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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. 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).

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.

Test statistics are available from Pearson VUE for UCAT which took place in 2019.

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

Subtest

Approx. UCAT Mean Score

UCAT Verbal
Reasoning

571

UCAT Decision
Making

618

UCAT Quantitative Reasoning

663

UCAT Abstract Reasoning

629

UCAT Situational Judgement

592

 

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

Percentile

Approximate UCAT cognitive scaled score

90th+

2850+

80th

2710

70th

2610

60th

2540

50th

2470

40th

2400

30th

2330

20th

2260

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 2800.

Note that there may be differences between Australian / New Zealand students who sat UCAT previous years and this year, and therefore the above table cannot be applied accurately to this year’s UCAT ANZ cohort of students. UCAT ANZ 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, local students, those applying for Bonded Medical Places and those applying to dentistry will require lower UCAT scores for entry.

Furthermore, at some universities, offers for medicine will be made for students 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 test statistics at:

https://www.ucat.edu.au/media/1317/ucat-anz-2019_summary-statistics_21_08_19.pdf

https://www.ucat.ac.uk/media/1312/ukcat-test-statistics-2016_2018.pdf

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

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