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UCAT and dental student selection in the UK - what has changed?

Greatrix, Rachel and McAndrew, Robert 2022. UCAT and dental student selection in the UK - what has changed? British Dental Journal 232 , pp. 333-338. 10.1038/s41415-022-4011-6

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Introduction The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) has been used since 2006 by a consortium of UK medical and dental schools to assist in undergraduate selection. In 2019, UCAT was used by 30 universities (14 dental schools). Aim To report how UCAT use has changed in undergraduate student selection in the UK. Methods UCAT use was categorised and trends identified from annual telephone interviews with dental school admission tutors; this process started in 2011. Results Dental schools using UCAT rose from 8 (2006) to 14 (2020). The most significant use of the test to select applicants for interview was as a weighted factor; at offer stage, UCAT was most used to discriminate between applicants at borderlines. A growing number of dental schools are using the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) in selection (2019, n = 6). In 2019, eight schools adjusted selection processes for widening access applicants. Multiple mini interviews are now used by the majority (n = 10) of dental schools. Conclusions UCAT represents a significant factor in selection to UK undergraduate dental programmes and is used by all but two dental schools. In most schools, UCAT contributes in a substantial way to selection outcomes and strength in test use has grown over time.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: British Dental Association
ISSN: 0007-0610
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 April 2022
Date of Acceptance: 11 June 2021
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 00:25

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