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What about school grades?

What about school grades?

Students applying to the UK for a course in medicine or dentistry would have studied different syllabi, be it the Singapore-Cambridge GCSE A-Levels, IB Diploma, Indian CBSE Exams, UK GCE A-Levels, or US high-school system. It becomes hard for universities to be able to compare scores of students from various curricula as the material and the depth of the content tested varies across the programmes. As a result, universities require a more level platform to be able to differentiate students from diverse academic backgrounds.

Standardized tests like the UKCAT or the BMAT are what provide colleges with a more justifiable and fair selection procedure for applications of prospective students. The tests allow selection between similar students from a large number of highly talented applicants, as well as make the application process more transparent. Not only that, but the test material of both the tests are based heavily on abilities, attitudes, and professional behaviours expected and required for a successful clinical career, making the test a measure of standard competency for comparison purposes along with your school grades.

Different universities give a different percentage weightage to the tests. However, it is important to note that good UKCAT or BMAT scores cannot replace your high school or JC grades (IB, CBSE, A-Levels, AP), but they can (to some extent) make up for any slight shortcomings in your school grades, as well as give you an edge over other applicants if your school grades are mediocre or higher. You can find a useful list of GPAs and UKCAT/BMAT scores of all major universities in our What is a “good” score section.

Any student planning to pursue medicine or dentistry in the UK at the undergraduate level requires to take either the UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) or the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test)


– two standardized tests that all medical schools require as an admissions test. Although more schools use the UKCAT for admissions than the BMAT, many candidates take both the tests in order to maximize their choice from a larger university pool (no one test can substitute the other). To sum up, all UK universities and colleges:

- Require the UKCAT OR BMAT to be taken by students applying into medicine or dentistry courses.- Have a specific preference


– some colleges use the UKCAT for applications, others use the BMAT- Do not substitute the BMAT for the UKCAT or vice versa.- Allow you to take both the exams only once in an admissions cycle, with the results from each exam being valid for only the admissions cycle in which the exam was taken, or for one or more than one year (for students applying as deferred entries).

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