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UKCAT for admission to Dentistry or Medicine

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Candidates applying to the Dentistry or Medicine degrees at Queen's will be required to complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).

Queen's is a part of a consortium of universities that will use the UKCAT. The test will help universities widen access and make more informed choices from amongst the many highly qualified applicants who apply for Dental or Medical degrees.

Who needs to take the test?

All applicants who are applying to the Dentistry (A200) or Medicine (A100) degrees for entry in September 2015 (and deferred entry in September 2016) must complete the test by 3 October 2014.

How do I take the test?

Applicants will be able to register to take the test from 1 May 2014. Registration for the test will only be available online at

What will I be tested on?

The UKCAT focuses on exploring applicant’s cognitive powers as well as other attributes considered to be valuable for health care professionals such as:

  • Verbal Reasoning:
    The Verbal Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to read and think carefully about information presented in passages and to determine whether specific conclusions can be drawn from information presented. You are not expected to use prior knowledge to answer the questions.
  • Quantitative Reasoning:
    The Quantitative Reasoning subtest assesses your ability to use numerical skills to solve problems. It assumes familiarity with numbers to the standard of a good pass at GCSE. However items are less to do with numerical facility and more to do with problem solving.
  • Abstract Reasoning: 
    Abstract Reasoning assesses your ability to identify patterns amongst abstract shapes where irrelevant and distracting material may lead to incorrect conclusions. The test therefore measures your ability to change track, critically evaluate and generate hypotheses and requires you to query judgements as you go along.
  • Decision Analysis: 
    The Decision Analysis Test assesses the ability to make decisions in situations of uncertainty. It requires candidates to make informed judgements with information that is incomplete, complex and ambiguous. Using a deciphering scenario, the test requires a move from logical reasoning to decisions requiring increasing degrees of judgement.
  • Situational judgement test:
    The test measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.

How will Queen's University use the test results in its selection process?

UKCAT results will be considered alongside the other academic and non-academic criteria which the Selectors for the Dentistry and Medicine degrees currently take into account. The test will therefore provide an additional objective measure which will assist in the selection of students best suited to undertake a Dental or Medical degree. 

Key dates

UKCAT registration opens

1 May 2014

UKCAT testing begins

1 July 2014

UKCAT registration deadline

19 September 2014

UKCAT last testing date

3 October 2014

UCAS application deadline

15 October 2014

Further information

For further information on the UKCAT please visit