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UCAT Medical Schools

So you've sat your UCAT? What now?

It is important to apply strategically for medicine, and luckily you will receive your score before the application deadline. Different universities will use the UCAT in different ways, whether they have a cut-off score for interview, or how highly they are weighted compared to academic results.




Preliminary 2021 UCAT statistics

  • Mean total score = 2499

Cognitive subtest

2021 Mean Score

Verbal Reasoning

572

Quantitative Reasoning

665

Decision Making

610

Abstract Reasoning

651

The following results provides deciles of candidate total scores. Each decile represents 10% of candidates based on their overall test performance. The 1st decile represents a score at the 10th percentile; the 2nd decile represents a score at the 20th percentile, and so on.


Final Decile Rankings 2021

Ranking

Score

1st

2150

2nd

2270

3rd

2360

4th

2430

5th

2500

6th

2570

7th

2640

8th

2730

9th

2850


Situational Judgement Test - Below shows the percentage of candidates placed in each Situational Judgement Test Band. 2021 (to 29th Sept). Number of candidates 37,230.

  • Band 1 14%

  • Band 2 36%

  • Band 3 33%

  • Band 4 16%


Low UCAT score medical schools

UCAT score less than 2600

If you have scored a UCAT score of less than 2600, it is vital to apply strategically to universities that place less of a weighting on UCAT scores to maximise your chance of being offered an interview. It is becoming more common to view the applicant as a whole and rather simply by their grades or scores, so if a UCAT has been a weaker area for you, there are still many options.


If you have struggled with the UCAT and received very poor scores, your application may have higher chances of success by applying to a university that does not require the UCAT.

  • Medical schools which use the BMAT include Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Hull York, Imperial, University College London, Lancaster, and Brighton and Sussex.

  • Medical schools that use alternative admission tests are Swansea, Dublin, and Queens Belfast.

  • University of Central Lancashire and Buckingham University does not require an admissions test.

University

UCAT score

Description

Sunderland University

Average UCAT score = 2418

Applicants must score within the top 8 deciles to be considered for interview.

Liverpool University

Average UCAT score = 2471

The UCAT is weighted 25% and academics 75% in the application. The minimum score