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UCAT 2022 Test Statistics so far (until 11 September 2022)

The UCAT 2022 preliminary test statistics have been published. This means you can finally gauge how well you have performed compared to other UCAT 2022 candidates. In order to help you make your University choices, you may want to understand how your test result relates to overall candidate performance. You may also be interested to know how your score compares with those used by universities in previous years.


Mean scores can shift between testing years and so direct comparison is not always possible. The information below provides you with decile distributions and allows you to look up your own percentile ranking. Scores from previous years are also provided.

Note: Prior to 2019 the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) was known as the UKCAT.



How Is The UCAT Scored?

The UCAT is scored out of 3,600. Marks are spread across four sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Decision Making. Your performance on each of these sections is scaled to a score between 300 and 900 and then added together, to get your overall UCAT score.


The Situational Judgement section is scored differently in the UK and the UCAT ANZ tests. In the UK, instead of getting a score, you’ll be put into one of four bands, depending on your performance. Band 1 is the highest, and band 4 is the lowest.


The SJT score in the UCAT ANZ is a number between 300 and 900 and follows the scoring of the other subtests.


This is how UCAT scores are broken down:

  • Verbal Reasoning: Score between 300 and 900

  • Quantitative Reasoning: Score between 300 and 900

  • Abstract Reasoning: Score between 300 and 900

  • Decision Making: Score between 300 and 900

Situational Judgement: Score between Band 1 and Band 4 in the UK, or between 300 and 900 in UCAT ANZEach UCAT section score ranges from 300 to 900, and the total cognitive score, which combines the scaled scores from the Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, and Abstract Reasoning sections, ranges from 1200 to 3600.


2022 Preliminary Test Scores

The following data is valid up to 11 September 2022 when 18,770 candidates had taken the test.


We are anticipating that a further 18,000 candidates will take the test; as a result, the following scores should be treated with significant caution. Candidates should use these figures as a rough guide to judge their own performance as these numbers will change as the testing cycle progresses.

As an example, the UCAT 2021 Preliminary Test Scores Mean score was 2570 and the final UCAT 2021 mean score was reduced to 2499.


Final mean scores and deciles will be published as soon as the testing cycle is closed.


Mean Total Score

The preliminary total cognitive mean scaled score is 2554.


The preliminary mean scaled scores of the cognitive subtests are below:

The scaled score range for each cognitive subtest is 300 - 900.


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UCAT Percentiles

Your UCAT percentile tells you how you performed in the test compared to other candidates. For example, if you’re in the 90th percentile, this means that you scored higher than 90% of test-takers. Percentiles are converted into deciles, so the 90th percentile becomes the 9th UCAT decile, the 80th percentile becomes the 8th UCAT decile, and so on.


Decile Ranking

The following table provides deciles of candidate total scores.

Each decile represents 10% of candidates based on their overall test performance. The 1st decile represents a score at the 10th percentile; the 2nd decile represents a score at the 20th percentile, and so on.


Situational Judgement Test

The table below shows the percentage of candidates placed in each Situational Judgement Test band.


2022 Final Test Scores

Final 2022 mean scores, deciles and percentiles will be published after testing ends.



Cognitive Subtests 2018 - 2021

The scaled score range for each cognitive subtest is 300 – 900. Mean scaled scores for the cognitive subtests are below:

The following table provides deciles of candidate total scores in each year. Each decile represents 10% of candidates. The 1st decile represents a score at the 10th percentile; the 2nd decile represents a score at the 20th percentile, and so on.


Situational Judgement Test (SJT) 2018 - 2021

The table below shows the percentage of candidates achieving each SJT banding:


Minimum UCAT Score For Medicine

There is no single minimum UCAT score that you need in order to get into Medical School – it depends on how each UCAT university uses scores. Some will rank applicants by score, which means you need to score as high as possible to stand a chance of being shortlisted. Some need you to beat a low cutoff score to be considered. And some will assess your application based on things like A Level grades instead, which means you have a chance of being shortlisted even with a lower UCAT score.


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