Academic admissions tests

When you are applying for some postgraduate courses, eg medicine, dentistry, and business, you may be required to take an admissions test in addition to your standard academic qualifications. You should check the websites of any institutions to which you are applying to find out which test is required. 

Business schools

GRE Revised General Test used for postgraduate study in the USA:

GRE London Test Centre (Test centre number: 8021/8101) is located at: Prometric, 2nd Floor, Pellipar House, 9 Cloak Lane, London, EC4R 2RU; Tel: 0207 248 7311.

  • Educational Testing Service (ETS) Full information about the GRE: search for a test centre and book a test, how to prepare, about the test
  • Fulbright Commission US Educational Advisory Service Standardised test information for postgraduate study in the US. You will need to take these tests 10-12 months before you start your course to ensure that your scores reach the universities before their application deadlines
  • InternationalStudent.com Test Prep Center giving information about the GRE and other academic admissions tests
  • Kaplan Overview and structure of the GRE, practice test, preparatory information and courses run by Kaplan
  • PowerScore Gives a comparison of the GRE versus the GMAT

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) used for postgraduate study in the USA and international business schools:

  • Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) GMAT basics
  • GMAT Tutor 'Maths basics, FAQ, Tips & Tricks' and more
  • Kaplan GMAT preparation for MBA applicants and free practice tests
  • Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Official site where you can register to take the GMAT test - explains the format and content of the test, with tips on preparation, what to expect on the day of the test, etc. GMATPrep® test-preparation software is available free to registered users of mba.com to help you prepare for the Computer-Adaptive GMAT® exam

These titles are held in the Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) Reference Library:

  • The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2015, 2014 edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • How to pass the GMAT, Mike Bryon, 2007 edition, Kogan Page. It contains practice questions with answers and explanations; some full-length timed tests; and mini-tests that can be used for quick practice

Law - Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)

You will need to pass the BCAT which will test your critical thinking and reasoning before an offer of a place on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a barrister can be confirmed. You will not be allowed to enrol on a course until you have passed the Test. 

Medicine and dentistry

You can check which test is being used by a particular medical school on the UCAS website but you should look at the websites of any institutions to which you are applying to find out which test is required.

For general queries look at New Media Medicine A discussion and networking forum for applicants and medical students to help them prepare for entrance exams such as UKCAT and GAMSAT.

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

The BMAT is taken by applicants to some Medicine (primarily undergraduate) and Dentistry courses at specific universities.

  • Passing the UKCAT & BMAT, Rosalie Hutton, Glen Hutton and Felicity Taylor, 8th (2013) edition, Sage Publications Ltd, is held in the Placement & Careers Centre Reference Library. It contains advice, guidance and questions for revision and practice

Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)

GAMSAT assesses students participation into graduate-entry programmes.

  • Register and find more information on the GAMSAT UK website. Remember to check the registration timeline as there is only a short registration period
  • GRADMED Administer preparatory courses for those taking GAMSAT. The site includes information on GAMSAT in the UK, practice test, useful links, FAQ and a student diary/blog

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

This is used in the selection process by a consortium of UK Medical and Dental schools.

  • Registration for UKCAT generally opens in early May and closes in September with the last test date in October. You can find out more information on their website
  • UKCAT also provide some timed practice questions
  • Passing the UKCAT & BMAT, Rosalie Hutton, Glen Hutton and Felicity Taylor, 8th (2013) edition, Sage Publications Ltd, is held in the Placement & Careers Centre Reference Library. It contains advice, guidance and questions for revision and practice  

Teaching - Professional skills tests

If you are applying for teacher training you will need to take and pass numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to provide proof that you have applied for a training course when you take the tests. The tests are held at a Pearson Professional Test Centre.

The PCC Reference Library holds two titles to help you to prepare for taking the skills tests:

  • Passing the Literacy Skills Test (Achieving QTS Series), Jim Johnson and Bruce Bond, Learning Matters (2012), Third Edition
  • Passing the Numeracy Skills Test (Achieving QTS Series), Mark Patmore, Learning Matters Ltd (2013), 5th Revised edition

Page last updated: Monday 02 February 2015