UCAT 2021 - Registration now open

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Do you have students within your school / college who may be thinking of applying to study medicine or dentistry?

Most UK universities require applicants to sit an admissions test in addition to their other entry requirements. The UCAT is required by the majority of UK universities and must be sat in the summer of 2021 by students who want to apply to member universities for entry in 2022.

Please forward this email to those students who need to be aware of this vital part of the university application process.

What is the UCAT?

The UCAT is a mandatory admissions test for the majority of UK medical and dental schools. It is used within the admissions process to help select the most suitable applicants for these challenging courses.

Students sit the test during the summer before they submit their UCAS application in October.

Which Universities require the UCAT?

31 UK universities now require applicants to sit the UCAT as part of their mandatory admissions process - a full list can be found on our website.
UCAT scores are then considered alongside academic grades and other relevant entry requirements.
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Key Dates for 2021

Registration opens 2 June 2021, from this date candidates can create a UCAT web account and book their test. Testing takes place between 26 July - 29 September 2021. We strongly encourage candidates to sit the test at their earliest convenience.

Where can students sit the test?

The test is sat at a Pearson VUE test centre (similar to where students would sit their driving theory test).  

The easiest way for them to check their nearest test centre and available test slots is by following the steps to book a test through their UCAT account once booking opens on 28 June 2021.

What do students need to do now?

Don't worry if this is the first you've heard of the UCAT, there's still plenty of time for students to register and sit the test this summer before applying to university to study Medicine or Dentistry.

Please encourage them to visit the UCAT website now for full information about the 2021 UCAT.
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