UCAT

All medical schools are looking for applicants who will make good doctors in the future, however each university has their own selection process. Considering how well any given school’s selection process matches your own strengths and weaknesses is key to making sure you have the greatest chance of a successful application.

Aside from your UCAT score there are many other important parameters in a medical application, including your GCSE grades, A-levels and personal statement; and applying to Universities which focus more on these criteria will help your application if you did not manage to achieve a high UCAT score.

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Although all medical schools are looking for applicants who will ultimately make good doctors, each medical school has their own selection process. Therefore, the way in which medical schools uses the UCAT score is variable, and cut-offs (if they are used) vary each year depending on cohort performance. Considering how well any given school’s selection process matches your own strengths and weaknesses is key to making sure you have the greatest chance of a successful application. 

So, this blog will focus on how are UCAT scores used by different medical schools! 

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The UCAT is the most commonly used aptitude test for the medical admissions process for schools in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. How each school use these scores varies, as does the performance of candidates each year, but for the last two years, the overall average score has been around 620-635 (note that the 2019 results have not yet been released). In this blog post we will talk through the best options for you if you have achieved an average UCAT score.

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