How to deal with UKCAT
- By: Phillipa Brothwood
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is the entrance exam most widely required by medical schools in the United Kingdom. Applicants can take the exam any time between July and September before the UCAS deadline in mid October. You are limited to sitting it once during each application cycle and it costs £65-80 (€89-110; $100-123), depending on what time of year you take the exam.
You can take the exam at any Pearson VUE test centre. Book early because places go quickly. It is advisable to take the exam as soon as possible, but somewhere in the middle of the testing period is also acceptable. This allows you time to prepare but also gives you enough time to choose medical schools that reflect your UKCAT score before the UCAS deadline. It is important to note that the other admissions test, the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)—which is done on one day