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UCAT Scoring: What does my score mean?
They often say the hardest part of medical school is getting in, and with tests like the UCAT, we can see why!
Since the way the UCAT is calculated is secret and changes every year based on the scores received, we can only explain how the system works, and how you can compare your scores to your cohort.
UCAT ANZ 2019 Summary Test Statistics
The UCAT scales scores for each section between 300 and 900, and from this it determines a total score for all subtests except situational judgement. What this means is your score can range from anywhere between 1200 and 3600. In 2019, the average score was 2481. It’s not clear yet what sort of scores universities will be accepting, but you can compare your score to your cohort’s using the official UCAT information, provided below.
The following table of summary statistics of the scaled scores for UCAT ANZ 2019 should assist you to understand your results in relation to those of other candidates. The scaled score range for each cognitive subtest (and the SJT) is 300 – 900 and the range for the Total Score (sum of the four cognitive subtests) is 1200 –3600.
The following table gives the decile rank of ANZ candidates based on the Total Score. Each decile represents 10% of candidates based on their overall test performance (excluding SJTs). The 1st decile represents a score at the 10th percentile; the 2nd decile represents a score at the 20th percentile, and so on. (Source: Table from UKCAT website).
What comes next?
In Australia, universities will consider your UCAT score in combination with your grades and, depending upon where you apply, personal statements or interview performance too. Often times, universities will use your UCAT score alone to offer you an interview, and then further take from that cohort only those who performed well in both. Your admissions criteria will depend on your circumstances and where you apply – many universities offer bonus credits if you are a rural or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, and all public universities offer bonded medical places. Based on previous years, the UMAT cutoff was around the 92nd percentile and with the introduction of the UCAT, this is unlikely to change. This means to be considered for admissions at most universities you would be expected to achieve a total score of at least 2830 (not including situational judgement). With the exception of UNSW and the University of Queensland, situational judgement scores will not be considered when making a decision about your application in 2019.
In New Zealand, Auckland University will weigh your cognitive subtest score as 15% of your entry score but will not be considering SJT this year. For Otago, students will need to reach a threshold score across all 5 sections and once that is passed, students will be ranked based on their GPA alone. The threshold won’t be released until after applications are due so best to apply regardless of your UCAT score!
The next step...
Once scores are out and you’re left wondering what to do next, it’s time to start thinking about interview preparation. MedView estimates that about 50% of all interview candidates receive preparation in the form of tutoring or textbooks, and we think such preparation is fundamental to interview success. If you’d like to maximise your chances at gaining entry to your target university this year, book a free consultation with an academic advisor today, and experience the MedView advantage.
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