UCAT Results: Common Questions Answered

UCAT Results: Common Questions Answered

6 days ago by Chris

With the UCAT testing period underway, you may be asking questions such as: When and how will I get my UCAT results? How does scoring work in the UCAT? How will universities use my UCAT scores?

This blog answers your questions about UCAT results.


When and how will I get my UCAT results?

You will receive a copy of your UCAT score report before you leave the Pearson VUE test centre.  Your score report will also be accessible online via your UCAT account.  You should allow approximately 24 hours after your test for this to be uploaded.


Do I need to give my UCAT score to the universities?

No, your UCAT results will be automatically sent to the UCAT Consortium universities (but not to those outside the consortium) by UCAT – you do not have to do this yourself.  


How does scoring work in the UCAT?

The UCAT is marked on the number of correct answers you provide in UCAT. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. An incomplete or unanswered UCAT question will be marked as incorrect. Your performance on one question does not influence which other questions are presented.

There are different forms of the UCAT test with UCAT subtest questions being presented randomly. This ensures that every candidate’s UCAT test experience is different. However, the forms are equated and balanced to ensure the scaled score that candidates receive are equivalent between UCAT test forms.

As the number of UCAT questions varies between the four cognitive subtests it is not possible to make a direct comparison of the raw marks between these subtests. Raw marks are therefore converted to scaled scores that share a common range from 300 to 900.

Your total UCAT scaled score is generated by summing the individual scaled scores of UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning. The total scaled score for these cognitive UCAT subtests ranges from 1200 to 3600.

UCAT scoring is very complex, and is outlined in more detail in our blog


Cognitive Subtest



Scaled Score Range


UCAT Verbal Reasoning



Each question worth 1 mark

UCAT Decision Making



Questions with one correct answer = 1 mark;
Questions with multiple statements = maximum of 2 marks (1 mark is awarded to partially correct responses)

UCAT Quantitative Reasoning



Each question worth 1 mark

UCAT Abstract Reasoning



Each question worth 1 mark


Situational Judgement Scoring

In this section, full marks are awarded for a question if your response matches the correct answer and partial marks awarded if your response is close to the correct answer.

Scores for the Situational Judgement Test are given in one of four bands, with band 1 being the highest.  Alongside your band, you are given an interpretation of your performance:




Band 1

Those in Band 1 demonstrated an excellent level of performance, showing similar judgement in most cases to the panel of experts.

Band 2

Those in Band 2 demonstrated a good, solid level of performance, showing appropriate judgement frequently, with many responses matching model answers.

Band 3

Those in Band 3 demonstrated a modest level of performance, with appropriate judgement shown for some questions and substantial differences from ideal responses for others.

Band 4

The performance of those in Band 4 was low, with judgement tending to differ substantially from ideal responses in many cases.


As the Situational Judgement test is a measure of non-cognitive attributes, it will be considered by universities in a different manner to the cognitive subtests. Please refer to the relevant university website for more details.


How will universities use my UCAT scores?

Most universities use a combination of three criteria when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include:

  1. UCAT scores (either cognitive subtests* only, or all UCAT subtests)

  2. Medical interview performance

  3. Academic achievement e.g. GCSE scores

*UCAT cognitive subtests include UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning

Each university is different, and some universities change their medical entry requirements at short notice. Further, they are often not transparent about their admission criteria, such as cut off UCAT scores required for entry.

UCAT 2022 results are valid for the 2022 university admissions cycle ONLY, that is, for entry to university in 2023.


What is a good UCAT score?

Ultimately, UCAT scores are a comparison of your own performance against others sitting UCAT UK. This means that achieving a ‘good score’ means performing well in UCAT compared to others.

In general, a good score for each UCAT UK cognitive subtest is above 700 (i.e. a total cognitive UCAT subtest score of above 2800) which equates to approximately the 8th decile in 2021. A high score is usually considered to be a UCAT subtest score above 750 (i.e. a total cognitive UCAT subtest score of 3000), which is a 9th decile score. For more details check our blog: https://www.medentry.co.uk/blog/what-is-a-good-ucat-uk-score


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