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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 2014 (and deferred entry in September 2015) must complete the test by 4 October 2012.

How do I take the test?

Applicants will be able to register to take the test from 1 May 2013. 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:
    Assesses ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form.
  • Quantitative Reasoning:
    Assesses ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.
  • Abstract Reasoning: 
    Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.
  • Decision Analysis: 
    Assesses candidates’ ability to deal with various forms of information, to infer relationships, to make informed judgements, and to decide on an appropriate response, in situations of complexity and ambiguity.
  • Situational judgement test:
    measures 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 2013

UKCAT testing begins

1 July 2013

UKCAT registration deadline

20 September 2013

UKCAT last testing date

4 October 2013

UCAS application deadline

15 October 2013

Further information

For further information on the UKCAT please visit