How the UCAT is Scored

How UCAT Is Scored and What Score You Need

How is UCAT scored?

The UCAT scoring process is complicated, and Pearson VUE uses complex statistical analysis to arrive at your UCAT score, based upon the answers you select. The scoring process is covered in detail in the MedEntry UCAT Course.

There are several myths relating to UCAT scores, which are outlined below:

UCAT scoring myth

Reality

It is possible to predict UCAT scores based on raw marks.

UCAT scores are calculated using complex statistical processes. It is not possible to predict UCAT scores based on raw marks (the number of questions you answer correctly). The most accurate indication of your performance can be obtained after completing MedEntry UCAT practice exams, as MedEntry uses statistical programs to calculate your scores.

You need to answer all questions correctly to achieve a high score.

UCAT is a very difficult, time-pressured test. The majority of students do not have sufficient time to answer every UCAT question. You can therefore obtain very high scores even if you do not answer every UCAT question correctly.

UCAT questions change depending on your response.

Computerised Adaptive Testing is not utilised in UCAT. There are multiple ‘versions’ of UCAT that are used every year, but the content within each version is identical, and does not vary based on your responses.

You will be penalised for incorrect responses.

There is no negative marking in UCAT. If you choose an incorrect response, you will receive a score of zero.

When will I receive my UCAT score?

You will receive your UCAT score on the day you sit UCAT. However, full statistics relating to the performance of other UCAT candidates will not be released until later in the year. You will not know exactly how your UCAT score compares until this time.

Note that your UCAT scores will be automatically sent to UCAT ANZ Consortium universities in early September – you do not need to submit your own scores.

What will my UCAT score report look like?

After you sit UCAT, you will receive a scaled score for each of the five UCAT subtests, which range from 300 to 900. You will also receive a total scaled score for the four cognitive subtests (UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning) that ranges from 1200 to 3600.

The Situational Judgement score is provided separately as it tests ‘non-cognitive’ attributes. Some universities use UCAT Situational Judgement differently when assessing candidates for entry into their courses.

What is a good UCAT score?

2019 UCAT summary test statistics are provided below:

This shows that the mean (average) score obtained by students in each subtest ranges from about 570 to 660. The average total cognitive subtest score is about 2500.

The highest overall score achieved in 2019 was 3530 (obtained by a MedEntry student).

What UCAT score do I need to get into medicine?

The UCAT score you need to get into medicine depends on various factors, including the year that you sit UCAT, the university/course to which you are applying and whether you are a rural student or local student.

In general, a UCAT total cognitive score of about 2800 (which equates to approximately the top 10% of candidates sitting UCAT) is required for a standard medical place. The score required is lower for rural students, local students, and those applying for dentistry.

When you enrol in a MedEntry UCAT Course, you will receive detailed feedback including estimated percentiles and scaled scores, so you can track your progress and see where you stand.

How will universities use UCAT scores?

Universities use UCAT scores in different ways. UCAT is often weighted significantly when applying for medicine, and in some cases is the only criterion used for selecting students for a medical interview. Some universities do not consider Situational Judgement scores.

The following table is a summary of how medical schools use UCAT when selecting applicants:

Course

How is UCAT used?

How is UCAT weighted?

How are students selected for interview?

How are students selected for a place?

Auckland University Medicine

Total scaled score

15% UCAT

Based on GPA

15% UCAT

25% interview

60% GPA

Otago University Medicine

Minimum score in each subtest required

Used to select final place

No interview

UCAT + GPA

Adelaide University Medicine

Cognitive subtests only

20% UCAT

Based on UCAT

20% UCAT

40% interview

40% ATAR

Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Clinical Sciences

Cognitive subtests only

10% UCAT

No interview

10% UCAT

90% ATAR

Curtin University Medicine

UCAT (cut off unknown)

20% UCAT

Based on UCAT + ATAR

20% UCAT

40% interview

40% ATAR

Flinders University Medicine

Cognitive subtests only, equally weighted

10% UCAT

No interview

10% UCAT

90% ATAR

Monash University Medicine

UCAT (cut off unknown)

33% UCAT

Based on UCAT + ATAR

33% UCAT

33% Interview

33% ATAR

Newcastle University Medicine

Cognitive subtests only (aggregate score)

100% UCAT (to select for interview)

100% UCAT

Interview + PQA

University of New South Wales Medicine

Overall cognitive subtest score; separately Situational Judgement score; at least 50th centile required

33% UCAT

Based on UCAT + ATAR

33% UCAT

33% Interview

33% ATAR

University of Queensland Medicine

UCAT (cut off unknown)

100% after academic threshold reached

No interview

100% UCAT after academic threshold reached

University of Tasmania Medicine

UCAT (cut off 50th percentile)

Threshold only

No interview

ATAR

University of Western Australia Medicine

UCAT (cut off unknown)

20% UCAT

UCAT + predicted ATAR

20% UCAT

40% Interview

40% ATAR

Western Sydney University Medicine

UCAT (cut off unknown)

100% UCAT (to select for interview)

100% UCAT (once academic threshold met)

UCAT + Interview (greater emphasis on interview)