UCAT 2020 Interim Results Are Out: How Good Is My UCAT Score?

UCAT Exam

2020-09-21

Find out your provisional rank among this year’s cohort, what it means, and what actions you should consider.

The UCAT is being sat by candidates up until 1st October 2020 and as such, the final statistics is not available. However, the interim statistics provide you with a good indication of how well you did in the UCAT.

UCAT 2020 Interim Statistics

The preliminary mean total scaled score is 2578.

The table below shows the total scaled score (VR + DM + QR + AR) required to attain a particular decile rank. For example, if your total score is 2910 or above, this means you will likely be in the 9th decile rank, or top 10% of the candidates.

UCAT 2020 Interim Decile Rank

For the SJT section, 35% of students were placed in Band 1, 38% in Band 2, 20% in Band 3 and 6% in Band 4.

Note: The interim statistics are based on 19,461 candidates who sat the test until 20th September. The final statistics will change depending on the performance of the ~15,000 candidates who are yet to take the UCAT.

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Impact on Your Medical School Application

There are 28 medical schools in the UK that require you to sit the UCAT, differing on how they use your scores. For example:

  • Some have a minimum threshold for the overall score.
  • Some use the overall score to invite applicants to interview (as a sole criterion or alongside other criteria such as academic performance).
  • Some exclude applicants with low SJT scores.

It is vital that you know exactly how each medical school uses the UCAT to select its applicants before you submit your UCAS application. Refer to our blog article ‘Medical Schools and Their UCAT Requirements’, which has been updated for the 2021 admissions cycle.

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If Your UCAT Scores Are Disappointing...

If you think you may not make the minimum overall UCAT score threshold or be placed in Band 4 for the SJT, do not give up hope just yet. There are plenty of options if you are still keen on pursuing a career in medicine, including:

  • Medical schools that require the BMAT instead of the UCAT
  • Taking a gap year and sitting the UCAT again
  • Studying medicine abroad (Eastern Europe, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand)
  • Graduate entry route to medicine

Read more about the alternative pathways in Where Can I Apply With A Low UCAT Score?

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