How universities use the UKCAT score

(From the UKCAT website, please see:

Our consortium members provide information on their websites regarding how they use the test in admissions. It is critical that you check this information once you have your test result and before you submit your UCAS application. Otherwise you might be wasting an application.

Our Universities use the test in different ways. For some the UKCAT score is a significant factor in their consideration of your application. For others it may be a less significant factor or only used in marginal situations.  Most Universities consider the total score (ie adding each of your sub-test scores together). Some however do look at individual sub-test scores and may even have a cut-off score for a particular subtest.

Some Universities have a threshold score that candidates have to achieve in order to be considered further in their admission processes. This score is often determined each year but Universities will usually indicate on their website, threshold scores that have been used in previous years.

Other Universities use the UKCAT alongside factors such as academic achievement, personal statement and interview performance. The factor may be significant or may contribute a small amount to the final outcome.

Some universities use the score (sometimes in addition to the above uses) to discriminate between candidates who have ‘scored’ equally at some point in the process. The UKCAT score provides an additional way of ranking such candidates in order to decide who can proceed to the next stage.

A small number of Universities use the test to provide opportunities to candidates who perhaps would not have progressed to interview (for example) using traditional section methods. This may advantage candidates who have not have achieved the highest academic score but have performed particularly well in the UKCAT.