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UKCAT results ‘flawed’

19th December 2007

A test which is sat by all students considering studying dentistry or medicine could be ignored by institutions following the revelation that there were problems within the abstract reasoning section of the paper.

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is a requirement for entrance to Britain’s top dental schools but the exams company has had to send applicants a letter explaining that part of the assessment has been discarded.

Examiners ruled that too many of the 20,000 pupils taking the exam scored highly and has issued revised scores.

However, some pupils whose scores have been downgraded as a result of the mix-up claim they applied to universities which are now “out of their league”.

Nicola Fardell, a candidate from Brighton, told the newspaper she could no longer apply to two of her four choices.

She queried: “They say this test shows how rounded you are as a person. How can they know that when a quarter of the result is removed?”

The UKCAT is run by a consortium of 26 British universities alongside exams company Pearson VUE.

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