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How Much Does The UCAT Cost? (Exam Fees Explained)

How Much Does The UCAT Cost? (Exam Fees Explained)

Updated on: December 3, 2023
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Written By Dr Ollie

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When considering applying to medical or dental school, one of the first questions you may have is how much does the UCAT cost?

The UCAT costs £70 for tests taken in the UK and £115 for tests taken outside of the UK. The test fee is payable at the time of booking and is the same regardless of test date. Candidates in financial need are able to apply for the UCAT’s bursary scheme in order to pay for their test.

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a mandatory exam for many medical and dental programmes in the UK and internationally.

Knowing the cost of the exam is naturally important for planning and budgeting purposes.

In this article, I’m going to look at what fees you might incur when sitting the UCAT as well as some costs that go along with the exam that you may not have thought of.

The Cost Of The UCAT

If you’re going to take the UCAT in order to apply to medical or dental school, you will have to pay the exam fee.

  • If you’re taking the UCAT in the UK, the test fee is £70. This fee is the same regardless of when you take the test
  • If you are taking the test outside the UK, the fee is £115
  • The fees for the UCAT ANZ are slightly different but I’ll cover them later on in the article
Paying for the UCAT

Cancelling Your Test

If you decide that you no longer want to take the UCAT for whatever reason, you can cancel your test and get a refund.

However, in order to get your money back you have to give at least 24 hours notice before your test slot.

You can cancel your test online, via the UCAT online portal, but can’t do it via email.

You’ll normally get your money back within 5 days, but this exact period will depend on your payment method and card issuer.

Rescheduling Your Test

If you decide you want to reschedule your test, if you don’t feel prepared enough, for example, you can change your test date without incurring any extra fees.

However, again, to do this you have to give at least 24 hours notice.

If you miss this 24-hour deadline then you’ll have to pay the full cost of the exam again.

Rescheduling can also be done via your online UCAT account and you can use it to change either the date, time or even test centre for your exam.

Missing Your Test

If you completely miss your test, for whatever reason, the UCAT Consortium are pretty clear: you’ll have to pay the full test fee again.

This even applies in cases of:

  • Illness
  • Family emergencies
  • Unforeseeable transport issues
  • IT or technical issues

You may book another appointment (subject to availability) but the standard test fee will be charged again.

Financial Assistance Options

If you are worried about the cost of the UCAT, there are financial assistance options available to you.

In this section, I’ll discuss the two main types of financial assistance: bursaries and scholarships.

Bursaries

If you are in financial need, you can apply for a bursary to cover the cost of the UCAT exam fee.

The bursary scheme is available for UK students who meet the eligibility criteria.

The application deadline for the bursary scheme is usually in the summer before the testing period, but be sure to check the UCAT website for the exact date.

To apply for the bursary, you will need to provide evidence of your financial circumstances, such as evidence of household income or receipt of benefits. If your application is successful, you will receive a voucher code that you can use to book your UCAT test.

Scholarships

Some universities and organisations offer scholarships to cover the cost of the UCAT exam fee.

These scholarships are usually awarded based on academic merit or financial need, and the application process varies depending on the scholarship.

It is worth researching the scholarships available to you and checking the eligibility criteria and application deadlines.

Some scholarships may require you to submit an essay or attend an interview, so make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare your application.

UCAT Preparation Costs

Preparing for the UCAT exam can involve different costs depending on the method you choose. Here are some of the common ways of preparing for the exam and the associated costs.

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Self-Study

Self-study is the most affordable way to prepare for the UCAT exam.

With this method, you can use various resources such as books, practice tests, and online materials to prepare for the exam.

The cost of self-study varies depending on the resources you choose. Here are some of the typical costs associated with self-study:

  • UCAT practice books: £15-£30
  • UCAT question banks: £30-£100

Tutoring

Tutoring is a more expensive but personalised way of preparing for the UCAT exam.

With this method, you work with a tutor who provides you with one-on-one coaching, feedback, and guidance to help you improve your UCAT skills.

The cost of tutoring varies depending on the tutor’s experience, qualifications, and location. Here are some of the typical costs associated with tutoring:

  • In-person tutoring: £50-£150 per hour
  • Online tutoring: £30-£100 per hour

Online Courses

Online courses are a convenient and flexible way of preparing for the UCAT exam.

With this method, you can access various resources such as video lessons, practice tests, and question banks from the comfort of your home.

The cost of online courses varies depending on the provider, the duration of the course, and the resources included. Here are some of the typical costs associated with online courses:

  • Basic online courses: £50-£100
  • Comprehensive online courses: £150-£300

Additional Costs

In addition to the registration fee, there may be other costs associated with taking the UCAT exam. Here are some additional costs to consider:

Travel Expenses

If you live far away from the test centre, you may need to incur travel expenses to get there.

This could include the cost of public transportation or fuel if you are driving. You may also need to pay for parking if the test centre does not have free parking available.

Accommodation

If you need to travel a significant distance to get to the test centre, you may need to stay overnight in a hotel or other accommodation.

This can add to the cost of taking the exam, especially if you need to stay for multiple nights.

UCAT ANZ Cost

The UCAT ANZ is the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand, and is used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes.

The cost of the UCAT ANZ exam varies depending on when and where you sit the exam as well as whether you qualify for concession fees. The following table shows the cost of the UCAT ANZ exam:

UCAT CostsCost (in Australian Dollars)
Tests taken in Australia or New Zealand$325
Concession Fee (Australia only)$199
Tests taken overseas/outside Australia and New Zealand$395
Late feeAdditional $85
Final late feeAdditional $185
Refund fee$50 of the test fee deducted

It’s important to note that concession fees are available for students who are in financial need. To qualify for concession fees, you will need to apply for the concession scheme.

Full details of the concession scheme can be found on the UCAT ANZ website.

Final Thoughts

While the cost of the UCAT exam may seem daunting, it’s important to remember that this is an investment in your future.

By performing well on the UCAT, you increase your chances of being accepted into medical school and ultimately achieving your goal of becoming a doctor or dentist.

As a junior doctor who absolutely loves his job, I can assure you that the cost of the UCAT is a small price to pay for the huge potential benefits it can bring.

About the author
After studying medicine at the University of Leicester, Dr Ollie now works as a junior doctor in London. His interests include medical education and expedition medicine, as well as having a strong belief in the importance of widening access to medicine.