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UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test)

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is a test which is being used in the selection process by a consortium of UK University Medical and Dental Schools. It is run by the UKCAT Consortium in partnership with Pearson VUE. It was first introduced in 2006.

The test is designed to give information on the candidates’ mental abilities, as well as attitudes and possible professional behavior. The test is expected to help universities make more informed choices between medical and dental applicants you may only take the test once in any test cycle. If your application to medical school is not successful and you re-apply the following year, you will be required to take the UKCAT again. If you fail to take the test in time and apply to a programme for which the test is required, your application will be rejected unless you have been exempt from the test

The test assesses a range of mental abilities identified by university Medical and Dental Schools as important. There is no curriculum content as the test examines innate skills. Each subtest is in a multiple-choice format and is separately timed. The test includes

  • Verbal reasoning – assesses logical thinking and reasoning about written information
  • Quantitative reasoning – assesses ability to solve numerical problems
  • Abstract reasoning – assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information
  • Decision analysis – assesses the ability, in complex, ambiguous situations, to deal with various forms of information, infer relationships, make informed judgments, and decide on an appropriate response
  • Situational judgment test – assesses judgment regarding situations encountered in the workplace.

*Information given is of informative nature only Test pattern and segments are subject to change from time to time

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