Universities use your score in many different ways and so this can impact which universities you choose to apply for.
Some universities will only shortlist candidates who meet a cut-off UCAT score. Other universities will weigh up your score alongside your personal statement.
We recommend you check directly with the university to best understand how your UCAT score is used once you establish which you would like to apply for.
University of Aberdeen
Your UCAT score is considered in the selection for an interview as well as your predicted and actual academic achievement.
Aberdeen allocates a score based on the result from the four subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Decision Making. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) will not be scored, but it may be used in offer-making when there are candidates with similar scores.
Anglia Ruskin University
There is no minimum UCAT score. Applicants are ranked by their UCAT score and meeting the main academic entry requirements prior to being invited to an interview day. Those with an SJT score of Band 4 will not be invited to an interview.
UCAT is considered along with other required qualifications. There is no specific UCAT or Situational Judgement minimum score threshold.
University of Birmingham
There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score. You will receive an overall score which is a total of the scores for each of the academic and UCAT components.
The weightings are; academic – 60%, UCAT – 40%.
University of Bristol
As long as you have met the minimum academic entry requirements, your application is scored 100% on your UCAT results. This is how candidates are selected for an interview, there is no UCAT cut-off score used.
Cardiff does not have a minimum threshold score for the UCAT, however, the UCAT score may be used as part of the assessment procedure.
University of Dundee
At Dundee, there is also no minimum cut-off score but your UCAT score will be factored into the pre-interview rank alongside academic capability.
University of East Anglia
There is no minimum cut-off score for the UCAT, however, they do use an academic screening process and so a high UCAT score may be an advantage but a low score in a strong application may also still be considered.
Edge Hill University
Once you meet the minimum academic requirements you will be ranked according to your UCAT score. They set a UCAT threshold dependant on the number of interviews that will be held. Any candidate that scores within band 4 in the SJT will be automatically rejected.
University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh will consider all scores and no applicant will be excluded from selection based on the score achieved in their UCAT test. Edinburgh also considers the SJT of the UCAT test separately.
University of Exeter
Applications will be sorted according to academic profiles and UCAT overall score in order to identify which applicants will receive an offer for an interview.
University of Glasgow
Glasgow considers the UCAT score along with meeting the standard and additional entry requirements prior to the interview stage. The SJT of the UCAT was not taken into consideration for the 2020 cycle.
Hull York Medical School
A number of points out of 40 are awarded based upon the total UCAT score once UCAT results are released in November. UCAT scores will be considered along with GCSE results as well as meeting academic requirements. Up to a maximum of 15 points are allocated depending on the SJT Band achieved.
Keele excludes students who scored in the bottom 20% nationally or students who score Band 4 in SJT. Applicants who narrowly miss achieving the required score for their application may receive further consideration on the basis of their UCAT score.
HOW TO CHOOSE WHERE TO APPLY FOR?
You will receive your UCAT results before the application deadline, allowing you to see how your score compares to other applicants and make a decision on the universities you apply for.
If you scored highly, it may be good to apply to universities that place a lot of emphasis on the UCAT. Many of these have a UCAT cut-off score and rank their applicants this way; the higher your score, the higher your chance of getting an interview.
If you didn’t get the score you were hoping for, you may wish to apply to universities that place more emphasis on other admissions criteria. Some Medical Schools put more weighting on school grades or personal statements. BMAT universities might also become more appealing in this instance.