UK clinical aptitude test (UKCAT)
The UKCAT focuses on exploring your cognitive powers, as well as other attributes considered valuable for healthcare professionals.
Who needs to take the test?
All applicants to the BM4, BM5 and BM6 programmes are required to take the UKCAT in the summer prior to making an application. Any applicant who has not taken the UKCAT will not have their application considered further by the Faculty of Medicine.
Why are you being asked to take the test?
The Faculty of Medicine has made the decision to ask applicants to complete the UKCAT to assist us in making more informed choices when selecting which applicants we should offer a place to. Applications for entry have increased considerably since 2005 and the majority of these applications were from applicants who have achieved or were predicted high academic grades, as well as having undertaken extremely good quality work experience to support their application. This makes the role of universities, when selecting applicants to study medicine, very challenging.
When do you take the test?
The UKCAT results are only valid for applications to universities in the year in which the test is taken. If your application to medical school is not successful and you re-apply the following year, you will be required to re-sit the UKCAT. Applicants must resit the test in each year of application.
How do I take the test?
Registration for the test will only be available online at www.ukcat.ac.uk.
What will I be tested on?
Please visit the UKCAT website at www.ukcat.ac.uk for details of what you will be tested on.
Situational Judgement Test: Currently The University of Southampton does not use this subtest.
How will the University of Southampton use the test results in its selection process?
Update - 7 October 2014: According to the latest information from UKCAT for the 2014 test, the data shows that candidates are scoring up to 200 points lower than last year. Therefore the approximate lowest scores that gain an invitation to attend a selection day are likely to be reduced comparably.
All applicants to the BM4, BM5 and BM6 programmes are required to take the UKCAT.
All applicants to BM4 and BM5 programmes must score 2500 (from the first four subtests) or above in the UKCAT exam in order for their application to be considered further. The Faculty of Medicine will then be ranking applicants by UKCAT score and a certain percentage will be invited to attend a selection day.
The cut-off score does not apply to the BM6 (A102) programme, but the UKCAT score will continue to be used alongside all other information as part of the BM6 selection process.
As guidance, below are the approximate lowest scores for those who were invited to a selection day.
BM5 School Leavers/Graduates/Overseas 2800
BM5 Mature Non-Graduates 2500
BM6 Not applicable
For further information on the UKCAT please visit www.ukcat.ac.uk