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UCAT FAQs

Have questions about the UCAT? Not sure how long your score is valid for, or when to sit the test? We’re here to help – we answer some of the most common UCAT questions below.


How long is my UCAT score valid for?

UCAT scores are valid for one year after you sit the test. You will sit the exam the year before you plan to start medical school – for example, if you are applying for 2020 entry you will sit the UCAT in 2019. If you don’t get the score you hoped for and want to reapply to university, you will need to sit the UCAT again. Visit our UCAT Scores page for more info.

What can I do with a low UCAT score?

Students often worry about not scoring as highly as they would like on the UCAT. However, this isn’t the end of your medical school journey! It’s important that you use your score to apply strategically to universities – so, for example, if you get a low score, this might involve applying to medical schools that place little emphasis on the UCAT.

How can I improve my UCAT score?

Lots of practice! Completing UCAT practice questions will significantly improve your score – we’d recommend using practice questions to pinpoint areas you’re not so confident on, and reading our UCAT preparation tips to help you improve.

The more you practice, the more you will familiarise yourself with the questions so you’ll be able to spot anything designed to trip you up!

Do I get extra time in the UCAT test if I’m dyslexic?

Yes – if you’re dyslexic you do get extra time in the UCAT. The UCAT Special Educational Needs (UCATSEN) is 25% longer than the standard UCAT and that candidates with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia, attention deficit disorder or working memory deficit should book this version of the test.

How should I prepare for the UCAT exam?

Everyone finds different preparation methods useful, so we’d recommend trying different styles to find one that suits you.

For example, some students might find it useful to complete practice questions section by section – or some prefer to try questions across all sections to find which ones they struggle with.

Most students find it useful to attend a UCAT Course to learn techniques for each section of the test, and then apply these in their own preparation.

When should I start my UCAT preparation?

We’d recommend four weeks of regular revision, followed by two weeks of intense revision before sitting the UCAT. In this period, you should be aiming to complete as many practice questions as you can, and in the final two weeks we’d recommend trying some mock tests. You can find both on our UCAT Question Bank.

Where can I find free UCAT practice questions?

We offer a number of free practice questions in our UCAT Question Bank. You can access thousands of UCAT questions, covering each section of the test and track your performance in your dashboard.

Can I postpone my UCAT exam if I’m ill?

You can postpone your exam but if you leave it too late you may lose your test fee. If you’re unwell it’s best to cancel and then re-book your test – as if you start your exam you must complete it and won’t be able to resit that year.

If I’m unhappy with my UCAT score, can I resit the test?

Unfortunately, you can only sit the UCAT once per year so if you didn’t score as highly as you’d have liked then you’ll need to sit the test the following year and reapply.


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