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Didn’t do well in UCAT? Here’s how to bounce back in four steps

The UCAT is one of the three criteria for most undergraduate medicine schools in the United Kingdom. The UCAT may determine whether or not you receive an interview offer at certain universities, so many students put in the extra mile to maximise their UCAT results. There are many factors that can influence performance in UCAT, and receiving a lower mark than expected may feel like all our efforts have gone to waste. I’ve been there before, and although it may feel like the end of the world (I certainly felt that way), I can assure you that it is possible to...
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Final UCAT UK 2021 Test Statistics Available!

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...
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Applying to Dental School Strategically Using Your UCAT Score

With the UCAS October 15th deadline soon approaching, narrowing down the 15 available dentistry schools to 4 can seem like a daunting task. Our advice is to use your UCAT score and GCSEs strategically to apply to dental schools where you are most likely to be offered an interview. In this blog we will focus on how your UCAT score, achieved before the October 15th UCAS deadline, should help you decide where to apply. This will give you the best chance of obtaining an interview and securing your place in dental school. How do dental schools select candidates for interview? Generally, dentistry schools...
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What is a good UCAT UK 2021 score?

This blog answers some common questions about UCAT UK scores. When and how will I receive my UCAT UK 2020 results? When and how you receive your UCAT UK 2020 results will depend on whether you are sitting UCAT UK 2020 in a UCAT testing centre, or online. If you are sitting UCAT UK 2020 in a testing centre, you will be given a printout of your UCAT score report before leaving the testing venue. Your UCAT score report will also be available online via your Pearson VUE account approximately 24 hours after your UCAT test. If you are sitting UCAT...
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I didn’t get a ‘good enough’ UCAT score – what should I do?

So you’ve sat UCAT and feel that you didn’t get a good enough UCAT score. What should you do now? Firstly, it’s important to note that there is no score achieved in UCAT that is not ‘good enough’ to get into medicine, as there are many routes into medicine. It is possible to gain entry into medicine even with a low UCAT score. If you achieve a low UCAT score, it can feel like the world is ending and all hope of getting into medicine is destroyed. However, with determination, hard work, organisation, and knowledge of the various pathways into medicine...
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UCAT UK 2021 Preliminary Test Statistics Now Available!

Interim test statistics for UCAT UK 2021 are now available on the UCAT UK website. This blog describes what they mean and how to interpret them. What data is shown? The UCAT UK 2021 preliminary test statistics displays the following data: the mean total overall cognitive UCAT score (2570): this is the sum of your subtest scores for UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoningthe overall cognitive UCAT score required to achieve a particular UCAT decilethe mean score for each UCAT cognitive subtestthe percentage of candidates who achieved each UCAT Situational Judgement Test band  ...
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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 1 - Using Your UCAT Score

With the UCAS October 15th deadline soon approaching, narrowing down the 33 medical schools into 4 is a difficult decision. To improve your chances of securing a place in medical school, it is important to use your UCAT scores and GCSEs strategically. Depending on how you have performed, you should apply medical schools where you are most likely to be offered a medical interview. In this blog series we will be focussing on how your UCAT score, achieved before the September 29th UCAT deadline, should help you decide which medical schools to apply to. Using your UCAT score strategically will give you the...
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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 2 - Where to Apply with an Excellent UCAT Score

In this blog series we are exploring how you should use your UCAT scores when applying for medical school, in order to maximise your chances of securing a place. In this blog we will be focusing on which universities to consider applying to with an excellent UCAT score (705+). What does my UCAT score mean? First of all, congratulations on achieving such a fantastic UCAT score! Only 10% of UCAT candidates obtain a score of over 705. It is important to note that a UCAT score of 705 will not necessarily guarantee you an interview at every medical school. However, applying...
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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 4 – Where to Apply with a Medium UCAT Score

In this blog series we are exploring how to use your UCAT scores when applying to medical school. Depending on the UCAT score that you have achieved, you should apply to universities which will maximise your chances of securing a place in medicine. In this blog we will discuss the universities that you should consider applying to if you have achieved a medium UCAT score (615-650). What is a medium UCAT score? A UCAT score of 615-650 is considered medium or ‘average’. Last year’s average UCAT score was 627.5. If you have strong academic grades, a UCAT score in this range...
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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 5 - Where to Apply with a Low UCAT Score

In this blog series we are discussing how you should use your UCAT scores strategically when applying to UCAS, in order to maximise your chances of securing a place in medical school. In this blog we will focus on which universities you should consider applying to with a low UCAT score (615 and below). What is a low UCAT score? A UCAT score of less than 615 is slightly below average. Last year's average UCAT score was 627.5. Combined with strong academic grades and high-quality extracurricular activities, a place at medical school is still very much possible so long as your choices...
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How to Interpret Your UCAT Scores

