Each year, there are significant variations in the questions posed by the UKCAT, the scaling of the scores, and the candidates’ performances as a result, medical schools take into account where the student’s score ranks in comparison to other applicants. The UKCAT publishes the decile boundaries each year for applicants to understand how their score fares for that year. Preliminary boundaries typically come out in early September, with updates regularly made until the final boundaries for the year are released in late October. By this point, UCAS applications should typically have been submitted, so students should use the preliminary score for the year, scores from previous years, as well as requirements posted on the websites of medical schools.
Below is a table listing out decile boundaries for 4 years, including decision analysis (which makes total scaled score on 3600):
Knowing the average UKCAT scores section-wise also helps you judge how competitive you are for a University based the score you received on each section. Following are the average UKCAT scores by section (including decision analysis):
Since the Situational Judgement Test does not have scaled scores but rather bands, following are the Situational Judgement Test band distribution for students who had taken the UKCAT 2015 and 2016:
|Situational Judgement Test Band||2015 Percentage distribution||2016 Percentage Distributions|
Remark: UKCAT 2016 decile ranges and average scores per section (with the exception of Situational Judgement Test) have not been mentioned as the UKCAT 2016 did not contain the Decision Making Test, and therefore was scaled only between 900 and 2700. Therefore, it is not possible for candidates taking the UKCAT in 2017 to compare their scores to UKCAT 2016 scores.
Information has been compiled using exclusively official and verifiable sources of information. Data has been irregularly approximated to facilitate easier comprehension and analysis. Numbers are subject to change. Prep Zone has made considerable effort to ensure that numbers are accurate as of publication, but does not accept liability for the accuracy of these numbers. Some data may be unavailable because: (i) some colleges do not report GPA and/or SAT score statistics, (ii) some colleges do not accept or store SAT Writing section scores, (iii) statistics on the new SAT’s scores are not available since it was first administered outside the US in only mid-2016, and/or (iv) some information for the latest year of assessment is unavailable. When data has been unavailable, numbers have been extrapolated using the last ten years’ worth of available statistics and our proprietary algorithm. Such extrapolated data is labelled with an asterisk (*).