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  • Writer's pictureCameron Elsworth

How do Medical and Dental Schools Use My UCAT Score? A breakdown.

How Do Universities Use My UCAT Score?

For universities that use the UCAT as part of their selection process, the weighting to which an applicant’s score is used varies from a simple minimum cut-off in order to be invited to interview, to making up a larger portion of the selection weighting. However, the UCAT will still have some weighting on whether or not a candidate is offered a place; in this sense, a strong UCAT can genuinely open the door to the offer of four interviews for medical school.

The cohort averages change year on year for the UCAT, so it is difficult to predict exactly what score will be needed. However, aiming to place yourself within the top 30% of candidates does generally open the door to some universities using cut-off scores, and placing yourself within the top 10% will open the door to all universities using cut-off scores.

What are UCAT Deciles? How can I read published UCAT statistics?

UCAT deciles break down the average score of a cohort for a particular year into 10% chunks. This allows you to compare your score against the cohort mean and gain a more accurate understanding of your performance.

The UCAT Consortium publishes interim deciles towards the end of summer, which will allow you to gauge how you have performed in relation to the cohort and possibly alter your university choices based on this.

Note: the UCAT deciles can be found on the UCAT consortium website or via Google Search for your relevant year. In the past, the cut-off for decile 7 (top 30%) has been 662.5 average, and for decile 9 (top 10%) has been 712.5.

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