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The UKCAT is the most common entrance exam used by medical schools to evaluate applicants. How the exam is used by each University can be different from one to next - some Universities may place high importance on the UKCAT score and will only interview applicants if they achieve an overall score above a certain cut-off- some may even have cut off points for individual sections of the UKCAT. In other Universities, the UKCAT is used along with the information in your Personal statement, exam results and references to help them make a decision whether to interview you or not. Some institutions are believed to place little emphasis on the UKCAT at all, favouring the personal statement or A level results more. Whichever happens to be the case for the Universities you are applying to one thing is certain - a high UKCAT score speaks volumes about your intrinsic ability.

The UKCAT exam consists of a number of different individual sections - Abstract reasoning, Quantitative reasoning, Verbal reasoning and Decision Analysis, as well as the Situational Judgement test. After doing the exam you will receive an individual mark for each section as well as a band for your situational judgement test score. Universities seem to differ on how they use these scores - for example, some may only look at your overall score and band and take that into consideration. In these cases it may not matter if you do exceptionally well in a few of the sections and badly or average in one or so - because it may be that as long as your overall score is high enough, the University will be happy.

However, other Universities may look at the UKCAT in a completely different way - for example, some may indeed put an emphasis on scoring well in all sections across the exam as well as a good situational judgement test score - in cases such as this, it may be advantageous to score highly in all sections to an equal extent and it may mean that doing quite badly in one section may reduce how effective the University feels you have been at your exam.

Then again, it seems some Universities place a great deal of importance on the UKCAT test score and use it as a strong measure of your general ability - for these Universities it may mean that a high score will signal, along with other aspects of your application, that you are a candidate who should be chosen for interview. However, it seems that not all institutions put such as strong emphasis on the score and band you receive. If in doubt it is always a good idea to check official information from the Universities themselves and by contacting them directly.

Abstract reasoning                          Quantitative reasoning                           Verbal reasoning                                                     Decision Analysis

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