UCAT Scoring Explained

With less than a month until testing starts 😬, it’s important that you primed and ready for the UCAT ANZ, and that includes knowing how you will be scored on the day.

There are 5 subtests in the UCAT exam (find out more about UCAT here). Each subtest tests a separate skill, and so a scaled score between 300 to 900 is given rather than a raw mark or percentage.

The first four, verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning and abstracting reasoning, are cognitive subtests. They measure your aptitude in skills such as reading comprehension, problem solving, calculations and pattern recognition in a serious of shapes. These scores are combined to five a total score from 1200 to 3600 for the four subtests.

All questions in the first subtests are worth one mark. The one exception to this, are questions with multiple statements in the decision making subtest, which are worth 2 marks. You will receive 1 mark for a partially correct response, and 2 marks for a complete correct response.

Cognitive Subtest Questions Scale Score Range
Verbal Reasoning 44 300 – 900
Decision Making 29 300 – 900
Quantitative Reasoning 36 300 – 900
Abstract Reasoning 55 300 – 900
Total Scale Score Range   1200 – 3600

Source: Table from UCAT ANZ

Situational judgement is also scored between 300 to 900 from 2019 in Australia. Previously in the UKCAT (United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test), candidates were scored from Band 1 to 4 (Band 1 being the highest and Band 4 being the lowest). However, in the UCAT ANZ this has now changed to a scaled score similar to the cognitive subtests.

This subtest’s score is reported separate to the other subtests as it tests non cognitive skills. It is also considered separately by universities. Some universities place more or less weight on this subtest compared to others, and so it is important to find out from individual universities about how they treat this subtest in regards to medial school offers.

Your percentile can be calculated once the UCAT ANZ release the score data for the testing period (usually in August or September for UCAT ANZ) or by visiting their website and looking up your UCAT percentile (Note, that the percentile look up for the 2020 cohort will come out once the data for the cohort has been released).

To give you a rough idea, of what you need to aim to achieve in the UCAT, below is a table that shows the cohort performance from 2017 to 2019. The 2017 & 2018 data is derived from the UKCAT, as the UCAT ANZ was not administered then, and the 2019 data is derived from the UCAT ANZ.

Percentile 2019 2018 2017 Average
90th 2840 2810 2860 2837
80th 2710 2690 2750 2717
70th 2610 2610 2670 2630
60th 2540 2550 2600 2563
50th 2470 2490 2540 2500
40th 2410 2420 2480 2437
30th 2340 2360 2420 2373
20th 2260 2280 2340 2293
10th 2150 2160 2230 2180

As you can see to be in the 90th percentile and above (where you really want to be), you would need to achieve a UCAT score approximately over 2800 🤩.

Now you know what to aim for, it’s important to understand the logistics of the test, and how to ace the test to get your dream medical offer. 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️

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