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Sitting the UCAT

All applicants must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or if appropriate, the UCATSEN. UCAT testing is available throughout the world. We advise you to register for the test at the earliest available opportunity. This way, if you have a problem on the day, for example ill health, you will be able to arrange to sit the test again before the deadline. Please note that UCAT will no longer issue exemption for illness or personal circumstances. Candidates who present themselves to test are declaring themselves fit to take the test. UCAT have created a new video aimed at helping candidates to prepare for the UCAT. Candidates can view the video through UCAT's social media channels (Youtube / Vimeo) or on the Homepage of their website. We will not know the range of UCAT scores until we receive them in November so will be unable to comment on whether an applicant's score meets the threshold score to be invited to our Selection Centre.

Please check the UCAT webpages on changes to testing in 2021 (2022 entry) due to COVID-19.

Candidates with disabilities

Candidates with disabilities can often test by taking the UCATSEN (or one of the alternative versions UCATSA, UCATSENSA or UCATSEN50) or by UCAT making adjustments to meet particular examination needs. Candidates who do not think that the UCATSEN or special examination arrangements will meet their particular needs should contact UCAT directly and present supporting evidence. Please carefully check the UCAT website for the process for requesting access arrangements. We strongly recommend that you make early contact to discuss any access arrangements rather than towards the end of the testing cycle.

Should UCAT not be able to provide the necessary adjustments, please contact us directly (, prior to the end of the UCAT testing cycle, with both your supporting evidence and confirmation from UCAT of the inability to accommodate your requirements. We will confirm whether or not we will accept your application without a UCAT test result. We will not consider any requests received without supporting evidence, without the relevant confirmation from UCAT or after the end of the UCAT testing cycle.

UCAT: Required scores

The total UCAT score required to secure a place at our Selection Centre varies year on year and is dependent upon the UCAT performance of applicants to Warwick Medical School. For example, a downward shift in overall UCAT score could result in a lower UCAT score needed to achieve a place at Selection Centre, compared to previous years. Please bear this in mind when making your decision to apply.

Verbal reasoning score

We use the UCAT verbal reasoning score as one of the predictors of success in certain examinations at medical school. Our first round of selection therefore identifies those with a verbal reasoning score at or above the national mean for the cohort sitting UCAT in the year of application. Those scoring below the cohort mean will be rejected at this stage. Those with scores above the cohort mean will then have points awarded for their total UCAT score, with higher total UCAT scores receiving higher points.

Minimum UCAT scores to have reached recent Warwick selection centres

The lowest UCAT score for an applicant with an undergraduate degree who was invited to Selection Centre was 2,570 for 2019 entry, 2,650 for 2018 entry, 2,060 for 2017 entry; 2,770 for 2016 entry; and 2,800 for 2015 entry. For the 2016 test cycle (2017 entry), UCAT introduced a test pilot for the Decision Analysis subtest and candidates only received a score for the remaining three subtests, ranging from 900 to 2700, instead of 1200 to 3600. For the 2017 cycle (2018 entry) candidates and universities will receive a total score for the sum of all four subtests (Verbal Reasoning / Decision Making / Quantitative Reasoning / Abstract Reasoning). We will also be considering the Situational Judgement section of the test.