What Is The UKCAT Cut Off Score? (2018 Entry)

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The crying emoji looking at a total score of 2410 which below the UKCAT cut off mark.

UKCAT Candidates are marked on the number of correct answers given on the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and abstract reasoning subtests. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. The score is converted to a scale that shares a common range from 300 to 900 for each subtest. A total score is then generated by adding all the individual subtest scores. The total scale score ranges from 900 to 2700. Note that your results for the new Decision Making subtest will not contribute to your score and will not be communicated to the universities to which you apply, please have a look on the UKCAT website for the latest information.

What Is The UKCAT Cut Off Score?

A UKCAT score may be good enough for admittance to one particular medical school but below the cutoff of another.  Applying to medical school is composed of many different parts: your UKCAT, extracurricular activities (volunteer, clinical, and research), personal statement, interview, etc.  With hundred of thousands of applicants taking the UKCAT each year what is the cut off UKCAT score ? The answer to this question is, it depends. Some universities set a different cut off score each year, whilst some use a point based system, others do not have a cut off. If you are considering applying to medicine the first thing I strongly recommend is doing some research first. Look into how your ideal university choices access the UKCAT. Some universities have a UKCAT cut off score and others do not. Every University provides further information on their websites regarding how they use the UKCAT test. For some, the UKCAT score is a significant factor whilst for others, it may be a less significant factor or only used in marginal situations. Most Universities consider the total score (i.e. the score after each of the 3 cognitive subtest scores have been summed together). Whilst some universities look at individual subtest mark  and may even have a cut-off score for a particular subtest. No matter how they use the UKCAT result it is vital you do your research before applying to any university. 

Once you have looked into how your ideal university choices assess the UKCAT decide on a target score, this will be the goal of your preparation. I personally recommend looking into how all the universities part of the UKCAT consortium access the exam, so you can keep your options open if you score below your target score. It is a bit tedious but it will give you a better chance of getting into medical school if you have an idea of how all the universities use the UKCAT.

Once you’ve done your research you should have a good idea on the average UKCAT score needed; shortlist 12 medical school choices and decide on the four universities that you will apply to, depending on how well your UKCAT goes. Applying to medical school is competitive that you can only select up to 4 medical schools on your UCAS form so I recommend initially shortlisting 12 medical schools choices as follows:

  1. First Group –  Your Ideal 4 Choices if UKCAT score is above target score and the UKCAT requirement for each university.
  2. Second Group –  Your 4 choices if UKCAT score is below minimum target score. These universities take into account the UKCAT but do not rely heavily on it.
  3. Third Group – Your 4 choices if  you do not perform well.  These universities do not use the UKCAT or rely little on UKCAT (Make sure you have a strong personal statement, academics, and good reference).

I further discuss the strategy I used to pick my university choices in my UKCAT study Plan eBook, the 2016 edition was bought by 1-in-8 UKCAT applicants with 100% customer satisfaction. The 2017 edition of  my eBook will be coming soon subscribe for updates, UKCAT tips plus exclusive deals on UKCAT courses and seminars. You will also get a free copy of the UKCAT score requirement guide (2018 entry) – releases in February 2017.


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My name is Michael and I’m a Pharmacology graduate from the University of Manchester, I was able to improve my UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) score from 2400 to 2840 in 3 months and get offered a place at Warwick’s graduate-entry medical programme.

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