest Questions Scaled Score Range Question Marking
Verbal Reasoning 44 300 - 900 1 mark per question
Decision Making 29 300 - 900 One option answer = 1 mark
Multiple option answer =
2 marks fully correct;
1 mark partially correct
Quantitative Reasoning 36 300 - 900 1 mark per question
Abstract Reasoning 50 300 - 900 1 mark per question
Total Cognitive Scaled Score Range   1200 - 3600  
Situational Judgement 66 Scores provided in Bands from 1-4 Your response matches answer = full marks;
your response is close answer = partial marks


Is UCAT important?

Yes! UCAT is an extremely important part of the application process and is not just a tick box exercise. The way it is used is very variable between universities. For more information, please see our blog.


Is UCAT hard?

Yes! Many practicing medical specialists believe that UCAT was the hardest test they ever sat. UCAT questions are completely different to those you will have encountered at school or university. While the difficulty of an individual UCAT question may not be significant, there is extreme time pressure which means that the vast majority of students do not finish the UCAT exam. It is a two-hour long test requiring high levels of concentration.

The good news? It is possible to prepare for and do well in UCAT.


How can I prepare for UCAT?

MedEntry provides a range of quality UCAT 2022 courses run by expert doctors, academics and psychometricians. These courses provide comprehensive preparation for UCAT 2022.  Successful preparation for UCAT can be summarised in five key steps:

  1. Understand the importance of UCAT
  2. Familiarise yourself with UCAT-style questions
  3. Learn strategies for tackling each type of UCAT question
  4. Attempt full length UCAT practice exams under timed conditions
  5. Identify your weaknesses and work on them


Will the UCAT make special arrangements for students who need them?

Yes, special arrangements are available for UCAT. You need to apply and be approved for access arrangements before your UCAT test can be booked.

Applications will need to be accompanied by suitable official documentation and such documentation needs to be submitted before 24th May and 20th September 2022 (12 noon BST).

Access arrangements include extra time for the test or rest breaks between sections, access to medical items, access to medically necessary food and drink at your workstation, adjustable height desks, font size / colour scheme adjustments on the computer, wheelchair access and a separate room.


What happens if there’s a problem with my UCAT test?

If you need to reschedule your test, you can do so up to 24 hours beforehand using your Pearson VUE account.

If there’s an incident during the UCAT test, such as a technical problem, you must notify the invigilator immediately by raising your hand.


Where can I get more information?

You can find more information about UCAT from:

And by contacting MedEntry!


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