How to Interpret Your UCAT Results

How to Interpret Your UCAT Results

1 year ago by Robert

On the day you sit the UCAT, you will receive a score for each of the five subtests (from 300 to 900). What is more important is the percentile ranking which will be available in September on the UCAT NZ site.

Your percentile rank gives an indication of how your overall score compares to other students who sat UCAT. For example, if you obtain a percentile rank of 60, this means you have performed better than 60% of students and 40% of students have performed better than you.

What UCAT score do I need to get into medicine?
The UCAT score you need to obtain an interview offer or offer for medicine depends on the university to which you are applying. In general, a UCAT percentile at least 85 is required to be offered an interview.

The UCAT score required for some students at some universities may be lower. These include:

  • Those who achieve a very high ATAR (close to 99.95) – particularly those applying to UNSW, Monash, UWA or the University of Adelaide
  • Rural applicants
  • Those residing in particular regions (eg. Greater Western Sydney area students applying to WSU, Tasmanian students applying to UTas, WA students applying to UWA, SA students applying to Adelaide)

Final entry into medicine usually depends on a combination of your UCAT, ATAR and interview performance.

Note that James Cook University is an undergraduate medical degree that does not require UCAT for entry but generally takes in students who have some rural exposure.

What are the cut off scores required for entry into various universities?
Many universities do not publish the cut off scores required for entry, as these vary from year to year depending on the demand for each course. Furthermore, some universities place more weight on particular subtests, or have minimum scores required for particular subtests.

MedEntry students will find further information on the LMS under ‘Uni Admissions’ > ‘UCAT Scores Required for Interviews and Entry’.

What if I don’t get a UCAT or ATAR high enough for medicine?
Before cut off scores are known for each university, and before your ATAR is released, it is not possible to determine with certainty whether or not you will obtain entry into medicine. It is therefore wise to keep medicine courses on your preference forms for the various state-based admission bodies.

If you do miss out on medicine this year, there are several options available to you. These are outlined below.

  • If your ATAR is sufficiently high, but your UCAT is not, you can take a gap year and re-sit UCAT. The vast majority of students who re-sit UCAT improve on their second attempt. You can also spend the year working, travelling and obtaining work experience or volunteer work in a health-related field, which will help you in your medical interview.
  • You can enrol in another course and attempt a transfer into medicine. This option does limit the number of places available to you (as you become a ‘non-standard applicant’). Some universities will not accept non-school leavers for medicine, and some will only accept those who are studying at that particular university.
  • You can pursue graduate entry medicine (note that this is a more expensive and time-consuming pathway, and there is uncertainty involved in terms of obtaining entry).

At MedEntry we truly believe that if you are committed and motivated to pursue medicine, you will be successful – it is just a matter of how, when and where. Note that discounts are available to past MedEntry students.

What should I do now?
Unfortunately there is not much you can do except focus on your ATAR and wait until interview offers are released. Interview offer dates depend on the university, but you can expect to receive offers from October to January.

If you haven’t already done so, arrange work experience or volunteer work in a health-related field prior to interviews, as this will help your application.

What if I have questions?
If you have further questions, you can contact the universities concerned or MedEntry.

Wishing all students the very best of luck!