Understanding the UKCAT Percentiles

The UKCAT exam board uses a statistical approach called percentiles (or deciles) to report the overall performance of candidates each year. A decile is any of nine values that divide data into ten equal parts so that each part represents 10% of the sample population. This statistical approach is descriptive and gives a the exam board a good overview of the overall test performance each year. You can use this data to identify where your reasoning skills compare with past applicants with the golden pentagon strategy and improve your score. I failed to get into medical school twice and was able to  improve my UKCAT score from 2400 to  2840 in three months using this approach.

The Offical UKCAT Percentiles Table

The Table below shows the official decile ranges of UKCAT candidates from 2012 – 2015.

DecileTotal Score 2015Total Score 2014Total score 2013Total score 2012
1st2210218022302150
2nd2330231023902300
3rd2410238025002390
4th2470245025902470
5th2540251026702530
6th2600257027402600
7th2660263028202670
8th2740271029102750
9th2840282030302850
10th2850 and above2830 and above3040 and above2860 and above

Note that  each UKCAT percentiles represent 10% of the total candidates based on their overall test performance. Also, note that the total score indicates the highest score a candidate can achieve to be classified in each decile. For example, in 2015, a candidate score from 2480 to 2540 would be in the 5th decile and a candidate score from 2750 to 2840 would be in the 9th decile.

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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 and get offered a place at Warwick’s graduate-entry medical programme.