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What is a Good UCAT ANZ Score?

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Students who sit UCAT ANZ receive their UCAT Score Report on the same day, often within an hour of sitting the test. The format of UCAT scores can be confusing. Students will be notified via email once their UCAT Score Report is available. This blog answers some common questions about UCAT ANZ scores.

How are UCAT ANZ scores calculated?

UCAT ANZ scores are calculated by converting the number of questions you got right into a ‘scaled score’. Scaled scores range from 300-900 in each subtest. Pearson VUE do not publicly release details of how they calculate scaled scores, but they use statistical tools involving IRT (Item Response Theory). For more information, check out our blogs on UCAT scoring: part 1 and part 2.

Your scores in each of the four cognitive subtests (UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning) are added together to form an overall UCAT cognitive subtest score, which ranges from 1200 to 3600. Students also receive a separate score for UCAT Situational Judgement, ranging from 300-900.

What is a good UCAT ANZ score?

Ultimately, UCAT scores are a comparison of your own performance against others sitting UCAT. This means that achieving a ‘good score’ means performing well in UCAT compared to others. Statistics on how this year’s UCAT ANZ cohort performed will be available at the end of the UCAT testing cycle.

Preliminary test statistics are available from Pearson VUE for UCAT which took place in 2021.

These statistics showed that the approximate mean scaled score varied somewhat depending on subtest:

Subtest

Approx. UCAT Mean Score

UCAT Verbal
Reasoning

587

UCAT Decision
Making

623

UCAT Quantitative Reasoning

679

UCAT Abstract Reasoning

649

UCAT Situational Judgement

581

 

The following chart shows how each percentile converted to overall cognitive scaled scores in UCAT:

Percentile

Approximate UCAT cognitive scaled score

90th+

2960+

80th

2810

70th

2700

60th

2600

50th

2520

40th

2440

30th

2360

20th

2280

10th

2150

Therefore, to be in the top 10% of students sitting UCAT in the past, you would need to have achieved an overall cognitive scaled score of over 2900.

Note that these are preliminary test statistics so there may be slight differences between these scores and those on the final statistics.  UCAT ANZ 2021 test statistics will be published at the end of the UCAT testing cycle.

What UCAT ANZ score do I need to get into medicine?

In general, for standard applicants to medical courses in Australia, students need to be in the top 10% of those sitting UCAT. Rural students, students who live in certain regions (for example for WSU), those from disadvantaged or low SES schools, those applying for Bonded Medical Places and those applying to dentistry generally have lower UCAT score requirements for entry. 

Furthermore, at some universities, offers for medicine will be made for students who performing outstandingly well in their year 12 studies. Note that medical interviews are also a very important part of the medical selection process.

Where can I get more information?

You can find UCAT ANZ test statistics at:

https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/results/test-statistics/

You can also find more information here: https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat/entry/how-will-medical-schools-use-ucat

Read our blog for detailed advice on what to do now, based on your UCAT score.

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