What is a Good UCAT ANZ Score?

What is a Good UCAT ANZ Score?

11 months ago by Robert

Students who sit UCAT ANZ receive their UCAT Score Report on the same day, often within an hour of sitting the test. Students will be notified via email once their UCAT Score Report is available. The format of UCAT scores can be confusing. This blog answers some common questions about UCAT ANZ scores.


How are UCAT ANZ scores calculated?

UCAT ANZ scores are calculated by converting the number of questions you got right into a ‘scaled score’. Scaled scores range from 300-900 in each subtest. Pearson VUE do not publicly release details of how they calculate scaled scores, but they use statistical tools involving IRT (Item Response Theory). For more information, check out our blogs on UCAT scoring: part 1 and part 2.

Your scores in each of the four cognitive subtests (UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning) are added together to form an overall UCAT cognitive subtest score, which ranges from 1200 to 3600. Students also receive a separate score for UCAT Situational Judgement, ranging from 300-900.


What is a good UCAT ANZ score?

Ultimately, UCAT scores are a comparison of your own performance against others sitting UCAT. This means that achieving a ‘good score’ means performing well in UCAT compared to others. Statistics on how this year’s UCAT ANZ cohort performed will be available at the end of the UCAT testing cycle.

Test statistics are available from Pearson VUE for UCAT which took place in 2020.

These statistics showed that the approximate mean scaled score varied somewhat depending on subtest:


Subtest Approx. UCAT Mean Score
UCAT Verbal Reasoning 577
UCAT Decision Making 635
UCAT Quantitative Reasoning 671
UCAT Abstract Reasoning 644
UCAT Situational Judgement 592



The following chart shows how each percentile converted to overall cognitive scaled scores in UCAT:


Percentile Approximate UCAT cognitive scaled score
90th+ 2920+
80th 2780
70th 2680
60th 2590
50th 2520
40th 2440
30th 2370
20th 2280
10th 2150


Therefore, to be in the top 10% of students sitting UCAT in the past, you would need to have achieved an overall cognitive scaled score of over 2800.

Note that there may be differences between Australian / New Zealand students who sat UCAT previous years and this year, and therefore the above table cannot be applied accurately to this year’s UCAT ANZ cohort of students. UCAT ANZ 2021 test statistics will be published at the end of the UCAT testing cycle.


What UCAT ANZ score do I need to get into medicine?

In general, for standard applicants to medical courses in Australia, students need to be in the top 10% of those sitting UCAT. In Auckland UCAT is weighted at 15% of your overall score (approx worth one paper). At Otago, a minimum threshold must be reached for each subtest. Hence identifying and working on your weakest section is critical. MedEntry's Online Learning Platform uses artificial intelligence to target your weakest areas.

You should aim to get an overall percentile rank of 80+ in the UCAT to have a high probability of getting into one of the medical schools. The precise score required depends on your GPA, interview performance (at Auckland), your entry category (lower for Maori/Pacifica, rural and low decile school students).


Where can I get more information?

You can find UCAT ANZ test statistics at:


Last year's (2020) UCAT test statistics are available at:

ANZ - https://www.ucat.edu.au/media/1373/summary-statistics-for-2020.pdf

UK -https://www.ucat.ac.uk/media/1446/ucat-test-statistics-oct-2020-updated-281020.pdf

You can also find more information here: https://www.medentry.co.nz/ucat/entry/how-will-medical-schools-use-ucat



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