Final UCAT ANZ 2022 Test Statistics and Percentile Calculator Released!
6 months ago by Chris
The UCAT ANZ 2022 percentile calculator and final statistics have been released, which will help students to interpret their UCAT 2022 scores.
The UCAT consortium has developed a UCAT score to percentile calculator that will help you to convert your 2022 UCAT scaled scores into an estimated percentile ranking. You can find it here: https://www.ucat.edu.au/results/test-statistics/
The UCAT 2022 summary statistics data is available at: https://www.ucat.edu.au/media/1513/summary-statistics-for-2022.pdf
What data is shown?
The UCAT ANZ 2022 test statistics displays the following data:
- the mean scores for each UCAT subtest
- the mean overall UCAT cognitive score
- the UCAT scores required to achieve a particular decile for each UCAT subtest
- how overall UCAT cognitive scores translate to percentiles
- UCAT candidate performance expressed in quartiles
The data is based on the scores of the majority of UCAT candidates (approximately 14,000 students) who have sat UCAT in the 2022 testing cycle.
What does the data mean?
If, for example, you achieved a UCAT Abstract Reasoning score of around 650, your score was about average (5th decile) compared to other candidates sitting UCAT ANZ 2022. On the other hand, if you achieved a UCAT Decision Making score of around 750, you will have achieved the 9th decile – that is, you will have been in the top 10% of candidates for this UCAT subtest.
In general, in order to obtain an interview offer for a standard, non-rural place in medicine, you will need to achieve an overall cognitive UCAT score in the 9th decile (that is, you will need to be in the top 10% of students sitting UCAT). This year, this equates to an overall UCAT cognitive score of 2980+. This represents an increase from 2021, where an overall UCAT score of 2960 will have placed you in the 9th decile.
How can I calculate my UCAT percentile?
You can find a UCAT percentile calculator on the UCAT ANZ website. Enter your overall cognitive subtest score (sum of your UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning scores) to find out your percentile.
What interpretations can be made from the UCAT 2022 test statistics?
This UCAT data shows that:
- Students who achieved an overall scaled score of 2980 were in the 90th percentile, which is generally required for entry into standard undergraduate medical degrees (UCAT scores required are generally lower for rural students, local students, bonded students, some dentistry courses and those with very high ATARs)
- The UCAT total cognitive scaled score required to be in the 90th percentile has been gradually increasing:
- In 2019, you needed 2850 to achieve 90th percentile
- In 2020, you needed 2920 to achieve 90th percentile
- In 2021, you needed 2960 to achieve 90th percentile
- In 2022, you needed 2980 to achieve 90th percentile
This is because medicine is getting more competitive every year, and also reflects the greater preparation by the cohort of UCAT students each year.
- Median scores have not changed as much over the past four years (2470, 2520, 2520, 2530). This implies that it is getting more competitive at the top end of UCAT scores: this is where the action happens (that is, interview offers are made to this cohort of students)
- The 90th percentile score for UCAT Situational Judgement has fallen marginally (between 2021 and 2022). This implies that students are not spending as much time preparing for UCAT Situational Judgement, since some universities do not consider it in selection
- Compared to 2021, the 90th percentile UCAT scores has increased for UCAT Decision Making (740 vs 750), UCAT Quantitative Reasoning (800 vs 810), and UCAT Abstract Reasoning (800 vs 830). It has remained the same for UCAT Verbal Reasoning. This is likely to be the result of students' relative effort put into each of these UCAT subtests during their preparation.
- The mean (average) UCAT ANZ 2022 scaled score (total of the cognitive subtests) was 2543
- The mean UCAT Situational Judgement score was 568 and a score of about 663 equated to the 90th percentile.
What score do I need to get into medicine?
The UCAT score required for entry into medicine depends on a number of factors, including the university and course to which you are applying, whether you are a rural applicant and whether you are a local applicant (for example for the University of Western Sydney).
In general, for standard, non-rural applicants to medical courses in Australia, you will need to be in the top 10% of students sitting UCAT to obtain an interview offer. At some universities, offers for medicine are made for students who perform outstandingly well in their ATAR.
Note that James Cook University and Bond University do not require you to sit UCAT for entry into medicine.
Rural students require significantly lower UCAT scores to obtain entry into medicine.
What should I do now?
For information about what to do now based on your UCAT score, please see our blog. If you are likely to receive an interview offer based on your UCAT score, you should start preparing for interviews.