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What is UCAT?

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Published: 25 July 2019

The UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test which assesses a range of mental abilities identified by university medical and dental schools as important. It consists of five separately timed subtests which each contain a number of questions in a multiple-choice format.  Once started the test cannot be paused for a break but before each subtest there is a timed instruction section.  

All applicants to Sunderland must take the UCAT test in the year of application. The test is valid for one year.

UCAT Subtests

  • Verbal Reasoning
    Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.
  • Decision Making
    Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.
  • Abstract Reasoning
    Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.
  • Situational Judgement
    Measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.

(source: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/)

Please see the UCAT website for further information.

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