UKCAT 2017 UK Clinical Aptitude Test www.ukcat.ac.uk In this session... What is the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and who uses it? The UKCAT process Key Dates, Registration and Booking Costs and Bursaries Whats in the test Preparation and Candidate Toolkit
Taking the Test, Marking and Results More information What is the UKCAT? An admissions test used in the selection process by a consortium of UK university medical and dental schools Introduced in 2006 by a consortium of universities to help assess other skills and attitudes needed by future doctors and dentists for successful clinical practice
There is no curriculum content; the test examines innate skills It helps universities to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants who apply for their medical and dental degree programmes It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as the UCAS application, academic qualifications, references and interviews What is the UKCAT? You sit the test in the same year that you apply through UCAS You can only sit the test once each year 2 hour, multiple-choice, computer based test which you sit at a local Pearson VUE test centre
It assesses a range of mental abilities across 5 separately timed subtests: Verbal Reasoning Decision Making Quantitative Reasoning Abstract Reasoning Situational Judgement UK UKCAT Universities
University of Aberdeen Aston University University of Birmingham University of Bristol Cardiff University University of Dundee University of East Anglia University of Edinburgh University of Exeter
University of Glasgow Hull York Medical School Keele University King's College London
University of Leicester University of Liverpool University of Manchester University of Newcastle University of Nottingham Plymouth University Queen Mary, University of London Queen's University Belfast University of Sheffield University of Southampton University of St Andrews St George's, University of London University of Warwick Key Dates 2017
2 May - Registration opens 3 July - Testing begins 19 September (5pm) - Registration deadline 19 September - Bursary application deadline 2 October (midday) - Booking/rescheduling deadline 3 October - Last testing date 15 October - UCAS application deadline Early November - Results delivered to Universities Registration, Booking & Costs
Register and create an online account so you can book your test. Book early to ensure places are available at a local centre. Costs: Tests taken in the EU July-August: 65 Tests taken in the EU September-October: 85 Tests taken outside the EU: 115 Bursaries Bursaries that cover the full test fee are available to EU
candidates from low-income households You may be eligible if you receive: 16-19 Bursary; Free School Meals; Discretionary Learner Support; Educational Maintenance Allowance; Full Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant; Income Support; Job Seeker's Allowance; Employment & Support Allowance; Universal Credit You may also be eligible if your parent/guardian receives: Child Tax Credit; Income Support; Job Seeker's Allowance; Employment & Support Allowance; Universal Credit Check the website for more details about the criteria, how to
apply and what evidence is required Candidates with Disabilities The UKCATSEN is an extended version of the test (2 hours 30 mins) which can be booked if you are entitled to additional time for public examinations based upon a medical diagnosis or report from a specialist teacher. Likely to relate to dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia, attention deficit disorder or working memory deficit but may apply to a range of other medical conditions. See the website for
details. What is in the Test? Verbal reasoning - assesses ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form Decision making - assesses ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information. Quantitative reasoning - assesses ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form Abstract reasoning - assesses the use of convergent and
divergent thinking to infer relationships from information Situational judgement - measures capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them Test Format Standard UKCAT & Extended UKCATSEN Subtest Items UKCAT (includes 1 minute per subtest for instruction) UKCATSEN
(includes 1 min 15 secs per subtest for instruction) Verbal Reasoning 44 22 minutes 27 minutes 30 secs Decision Making 29 32 minutes
Situational Judgement 68 27 minutes 33 minutes 45 secs 120 minutes 150 minutes Total time Verbal Reasoning
The test assesses your ability to read and think carefully about information presented in passages and to determine whether specific conclusions can be drawn from information presented. You are not expected to use prior knowledge to answer the questions 21 minutes to answer 44 items, associated with 11 passages Some items assess critical reasoning skills, requiring candidates to make inferences and draw conclusions from information For other items you decide whether the statement provided follows logically from the information in the passage
Verbal Reasoning Verbal Reasoning Answer: C Rationale: This is supported by the information presented in the whole passage. Since rodents are a food source for foxes, it is common sense that when there are more rodents, there will be more foxes as their reproduction is dependent on food availability. Decision Making
This subtest assesses the ability to apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information 31 minutes to answer 29 items, associated with diagrams, text, charts or graphs All questions are standalone and do not share data After a pilot year in 2016 (which was unscored) this section is now scored the same as the other cognitive subtests for 2017 Decision Making Decision Making
Answer: A) No - there could be some red but not must be B) Yes -There are some white flowers C) No - there are yellow begonias D) Yes - There are no red begonias E) No - there could be black dahlias, for example Quantitative Reasoning The test assesses your ability to use numerical skills to solve
problems. 24 minutes to answer 36 items associated with tables, charts, and/or graphs. It assumes familiarity with numbers to the standard of a good pass at GCSE but focuses on problem solving. A basic calculator is available for use in this section. Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Answer: B Rationale: Deposit for Type D motorboat on Sundays = 95 + 5 95/100 = 95 + 4.75 = 99.75. Total cost of renting a Type D motorboat for 6 hours on a Sunday = Deposit + Cost per hour number of hours = 99.75 + 100 6 = 99.75 + 600 = 699.75.
