If you have just sat UCAT, congratulations! You have made it through one of the toughest and most gruelling tests of your career. This blog contains information on how to interpret your 2019 UCAT ANZ score report.
After sitting UCAT, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE notifying you that your UCAT score report is available to view via your Pearson VUE online account. You will need to log into your Pearson VUE account to view your UCAT score report.
Your Score Report will provide you with a scaled score ranging from 300 to 900 for each subtest, as well as a total score for the cognitive subtests, ranging from 1200 to 3600. Subtest Scores are derived (scaled) from your raw score (the number of questions you got right) using statistical methods that are not made publicly available.
As this is the first year of UCAT ANZ, the scores required for entry are not yet clear. You can find some information about how your score compares by visiting https://www.ucat.ac.uk/media/1312/ukcat-test-statistics-2016_2018.pdf Note that this link refers to the UKCAT which took place in the UK in previous years, so the information may not be applicable to this year’s Australia and New Zealand cohort.
Similar statistics for the UCAT ANZ cohort will be published at the end of the UCAT testing period, accessible via this link: https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/results/test-statistics/
The score and percentile required to obtain an interview or offer depends on several factors, including: the university you are applying to, the ATAR you obtain, the state you reside in, the course (lower for courses such as dentistry), where you live (lower for rural students) and what type of place you apply for (lower for Bonded Medical Places, for example). Further offers may be made if you achieve a very high ATAR/GPA.
In general, a UCAT percentile of about 90 (80 for rural students) is normally required at most universities. This is unlikely to change this year with the shift from UMAT to UCAT.
You can find information on how UCAT is used by various universities in selecting students in the ‘Uni Admissions’ section of the LMS. Note that many universities do not release cut off UCAT scores required for entry.
Now it’s time to celebrate the fact that UCAT is over! Look out for MedEntry’s email on how to interpret your scores, and discuss your UCAT testing experience on MedEntry’s Facebook group.
After taking a well-deserved break, you should focus on your secondary school work, as this is also an important factor in medical entry. Note that until the end of the UCAT testing period when test statistics become available, it will be difficult to accurately interpret your UCAT scores.
Congratulations once again on your motivation in preparing for UCAT this year, and best of luck!