Required Entrance Exams

Completion of either the UKCAT or MCAT is required for admission to AUC

Performance on the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and/or the US Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is an important component of an applicant’s candidate profile. While these exams are constructed differently, success on each has been shown to indicate future medical school performance.

On this page, you'll find information about each test, including how to take the MCAT in the United Kingdom, breakdowns of test sections, test dates, and other pertinent information.

If you have specific questions, please contact Jennifer Stovall, Associate Director of Admissions, at

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Detailed Information for the UKCAT and MCAT Exams


UKCAT (Pilot Program)


The UKCAT is a standardized, multiple choice exam that tests cognitive abilities, aptitude, and attitudes. Unlike the MCAT, this exam it is not focused on scientific knowledge.
Test takers have up to two (2) hours to complete 233 questions. 

The MCAT is a standardized, multiple choice exam that tests knowledge of basic science concepts, problem-solving, critical thinking, and writing.
Test takers have 7.5 hours to complete 230 questions. 




The UKCAT consists of five (5) sections, including:

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Decision Making*

  • Quantitative Reasoning

  • Abstract Reasoning

  • Situational Judgement

A detailed breakdown of each section is available here.

The MCAT consists of four (4) sections, including:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

A detailed breakdown of each section is available here.




UKCAT tests are available at various Pearson Vue centers in the UK. To find a center near you, use the Pearson Test Center locator here.  

UK residents can take the MCAT at:
Prometric, 2nd Floor
9 Cloak Lane
London, UK EC4R 2RU




  • Testing begins: July 1, 2016

  • Last test date: October 5, 2016

  • Thursday, September 1, 2016

  • Friday, September 9, 2016

  • Saturday, September 10, 2016




For official resources from the UKCAT Consortium, including a candidate preparation toolkit, plans, video testimonials, and practice questions, please visit the “Preparing for the Test” page on the UKCAT website.

For official resources from the AAMC, including interactive tools, videos, test preparation resources, please visit the "Taking the MCAT® Exam" page on the AAMC website.

Note on the UKCAT: If you need to request a replacement UKCAT score report, you'll need to complete this form. Please note that there is a £25 charge for replacement reports.

* A new Decision Making subtest is being piloted in the UKCAT.  In 2016, test takers will not get a score for Decision Making and AUC will assess candidates based on the remaining four subtests.