All dental schools use an admissions test as part of their entry requirements.* There are two admissions tests. Dental schools each state on their websites which test they use. You might sit different combinations of these tests according to the dental schools you intend to include in your application. You can only sit each of the admission tests once in each application cycle. Results are automatically delivered to the schools you have applied for.
*Please note that the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) dental school does not use these tests and instead runs its own entrance exam as part of its selection procedure.
The majority of dental schools use the University Clinical Aptitude Test or UCAT (formerly UKCAT). It is a computer-based test. You can find a full list of dental schools which use the UCAT on the UCAT website.
What it tests: Generic skills in problem solving and critical thinking, Scientific Knowledge and Application
Key dates (2021):
- 2 June – 22 September – registration period
- 28 June – test booking opens
- 26 July – 29 September – testing period
- Early November – Results sent to universities
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: £75. Bursaries are available to cover this cost for candidates from low income households.
Location: Applicants can book to sit the UCAT either at a local Pearson Vue Test Centre or remotely at home. See the UCAT website for more detail.
BMAT will no longer be used as of 2024.
How to prepare
Dental schools do not recommend or require applicants to invest in external paid courses or resources. You should use the practice materials available on the admission centre websites to help you prepare.
Bursaries for admissions tests
Both the UCAT and BMAT offer bursaries to cover test fees for applicants. This takes the form of a bursary voucher before the assessment or reimbursement. You will need to meet specific criteria to be eligible for these bursaries, see the links below.