The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously the UKCAT, is the most widely accepted medical school entrance exam across universities not only in the UK, but as of recently, abroad, too. To reflect the fact that this is now an internationally accepted entrance exam in the selection process for medicine, the exam’s name was changed from the UKCAT to UCAT as of this year. The actual exam has not changed at all, however, so if you are familiar with or may have even sat theUKCAT before, rest assured, as the format and content of the exam remain identical.
For those of you who are currently applying to or thinking of applying to medicine, chances are that you might have to sit the UCAT, depending on the universities you are interested in applying for and as such, a good knowledge of the structure and content of the exam will be of great value for the start of a successful preparation. Continue reading below for a full breakdown of the UCAT exam and what will be expected of you when you sit it.
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The exam is in a multiple choice format and there is no negative marking. Therefore, while attempting to answer as many questions as possible and learning to work efficiently within the timeframe provided is encouraged and provides the best chance at performing successfully at the UCAT, should you struggle with a question or start running out of time, you can and should still guess the remaining questions, putting an answer down for every single question. As there is no negative marking for incorrect answers, your best bet at scoring as highly as possible at the UCAT is to leave no questions unanswered. If you had to guess, however, make sure you made educated guesses and used smart strategies to answer questions you are unsure of. For more tips on how to perform well at the UCAT, make sure you check out our blog post How to get 900 in UCAT.
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The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a widely recognised exam used by medical schools, as a tool to assess candidates applying to study medicine.
We at theMSAG recognise that the application process can be extremely stressful, so we have collected all the information you are going to need to complete your registration for the UCAT, should you be planning to sit the exam in time for the 2020/21 medicine application cycle.
We have compiled a list of all important UCAS test dates in 2019 that candidates taking the UCAT should be aware of, so have a read below and make sure you mark them in your calendar!