UK STANDARDISED ADMISSIONS TESTS Over recent years a number of tests have been developed to give competitive courses/ competitive universities additional information about you. These tests are not the sole criterion on which your application will be judged as admissions staff will take account of all other aspects of your application too. That said, the better you do in these tests, the greater your chance of receiving an offer. Many of these tests are skills-based and content-free. This means that for most tests there is nothing to revise. This is because the tests, generally, aim to act as levellers, rewarding potential regardless of background. Although there are now nearly a dozen of these tests the three main ones are: BMAT, LNAT and UKCAT. LNAT The LNAT is used for students intending to study LAW. It is used by admissions tutors as an additional piece of information. Practice tests are available on the LNAT website as is a range of other information. There is an LNAT book in the careers library. You should register for this test using the LNAT website and you will have to pay for the test on-line. Bursaries are available. The test is taken at a Pearson test centre. These are the centres that you can take driving theory tests at. If you have studied Critical Thinking AS/A2 you will have dealt with the language of argument. This is very good preparation for the LNAT. BMAT The BMAT is the more established biomedical admissions test, having been used for several years now. If you are applying to Manchester please note that both courses (the 6yr and the 5yr require the UKCAT, not the BMAT. The BMAT requires you to apply GCSE level maths/science knowledge. This does not mean the questions are set at this level – they are much harder. Some universities will use the BMAT as a/the determining factor for calling applicants to interview. Practice tests are available on the BMAT website. There is a BMAT book in the careers library. You need to tell Mr Anderson/Mr Charleton if you want to sit the BMAT. You should do this in early September so that we can process your exam entry. The exam will be taken at school and paid for by school. UKCAT The UKCAT was a new test from 2006. The majority of medical schools and many dental schools now require it. Unlike the BMAT, scientific knowledge is not tested. Practice tests are available on the UKCAT website. There is a UKCAT book Sarah’s office. You will need to go to the website to register and pay for your test. Bursaries are available if you are on income support or receive the top rate of EMA. See the website for further details. The test will be taken at a Pearson test centre. LNAT BMAT UKCAT www.lnat.ac.uk www.bmat.org.uk www.ukcat.ac.uk Required Birmingham, Bristol, Imperial College Medicine by the Durham, Glasgow, London, University Aberdeen, Barts/the following King’s College College London, London*, Brighton and universities London, Leeds, Cambridge, Oxford, Sussex, Queens Nottingham, Oxford, The Royal Veterinary Belfast*, Cardiff*, University College College Dundee*, Durham, East London, Exeter Anglia, Edinburgh, Glasgow*, King’s College London*, Hull- York, Keele, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester*, Newcastle*, Nottingham, Peninsula, Queens University Belfast, St George’s London, Sheffield*, Southampton, St Andrew’s Dentistry Asterisked above When Register – from 1/8/10 Register – 1/7/10 to Register – 1/5/10 to Test – from 1/9/10 30/9/10 25/9/10 Test – on 3/11/10 Test – 6/7/10 to 8/10/10 Test Multiple choice Pen and paper test Multiple choice breakdown computer-based test 1) Aptitude and computer based test 1) Critical reading Skills (60 1) Verbal reasoning and logical minutes 2) Quantitative arguments multi-choice reasoning (80minutes) or short 3) Abstract 2) Essay (40 answer reasoning minutes questions) 4) Decision analysis 2) Scientific 5) Non cognitive knowledge analysis and (less than 2 hours total) applications (30 minutes) 3) Writing task (30 minutes) Cost £40 (bursaries £42.50 (bursaries £60 - £75 (bursaries available) available) available – book early) Venue Pearson test centre School Pearson test centre (driving theory) (driving theory test) A large number of law departments do not require the LNAT. Of the 30 universities that accept school leavers onto medical undergraduate programmes, only four (at the time of writing) will not require students to sit a biomedical admissions test. Medical school BMAT UKCAT Medical school BMAT UKCAT Aberdeen No Yes Liverpool No No Birmingham No No Manchester 5yr & 6yr No Yes Brighton/Sussex No Yes Bristol No No Newcastle No Yes Cambridge Yes No Nottingham No Yes Cardiff No Yes Oxford Yes Yes (grad) Dundee No Yes Peninsula No Yes Durham (apply No Yes Barts/The London No Yes through Newcastle) School of Med/Dent East Anglia No Yes Queens Belfast No Yes Edinburgh No Yes Sheffield No Yes Glasgow No Yes Southampton No Yes Hull-York No Yes St Andrew’s No Yes Imperial College Yes Yes St George’s London No Yes London (grad) Lancaster (apply No No Swansea (Grad) No No through Liverpool) Leeds No Yes University College Yes No London Leicester No Yes King’s London No Yes Keele University No Yes Warwick (Grad) No Yes Dental School UKCAT Dental School UKCAT Barts/the London (Q Mary( Yes Leeds No Birmingham No Liverpool No Bristol No Manchester Yes Cardiff Yes Newcastle Yes Dundee Yes Peninsular ? Glasgow Yes Queens Belfast Yes Kings College, London Yes Sheffield Yes UCLAN (grad) No (Grad) means graduate entry – you need to already have a degree. Action required by you 1. Register for the appropriate test 2. Attempt practice tests – books are available.
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