Abstract Reasoning The test assesses your ability to identify patterns amongst abstract shapes where irrelevant and distracting material may lead to incorrect conclusions The test therefore measures your ability to change track, critically evaluate and generate hypotheses and requires you to query judgements as you go along There are 4 different item types in this test 13 minutes to answer 55 items associated with sets of
shapes Abstract Reasoning Abstract Reasoning Set A Rule: Regardless of the nature of the shapes themselves there must be an equal number of black and shaded shapes but the combined total is always at least one more than the total number of white shapes Set B Rule: Regardless of the nature of the shapes themselves there must be an equal number of black and white shapes but the combined total is always at least one fewer than the total number of shaded shapes. Answer: A Set A Rationale: 3 black and 3 white but only 3 shaded so cannot satisfy
rules for set B. 3 shaded and 3 black (= 6 shapes) which is more than the total number of white shapes so must be A. Situational Judgement The test measures your capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them
It assesses the key traits of integrity, perspective taking and team involvement SJTs are used widely in medical selection, including selection of Foundation Doctors, GPs and other medical specialties 26 minutes to answer 68 items associated with 21 scenarios (consisting of between 2 and 6 response items) Situational Judgement Situational Judgement Answer: B - Appropriate, but not ideal Rationale: The General Medical Council requires students to work within the limits of their competence, training and status as medical students. A medical student is not qualified to discuss the possible outcomes of the patients blood test nor what the future may hold for the patient. However, it is correct for a student to explain his role to
the patient, so that the patient understands the students position. In this situation, where a patient is concerned or worried about their health, the medical student should acknowledge the patients concerns and advise the patient to address their concerns with a more appropriate member of staff. Candidate Preparation Toolkit www.ukcat.ac.uk/preparation/candidate-toolkit/ Ensure you prepare thoroughly for the UKCAT. There are over 1000 FREE practice questions on our website. Preparation for the UKCAT
Familiarise yourself with the requirements and question styles in each subtest Its vital to understand the time limitations in each section and to develop strategies to approach each subtest with this in mind Use the FREE preparation material on the website, including the fully timed practice tests There are many companies offering UKCAT preparation material; be careful as they may not necessarily be of a high standard and may not be up to date enough to mirror the actual test.
Go to www.thestudentroom.co.uk where there is advice available from current/past candidates. This includes links to free practice resources which can be found on the internet Spend around 25-30 hours in preparation for the UKCAT Hints and Tips If you have not studied maths beyond GCSE level (or recently), revisit and practice these skills as this will impact on the Quantitative Reasoning section in particular. Try to answer all the questions. Practise the test timings and remember that no points are deducted for wrong
answers so if youre stuck use your best guess. If you are not well, reschedule your test to a later date even if you lose your test fee. In presenting yourself for testing, you are declaring yourself fit. UKCAT do not consider health issues as extenuating circumstances. Taking the Test Arrive at the Test Centre at least 15 minutes before you are due to start. If you are late you may not be allowed to test and will have to pay again.
Very important! Make sure you take the right ID or you will not be allowed to sit the test. Make sure they give you a booklet and pen. Other people will be testing in the same room as you so you can ask for ear plugs or headphones to limit disturbance this is not like a school exam! If you experience any issues during your test you must notify the invigilator immediately. Marking 2017 Your UKCAT result will comprise of: A score of between 1200 to 3600 A banding for Situational Judgement
Verbal Reasoning 300 to 900 Decision Making 300 to 900 Quantitative Reasoning 300 to 900 Abstract Reasoning 300 to 900 Situational Judgement Band 1 to 4 (1 the highest) Total mean average score in 2015 was 2531.
Results Results are available on the day of your test Before you submit your UCAS application check how universities use the test or you might be wasting an application We liaise with UCAS to confirm your university choices. UKCAT passes your results to your university choices directly
in early November and they will use it alongside a number of factors which could include academic performance, UCAS personal statement, references etc. More information Follow UKCAT on Twitter or Facebook to see reminders of deadlines, example questions, revision tips, and get average scores as soon as they are released. @UKCATest /UKClinicalAptitudeTest
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