Final UCAT UK 2021 Test Statistics Available!

Final UCAT UK 2021 Test Statistics Available!

10 months ago by Stan

Final test statistics for UCAT UK 2021 are now available on the UCAT UK website - UCAT UK has a percentile calculator available for your use on their results page.

This blog describes how to interpret them.

Where can I find my UCAT scores?

After sitting UCAT, you will have received an email from Pearson VUE confirming that your scores are ready to be viewed. You should log into your Pearson VUE account to access your score report.

What do my UCAT scores mean?

Your score report will show a scaled score for each UCAT cognitive subtest (UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning). Each subtest score ranges from 300-900. These scores are added together to give a total cognitive subtest score of between 1200 and 3600.

The UCAT Situational Judgement test is scored separately. You will be given a ‘band’ which ranges from 1-4, with band 1 being the highest.

What data is shown in the final statistics and what do they mean?

The UCAT UK 2021 final test statistics displays the following data:

  • the mean total overall cognitive UCAT score, which is 2499. This is lower than the interim score and slightly lower than the 2020 mean total cognitive score.
  • the overall cognitive UCAT score required to achieve a particular UCAT decile
  • the mean score for each UCAT cognitive subtest. The mean scores in UCAT Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning were almost identical to 2020. There was a decrease in the UCAT Decision Making score, suggesting that candidates found this section more challenging compared to last year.
  • the percentage of candidates who achieved each UCAT Situational Judgement Test band. The proportion of students in band 4 increased in 2021.

The data is based on the scores of 37,230 candidates who have sat UCAT UK in the 2021 UCAT testing cycle.

How does the data differ from the Preliminary test statistics?

As expected, there has been a reduction in the mean overall UCAT score from the preliminary test statistics published in late September.

The mean shown in the preliminary test statistics was 2570, and the current mean is 2499.

What does the data mean?

The updated UCAT UK 2021 test statistics provide a good indication of how your UCAT UK score compares to other candidates who sat UCAT in 2021.

Decile Rank 2021 (to 29 Sept)
1st 2150
2nd 2270
3rd 2360
4th 2430
5th 2500
6th 2570
7th 2640
8th 2730
9th 2850

If, for example, you achieved a UCAT overall cognitive subtest score of 2500, your score was about average (5th decile) compared to other candidates who sat UCAT UK 2021. On the other hand, if you achieved a UCAT overall cognitive subtest score of around 2700, you will have achieved around the 7th decile – that is, you will have been in the top 30% of UCAT UK 2021 candidates.

You can check your exact percentile using the UCAT UK Official Percentile look up calculator. This will allow you to see how your score compares to other candidates who sat UCAT in 2021.

The UCAT Situational Judgement table shows that a bit under one sixth of UCAT candidates achieved band 1, and over a third of candidates achieved band 2. 16% of UCAT candidates achieved band 4 in the UCAT Situational Judgement subtest.

Will the data change again?

UCAT 2021 has now concluded. These are likely to be the final results.

What score do I need to get into medicine?

The UCAT score required for entry into medicine depends on a number of factors, including the university and course to which you are applying, and whether you are a widening participation applicant.

In general, achieving a UCAT UK 2021 decile of 7 or above (around 2650-2700+) would be sufficient to obtain an interview at most UCAT-requiring medical schools.

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What should I do now?

Research university entry requirements

15th October is the deadline to apply to UCAS. Given there are many medical schools in the UK and you are only allowed to place four on your UCAS form, you should use your UCAT score strategically when applying. Remember that universities place different emphasis on the various entry criteria (academic achievement, UCAT/BMAT, personal statement and interview).

If you have achieved a high UCAT score, it is advisable to apply to universities that weight UCAT significantly when determining entry into medicine. If you have achieved a low UCAT score, it is advisable to apply to universities that place less emphasis on UCAT. You could also consider sitting BMAT.

Write your personal statement

Some universities use personal statement as a criterion for determining whether students will obtain an interview offer for medicine. If this is the case for your preferred universities, it is important to craft an effective and powerful personal statement. You can find some tips here. MedEntry also offers a personal statement guide and review service.

Start preparing for interviews

Interviews are a vital criterion for entry into medicine, yet their importance is often under-recognised. Just like UCAT, the skills you need to succeed in interviews need to be developed over time. Check out our blog for tips on how to start preparing.

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