So you’ve completed a UCAT practice exam and are unsure how to interpret your results and feedback. This blog has some tips to help you gain a better grasp of your UCAT progress. 1. Look at percentile, not the number of UCAT questions you got right. The UCAT is a test designed to compare students against each other, thereby giving the universities a clearer indication of the stronger candidates. As such, the number of UCAT questions you answer correctly is irrelevant. What matters is where you are ranked. The UCAT is hard – so do not worry if you answered lots of UCAT questions incorrectly....
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UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 1

A common question among students preparing to sit the UCAT is how does UCAT scoring work? This blog answers that question. Practical implications for the UCAT test taker are covered in Part 2 of this blog. Many UCAT companies claim that they can predict UCAT scores and percentiles from the number of UCAT questions that you answer correctly. This is unfortunately completely misleading and inaccurate. Most UCAT preparation companies have little to no understanding of the scoring process and therefore their platforms provide misleading information regarding predicted UCAT scores. In reality, UCAT scoring is an extremely complicated process. In this blog...
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UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 2

The blog “UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 1” explained how the scoring and scaling of UCAT works. In this blog we will discuss what all that means for you in practice. Negative marking There is no negative marking in UCAT. Why? There is a lot of educational research and literature on this point, but in summary, if there is negative marking, risk averse students will not answer as many UCAT questions as those who are not risk averse. It is in the test designers’ interest that you answer all the UCAT questions. This is because they have...
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Dealing With Disappointing UCAT Mock Scores: 3 Tips

So you’ve been preparing for UCAT by working through the UCAT guides and attempting UCAT practice questions and exams. Then one day you receive a disappointing UCAT mock exam score. So what should you do? Is it time to freak out? Is it time to give up on your medical entry dream? No! Read on for three key tips. 1.  Understand what a UCAT score means and how they are calculated Firstly, it is vital that you understand UCAT percentiles, and how they are calculated. Essentially, a percentile compares your performance against other UCAT candidates who have attempted that particular subtest...
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What is the Highest UCAT Score Ever Achieved?

The highest UCAT score ever achieved was 3530, achieved by an Australian student in 2019. This student obtained the following UCAT subtest scores: UCAT Verbal Reasoning: 890UCAT Decision Making: 840UCAT Quantitative Reasoning: 900UCAT Abstract Reasoning: 900 The student’s UCAT candidate score report is displayed below: As you can see from the UCAT Summary test statistics 2019 (displayed below), 3530 was the maximum score achieved in the 2019 UCAT ANZ. In fact, it was the highest UCAT score achieved worldwide, and the highest UCAT score achieved to date. The student who achieved this score chose to prepare for UCAT with MedEntry. The...
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UCAT UK Score to Percentile Calculator

UCAT Official has released UCAT test statistics to help you see how your UCAT score compares to other candidates. However, the data only shows you your UCAT decile - it does not provide your actual UCAT percentile. MedEntry has released a calculator that will help you convert your UCAT scores into estimated UCAT percentile rankings. You can find the calculator here: https://www.medentry.co.uk/ucat-score-percentile-calculator Simply enter in your UCAT scaled scores for each UCAT subtest, and you will be provided with an estimated UCAT percentile ranking for the cognitive subtests, and a separate estimated percentile ranking for the UCAT Situational Judgement test. This information...
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UCAT UK 2019 Test Statistics Released

UCAT UK 2019 test statistics have been released, which will help students to interpret their UCAT scores. The UCAT data is available at: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/media/1329/2019-test-statistics-oct-2019.pdf   This blog discusses the statistics. UCAT UK 2019 Mean Scaled Scores Mean scaled scores shows the average scores achieved for each of the five subtests. The total average cognitive scaled score was 2483. The mean scaled scores of the cognitive subtests are below:  2019    Number of candidates    29,375    Verbal Reasoning565    Decision Making 618    Quantitative Reasoning 662    Abstract Reasoning638    Total Cognitive Mean Scaled Score    2483   UCAT UK 2019 Decile Rank The decile rank converts overall scaled cognitive scores into percentile...
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How does scoring work in the UCAT?

  Scoring in the UCAT is based on the number of correct answers you provide. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. The scoring system differs between the ‘cognitive’ subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning) and the non-cognitive subtest (Situational Judgement).   Scoring of ‘cognitive’ subtests For Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning, questions are worth one mark each. For Decision Making, some questions (those with multiple statements) are worth 2 marks. In these questions, one mark is awarded to partially correct statements. Raw marks (the number of questions you got right) are converted into...
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