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UCAT Percentile Calculator (Online Tool)

UCAT Percentile Calculator (Online Tool)

Updated on: December 3, 2023
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Written By Dr Ollie

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This UCAT percentile calculator will give you an estimated percentile for any overall UCAT score.

Your UCAT percentile essentially tells you how well you did compared to everyone else who sat the exam.

It’s incredibly important for how a university views your UCAT score as it can determine whether or not they choose to interview you or even give you an offer.

UCAT Percentile Calculator

This UCAT percentile calculator uses your overall UCAT score. So that’s the four section scores (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, and Abstract Reasoning) added together.

This is your overall scaled score, out of 3600, which is different from the raw marks you might get from a practice test.

If you’re not sure how to find this, check out my UCAT score calculator here.

Your percentile means, on average, you'd likely score better than X% of candidates.

So if you're in the 50th percentile, you'd score better than 50% of candidates, or if you're in the 99th percentile, you'd score better than 99% of people who sit the UCAT.

How To Find Your UCAT Percentile

The easiest way to find your UCAT percentile is to enter your total UCAT score into the calculator above.

I designed the calculator to give you an estimated percentile using average data from the last 5 years.

It's not specific to any one particular year, but rather will give you an estimate of where a specified overall score would have placed you compared to the average performance of candidates in the recent past.

If you want to see where a score would have placed you in a specific year, you can find percentile data on the official UCAT test statistics page.

There's actually only relatively minor variation from year to year, so with a set score you can be reasonably certain which percentile range you'll be in after the actual exam.

It is however important to note that looking at past data and using the calculator above can give you an idea of which percentile you may end up in, but the only way to know for sure is after everyone has sat the UCAT and the UCAT Consortium releases the official test statistics.

You can get a 'best guess' of how you'll compare to other students, but the only way to know for sure is for everyone to do the UCAT.

How UCAT Percentiles Are Calculated

UCAT percentiles can only actually be calculated after everyone has sat the exam for that particular year.

Let's say one year 40,000 people sat the UCAT.

Everyone's scores are then lined up in order from best to worst, with the best at the top of the list and the worst at the bottom.

You've now got 40,000 different scores in order.

If you then wanted to determine what percentile a score of say 3000 was, you'd go up the list, from bottom to top, until you found someone who'd got a total score of 3000.

A score of 3000 is pretty high so would likely be near the top of the list.

Once you found the score of 3000 in the ordered list, you'd count how many up from the bottom of the list you were.

Out of the 40,000 scores, you may have had to count up 36,800 scores until you got up to an overall score of 3000.

You then take this 36,800 and calculate what percentage of the original 40,000 this is.

So (36,800 Γ· 40,000) x 100 = 92

So a score of 3000 would have put you in the 92nd percentile, meaning that score was a better than what 92% of other candidates achieved.

To find out how the UCAT itself is scored, check out this article.

Why Your UCAT Percentile Is Important

Your UCAT percentile is important because it puts your score into perspective against the backdrop of everyone else who took the test that year.

You may get a particularly high UCAT score when you come to take the exam, but if everyone that year gets a particularly high UCAT score then it becomes less impressive and more likely that the test questions were just a bit easier than normal.

Because of this, many universities actually use your UCAT percentile, or indeed calculate their own percentile ranges, to decide which medicine applicants to interview or give offers to.

Your UCAT percentile shows how you stack up against your direct competition.

Some medical schools may calculate their own percentiles in much the same way as the UCAT Consortium does, but instead of using every test taker they only consider applicants to their medical school.

So they'll list everyone who applied to the medical school in order of their overall UCAT score and then divide the list into deciles or indeed percentiles.

A medical school then may choose only to interview candidates from the top 50 percentiles, or whatever they might choose.

For example, the University of Aberdeen ranks all their applicants by UCAT score and then depending on where in these percentile ranges you fall, you’re allocated anywhere from 3-60 points in their selection process.

Final Thoughts

Calculating your percentile can be a good way to see how a particular UCAT score actually translates to how others perform in similar situations.

A score of 2800 out of 3600 doesn't necessarily mean a huge amount, but doing better than 86% of other candidates is a lot more tangible.

Use the UCAT percentile calculator to see how you're progressing against the average as you revise, but just be aware that it isn't perfect and you'll only truly know how you did after the exam.

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.