How do UCAT scores work?

The UCAT consists of five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Situational Judgement.

After sitting the UCAT exam, candidates are given several scores:

  • An individual score for each of the five sections. These scores range from 300 to 900, and represent the standardised scaled mark that allows all versions of the UCAT exam to be comparable. (It’s not the same thing as a percentile—a detailed explanation of how percentiles work can be found in this article.)
  • An aggregate score for the first four sections. This is what people are usually referring to when they talk about their ‘UCAT score’ (e.g. 2980), and it’s also the score used to calculate percentiles. It ranges from 1200 to 3600. (Side note: in 2020, the average result achieved by candidates was around 2527, which is equivalent to only 55%! More on that in this article.)

These scores are directly emailed to you around 30–60 minutes after you sit the exam. Here’s an example of the score report that candidates are given:

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