How Long is the UCAT?

The UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test), previously known as the UKCAT, is two hours altogether. It is split into five separately timed sections. There are four sections that examine cognitive skills (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning) and a fifth section that examines Situational Judgement. These sections are, respectively, 21 minutes, 31 minutes, 25 minutes, 12 minutes, and 26 minutes. There are 225 questions to answer across all sections, all of which are multiple-choice. UCAT candidates can request access arrangements if they have documented special requirements. There are various extended versions of the test that permit additional answering time and additional rest breaks if required.

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