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Admissions Tests

Admissions Tests

Some medical schools require you to sit an entry exam, particularly for graduate entry, so you should investigate this before applying. Find out more about admissions tests below.


About admissions tests

You usually need to register and complete the exam by a specific date. Check with the university you want to apply to which admissions test they use, which is likely to be one of the following:

Revising for admissions tests

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 on their preparation advice and practice tests page.

UCAT research shows that students who do the best have carried out at least 30 hours practice on the free papers available on their website.

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

GradMed also offers preparatory courses for medical admissions tests. You can buy books or even go on courses to practice, but some medical schools feel the courses aren’t really worth the money.

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

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.

See our GAMSAT bursary award for more information on our available funding and criteria. 

UCAT scores and shortlisting

UCAT scores and shortlisting 

Newcastle University never reveals the UCAT threshold. The threshold changes every year, as the performance of the applying cohort as a whole changes every year.

Also, while the UCAT score is the main criteria used to shortlist for interview, it is not the only criteria. Other factors are taken into account.

The UCAT website states that the UCAT is not negatively marked.

GAMSAT Bursary Award

Our GAMSAT bursary offers financial assistance to those applying to 4 year graduate entry medicine programmes at medical schools requiring the GAMSAT aptitude test.

If you have any questions regarding the information above, or the bursary, please contact us at: gamsatbursary@newcastle.ac.uk.

We aim to respond within 3 working days.