In the United Kingdom, students who intend to attend medical schools need to undertake an admission test such as the BMAT or the UKCAT. BMAT stands for BioMedical Admissions Test which is a subject specific examination for admissions that are taken by those who intend to apply for medicine and other related courses. UKCAT, on the other hand, is the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test who’s score is a used  in the selection process used by several medical and dental schools in the UK.

What is UKCAT?

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Medical and Dental Schools in the United Kingdom use a unique selection process to qualify and choose course applicants with higher level capabilities and skills. The UKCAT is specifically designed to test the aptitude of the applicant rather than their academic achievement. A wide range of behavioral attributes and mental abilities are assessed, factors that are considered very important for dentists and doctors to possess.

UKCAT Exam Information

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The UKCAT is conducted every year for applicants who intend to be admitted to universities and medical schools. The examinations will assess an applicant’s aptitude in problem solving, critical thinking, logical reasoning, overall mental ability and information management. The candidates are selected according to their combined skills and aptitude that will be useful when they become doctors and dentists.

Within the European Union, the test costs £60, but those who require financial assistance, bursaries are also offered. Registration often starts in June, but the examinations can be taken from July to September in over 150 test centers all over the country. Your school or university may have information on how and where you can take the exams near you.  Keep in mind that there is a deadline to the examinations, and the schedule can be checked on the UKCAT website.

The weighting amount for the examination varies for medical schools when taking the UKCAT score into account in their assessment of your application. For instance, some medical universities give points basing on the UKCAT scores when choosing candidates to be interviewed. Other medical schools, on the other hand, use the UKCAT scores in determining the best candidate between two closely competing applicants. It is best to check the school’s website for information on weighting.

UKCAT Examination Sections

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The UKCAT has five sections that will assess your Basic English knowledge, Patterns, Mathematics, and other things. All in all, reading and reviewing is the only way to crack the test. In Verbal Reasoning, you can ace this section if you have a good command over the English language which can only be achieved by reading voraciously.

UKCAT Preparation

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Preparing for the UKCAT is not achieved in just one day. You have to devote your time and study hard on all the subjects involved so that you will not be anxious prior to the test. It is important to know your strengths and areas for improvement, and work on developing what is necessary. You should be well acquainted with all of the sections and subjects of the exam so that you will be confident during the entire process. Start your preparations months before the registration period.


Both BMAT and UKCAT are examinations that are used by universities and medical schools in the assessment of candidates who intend to apply for medical courses. There are five sections to the exams for UKCAT, and each applicant should be well-versed in all of the subjects in order to ace the tests. Registration for the UKCAT is in June, and can be taken in over 150 test centers around the country. An examinee should make preparations months before the registration to ensure success.