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Medical Schools and UKCAT (Revised Sept. 2014)

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Paper giving details of Medical Schools in England and Wales and their use of UKCAT scores in their admissions policies.
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  29/09/2014 1 Medical Schools and UKCAT (England & Wales) The notes below attempt to summarise the way in which medical schools are using the UKCAT test scores as part of their selection criteria. It is not an exhaustive list. If in doubt, please check with the admissions dept. at the relevant medical school. Warwick and Swansea are Graduate Entry only. Note that the information given is applicable for the 5-year (A100) courses. N.B. The mean score for candidates sitting the UKCAT test in 2007 & 2008 was exactly 2430 points. In 2009 it was 2504. 2010/11 : 2475. 2012 : 2515. 2013 : 2643. In 2013, the mean scores for each section were as follows:   Total N   Mean   Standard Deviation   Minimum   Maximum   Verbal Reasoning   25679 556.55 97.78 300 900 Quantitative Reasoning   25679 654.50 96.30 300 900  Abstract Reasoning   25679 660.97 114.91 300 900 Decision  Analysis   25679 770.75 106.91 300 900 Total Scale Score   25679 2642.77 317.10 1250 3540 ã   The mean average score (up to 31st August 2014) is 2539. UKCAT not required Liverpool, Lancaster, Birmingham & Bristol. Schools requiring BMAT Imperial, UCL, Oxford, Cambridge, BSMS, Leeds MEDICAL SCHOOLS USING A RANKING SYSTEM (or similar) Barts and the Royal London   “ How we use the UKCAT ã   For school-leavers/gap year students, you must achieve at least 2400 overall in the UKCAT. ã   We are not able to give you advice on the minimum score we require, since it varies from year to year; however, it is unlikely that you would be offered an interview if you obtained a TOTAL UKCAT score below 2400; although there is no guarantee you will be offered an interview if you score above this. ã   We are not able to give you advice on the minimum score we require to be shortlisted for interview, since it varies from year to year. The tariff score makes up  29/09/2014 2 50% of the weighting and the other 50% is from the UKCAT score. You are advised to check last year’s admissions cycle data before applying. ã    A100 applicants (not including graduates) who achieve at least 2400 overall in the UKCAT and meet our minimum academic entry criteria will be given a score for their UCAS tariff based on achieved/predicted grades for all ‘tariffable’ criteria. Candidates will be expected to have achieved or be predicted a UCAS tariff of 410 or more. 410 points must be achieved from the main scoring Academic acceptable criteria. 50% of the weighting will be on Tariff and 50% on the UKCAT score.  ã   We aim to interview approximately 800 applicants on the basis of UKCAT score and  predicted UCAS tariff. It is not possible to predict what the thresholds will be in any individual year, nor to use data from previous years to predict subsequent years’ thresholds, since it is essentially competitive and depends on who applies. Hence we do not plan to make this information public. (Website: Sept.2014) Brighton & Sussex BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) BSMS requires all applicants to sit the BMAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. You are required to register with BMAT assessment centres prior to the test. Please refer to the BMAT website for key dates and additional information. The results of the BMAT will be used to assess each application and will form part of the process to select applicants for interview. BMAT may also be used as a final discriminator if needed after interview (website August  2014)  Cardiff  All applicants (other than those resident in exempt countries) are required to take the national UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UK-CAT) during July-October 2014  . Test results obtained in previous years are not accepted. We do not have a minimum threshold score for the UKCAT so no matter what you apply with, we still consider your application. We only the results of an applicant’s UKCAT test if we are at the end of the process with two applicants in a ‘tie-break’ situation, at which point we may refer to the test results to make a decision.  (Medical School brochure 2014/15)  Exeter “Applications will be sorted according to academic profile and UKCAT results in order to determine which applicants will receive an offer of an interview. We do not have a definitive UKCAT cut-off score, however, we would advise students with an overall score of less than 2,500 that they are unlikely to be offered an interview. The interview is the final stage of the application process and we are only able to make offers to students who have attended interviews. Interviews are held in Exeter each February and we are considering holding interviews in different international locations in January 2015.” (Website Sept. 2014)    29/09/2014 3 HYMS Addition of points for the UKCAT You must take the UKCAT in the year you apply. For 2015 entry, we award you a number of  points depending on your UKCAT score, and add this to your academic score and your SJT band to give the total score which we will use to rank you against other applicants when deciding who to invite to interview. We do not consider your application if: 1) Your total UKCAT score is less than 2450 2) You score less than 400 in the Verbal Reasoning subtest 3) You score less than 500 in any other subtest For 2015 entry we will not be using your UKCAT score post-interview. ã    A typical UKCAT score for a HYMS applicant meeting our entry requirements in previous years has been around 2650 UKCAT bands 2450 + 10pts 2550 + 15pts 2650 + 20pts 2750 + 25pts 2850 + 30pts 2950 + 35pts 3050 + 40pts Invitation to interview  Our selection procedure aims to be fair, open and transparent to all applicants. For a clear overview, download our selection flowchart (pdf available from HYMS.ac.uk).  (website: Sept. 2014)  Keele “Keele uses UKCAT results only in borderline cases: for students with the highest level of academic achievement or highest-scoring personal statements, the UKCAT score will not be taken into account. Those applicants who narrowly miss achieving the required score for their UCAS application may receive further consideration on the basis of their UKCAT score. In these borderline cases, the required UKCAT score will depend upon the level of performance in the test among this group of applicants; however, it is unlikely that applicants with total UKCAT scores below 2,400 will be successful at this stage. Applicants holding offers who narrowly miss achieving the required grades in their A-levels (or equivalent level-3 qualification) may receive  further consideration if there are places available. In these circumstances, the factors taken  29/09/2014 4 into consideration in allocating remaining places will include interview score and UKCAT score.  Applicants receiving offers for 2014 entry had UKCAT total scores ranging from 1960 to 3430 (i.e. mean subtest scores of 490 to 858). Please note that scores in the situational judgment test (SJT) section of UKCAT will not be used in making decisions for 2015 entry.   It should be noted, however, that no students with a band 4 score in the SJT received offers for 2014 entry. This may indicate that a poor score in the SJT predicts poor performance in other aspects of the selection process.” (website Sept. 2014)   Kings College, London For those who meet, or are predicted to meet, the standard entrance requirements, there is no sole indicator when making a decision on an application. However, it is fair to say that an applicant’s UKCAT is an important part of the application process as it allows us to fairly compare the large number of applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. The College never commits to a minimum UKCAT score in advance of the admissions cycle as the quantity and quality of applications varies each year. Indeed, there is no absolute minimum UKCAT score as other factors are taken into consideration. In general though, the better one does on the UKCAT the greater the chance of being invited to interview. Your UKCAT scores will be considered in our selection for interview. They will not be the sole indicator for selection. They will be balanced against achievement in other areas, in particular your academic performance to date.  All indicators will be considered together in deciding who will be selected for interview. It is therefore important to understand that there is no universal 'cut off' score for the UKCAT when applying for 2015 entry. For example, if an applicant has an excellent academic background then the test scores will play a less significant part in selection. For those with weaker academic backgrounds (relative to our overall applicant pool), the scores will become more important.  An applicant who may not normally be considered on academic grounds could be invited to interview on the strength of strong UKCAT scores that may indicate potential. Also, if applicants are very similar in all other ways, the score may be the determining factor in selection for interview.  As a guide for applicants, for 2014 entry, most applicants invited for interview had scored at least 730. However this will inevitably change for 2015 entry in accordance with the overall quality of applicants. The School of Medicine aims to select the most able and appropriate students; not only in terms of academic ability, but also in relation to other interests and talents you may have which will contribute to the vitality of the School and College and with regard to your suitability as a  future member of the medical profession. All UCAS applications received by 15 October are given equal consideration and scrutinised very carefully by the selection panels. For A100,
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