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For those looking to study a degree in medicine or dentistry, the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is one of the most challenging stages in the application process. It is used by a number of UK universities to filter candidates looking to apply for their medical programmes.

The UKCAT is not like a conventional examination; it is a two-hour, computer-based test developed to evaluate aptitude and professional behaviour, rather than medical knowledge. The UKCAT comprises five sub-tests (each detailed below) and can only be taken at Pearson Vue centres. Results are provided immediately and forwarded to the institution(s) to which the candidate is applying.

The UKCAT test is used by a group of university, medical and dental schools in the UK as part of their selection process. It enables academic institutions to make more objective decisions on who to select for their medical courses, based on how likely they are to be good performers.

The results of the test are used to identify whether candidates have the required potential to train successfully as a medical professional. The UKCAT does not include any science-based content or curriculum material. Instead, the assessment focuses on evaluating cognitive abilities, attitude and professional behaviours.