Admissions tests for medical school

This page outlines the different tests used by medical schools to help them select the most suitable candidates. The test you take will depend on the medical school you apply for. Use the links to find out more about each test.

Many students get the A level grades or equivalent qualifications required for medical school, so admissions tests are another way to help select candidates with the most potential.

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Most medical schools expect you to take either the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT), the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT), but check entry requirements on our coursefinder tool, in prospectuses or through the UCAS website.

Rather than testing your knowledge, most admissions tests mainly focus on assessing whether you have the range of mental abilities and behavioural attributes considered important for a career in medicine.

Practise, practise, practise

It’s important to practise a few tests so that you are familiar with their format, question style and requirements. Practice courses are available and there are various books with sample tests, including:

Look at the websites given for the relevant test to find out:

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