Admission tests for medical and dental degrees

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In Scotland, admission tests are used by some universities as part of the application process for medical and dentistry degrees. The information that follows outlines what these tests are and where you can find more details.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

This test is used by universities to assist with choosing applicants for medical and dentistry programmes. It doesn't test academic ability but rather the other aptitudes required for succeeding in these fields of work, such as mental ability, attitude and professionalism. It is also intended to promote greater fairness in the selection process, such as widening the participation of under-represented social groups within these professions.

Testing Location

For testing in 2023 you will have the choice of either going to a Pearson VUE Test Centre or taking the test at home using UCAT online.

Test format 

The different components of the test are:

Important dates 

You need to check with the universities you have applied to whether you are required to sit the UCAT. If you do then you need to make sure that you are aware of all the important dates and information. For those sitting the test in 2022 for course entry in 2023, the following dates have been published:

The fee for the 2022 test is £70 if taken in the UK/EU and £115 if taken outside the EU.


Once you have sat the test you are given a copy of the result to take away with you from the test centre. This is just for your information and you do not need to send it to your chosen universities. Once the UCAS application deadline passes, UCAT liaise with UCAS and your chosen universities and pass the test result to them in the first week of November. 

More Information 

The UCAT website has more detailed information, including what to do if you:

Scottish Graduate Entry Medical Programme (ScotGEM)

This course is offered by the University of Dundee and University of St Andrews and has different admissions tests than other medical degree programmes. Application process includes:


The purpose of GAMSAT is to assess the ability to understand and analyse written and graphically presented material. It also measures the ability to reason, make logical conclusions and form judgements.

The test takes place over a full day. It is split into 3 sections and consists of 5.25 hours testing time, 21 minutes of reading time and 1 hour of break time. Section 1 is reasoning in humanities, section 2 is written communication and section 3 is reasoning in biological and physical sciences.

The test is offered twice a year, in March and September. The fee is £268.

You receive an email when your results are ready and these are sent directly to your universities of choice.

For detailed information, see the GAMSAT website.

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