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Admissions Tests

Admissions Tests

Most UK dental schools require you to sit an admissions test, you should investigate this before applying.

You usually need to register and complete the exam by a specific date. Universities often request that you complete the test within the year of application, check with individual dental schools to find out their requirements.

Admission tests used by dental schools are normally one of the following:

The University of Central Lancashire (graduate entry only) do not consider external admissions tests during any part of the admission process.

For the most up to date information check with each individual dental school which test they use.

Revising for admissions tests

The tests are designed so you can’t really revise for them. It can help to work through some practice tests online, so you know what to expect.

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) website has tips and practice material available in their Candidate Preparation Toolkit. This includes an official guide‌, which has vital information, key dates and more than 100 test items.

Their YouTube channel has advice from past candidates as well as a playlist collecting admissions videos from the majority of their consortium universities.

You can practice general aptitude tests for free on our Recruitment Tests page, which you might find helpful for certain sections of the admissions test.

Bursaries for admissions tests

Check with individual courses, but it is extremely rare for any of them to offer financial support due to the large volume of applicants. The UCAT offers bursaries, but eligibility criteria apply.

UCAT scores and shortlisting

Many universities don’t reveal the UCAT threshold. The thresholds can change every year, as the overall performance of the applying cohort changes each year.

Also, while the UCAT score is often one of main criteria used to shortlist for interview, it is not normally the only criteria. Other factors are taken into account, such personal statement and qualifications. 

The UCAT website states that the UCAT is not negatively marked (where marks are deducted for incorrect answers).