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, and you can find information on these here. 

The UCAS website indicates which universities are using individual tests but you should check the websites of any institutions to which you are applying to find out which test is required. 

Business schools

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) used for postgraduate study in the USA:

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

  • Educational Testing Service Access to practice questions for GRE, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • 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. (Please note, to access full information about testing sites and registration deadlines you will need to register on the Fulbright site)
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Gives description and background information on the GRE General Test (verbal, quantitative and analytical), Subject tests and the Written Assessment test available worldwide
  • Test Prep Center giving information about TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, TSE and TOEIC tests. Includes sample questions
  • Kaplan Overview and structure of the GRE, information on preparation, 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
  • 'Maths basics, FAQ, Tips & Tricks' and more
  • Kaplan GMAT preparation for MBA applicants and free practice tests
  • - official GMAC 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 to help you prepare for the Computer-Adaptive GMAT® exam
  • How to pass the GMAT, Mike Bryon, 2007 edition, Kogan Page, is held in the Placement & Careers Centre Reference Library. 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.

Medicine and dentistry

If you would like to check which test is being used by a particular medical school you can look at:

  • The UCAS website indicates which universities are using individual tests but you should check the websites of any institutions to which you are applying to find out which test is required
  • NMM | Forum New Media | Medicine Forum for applicants to medical school and medical students to help them prepare for medical exams such as the UKCAT, GAMSAT and MRCP

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is taken by undergraduate applicants to certain medicine and related courses at Imperial College London, Oxford University Medical School, Swansea University and University College London.

  • Passing the UK Clinical Aptitude Test and BMAT, Felicity Taylor, Rosalie Hutton, Glen Hutton, 3rd (2008) edition, Learning Matters, is held in the Placement & Careers Centre Reference Library. It contains information on applications for medical school, required reading, personal statements, exams and interviews, and test preparation

Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)

A few Medicine and Dentistry courses use the GAMSAT UK test.

  • Register and find more information on the GAMSAT UK website. Registrations generally open in June and close in August for entry in the next academic year
  • The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Developers of GAMSAT
  • GRADMED Administer preparatory courses for those taking GAMSAT. The site includes information on GAMSAT in the UK - What is GAMSAT?; Why GAMSAT?; Test Structure; and Keys to Success, and offers online GAMSAT style tests with answers

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

This is used by a consortium of 26 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 UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and BMAT (Student Guides to University Entrance) (Paperback) by Felicity Walker-Buckton, Glenn Hutton, Rosalie Hutton is available in the Placement & Careers Centre reference library, and is particularly useful because it analyses questions asked in the UKCAT and explains why answers are right or wrong

For general queries the following forums are useful:

  • New Media Medicine Online resources for medical students and doctors that gives medical exam links, offers a discussion forum and medical blogs (moderated by med school students) including those kept by applicants to medical school

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 Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) have three books in their Reference Library that should 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 01 December 2014