UKCAT testing is now closed for 2015. The information below is subject to change. Details of the 2016 test programme will be updated in due course.
The test assesses a range of mental abilities identified by university medical and dental schools as important. There is no curriculum content as the test examines innate skills. Each subtest is in a multiple-choice format and is separately timed.
There are two versions of UKCAT: the standard UKCAT and the UKCATSEN (Special Educational Needs) which is intended for candidates who require additional time due to a documented medical condition or disability.
For candidates sitting the examination in summer 2015, the UKCAT will consist of:
Assesses ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form
UKCAT timing*:22 minutes
UKCATSEN timing**:28 minutes
Assesses ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form
UKCAT timing*:25 minutes
UKCATSEN timing**:31.5 minutes
Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information
UKCAT timing*:14 minutes
UKCATSEN timing**:17.5 minutes
Decision Analysis ***
Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information
UKCAT timing*:32 minutes
UKCATSEN timing**:39 minutes
Measures capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them
UKCAT timing*:27 minutes
UKCATSEN timing**:34 minutes
* Each UKCAT subtest time includes 1 minute of instruction.
** Each UKCATSEN subtest time includes 2 minutes of instruction.
*** A new Decision Making subtest will be introduced into the 2016 test. In 2016 candidates and Universities will not get a score for Decision Making – Universities will assess candidates based on the remaining four subtests. Please refer to their websites for further details.