UCAT 2021 Delivery
How can I sit the 2021 UCAT?
The recent Government announcements regarding the roadmap out of lockdown has provided us with greater certainty regarding our plans for 2021 testing.
In 2021 we intend to deliver the UCAT in Pearson VUE test centres throughout the UK and internationally. Our two-hour computer-based test is designed to be delivered in a test centre environment, and we believe this offers the best and most secure experience for our candidates.
Information regarding the 2021 test can now be found on our website. Registration for UCAT 2021 opened on 2 June 2021 and booking opened on 28 June 2021.
Testing opens on 26 July, by which time we are confident that capacity across our test centre network will be sufficient to accommodate all candidates.
We continue to monitor the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic closely, both in the UK and internationally. We have contingency plans to support candidates testing in 2021 should the pandemic continue to impact on test centre availability.
What are the contingency plans for 2021?
We expect the vast majority of candidates to sit their UCAT in a Pearson VUE test centre but if this is not possible, we will be offering an online proctored UCAT, using the OnVUE platform.
The online proctored UCAT is sat at your home or other private location whilst you are monitored by an offsite Proctor via webcam and microphone. This test has exactly the same content and structure as the UCAT delivered in test centres.
It is anticipated that only a very small minority of candidates will qualify to sit the online proctored UCAT because of their circumstances.
How can I check whether I can test at test centre?
The easiest way for you to check test centre availability is by following the steps to schedule a test through your web account.
I can’t find a convenient test centre slot. What should I do?
You are advised to keep checking local test centre availability through your web account, as additional slots are released throughout the test cycle. If you are unable to find a convenient test centre slot, please refer to the information below to see if you qualify to sit the online proctored UCAT.
I do not think I am able to sit the test at a test centre. What do I do?
Please refer to the information below to see if you qualify to sit the online proctored UCAT.
Who may be eligible to sit the online proctored UCAT?
A minority of candidates may qualify to sit the online proctored UCAT if they meet at least one of the criteria below:
You are living in an area where test centres are not open due to COVID-19 and it does not look likely the will reopen in good time for you to test.
You are living, working or studying overseas, where travel to a test centre is difficult because of distance, pandemic, war, civil unrest or natural disaster.
IMPORTANT: Please ensure you have recently checked local test centre availability. The easiest way to check availability is by following the steps to schedule a test through your web account once booking opens on 28 June.
You are not able to go to a test centre due to a significant medical reason (either COVID-19 related or other circumstances).
IMPORTANT: The 2021 UCAT testing takes place from 26 July to 29 September. If it is likely that your circumstances could change over this period, allowing you to test at a test centre you would not be eligible to sit the online proctored UCAT.
Other eligibility considerations
Pearson VUE is not able to deliver online proctored tests in these countries due to regulatory and local data privacy rules: China, Cuba, Iran, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Sudan and the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria).
The online proctored UCAT may not be suitable for all candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. To sit the online proctored UCAT you will need:
the correct technical equipment and to run the System Test to check your equipment meets minimum requirements.
access to a quiet room where you will not be disturbed for the duration of your test
a stable internet connection.
to meet the specific ID policy for the online proctored UCAT (which is different to the test centre policy).
for under 18s only, a parent/guardian (with approved ID) to be present when you begin your online proctored UCAT.
A minority of candidates taking the test at home may encounter technical issues. In most cases, this will be because they have not run the System Test or their internet connection is not robust enough to support taking the online proctored UCAT without interruption. Connectivity issues may slow some of the functionality in the test (operating the calculator or using shortcuts).
I do not qualify to sit the online proctored UCAT. What do I do?
If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you are advised to sit your test at a test centre. Please keep checking local test centre availability through your web account, as additional slots are released throughout the test cycle. If you are struggling to find a test appointment, phone Pearson VUE Customer Services.
When can I sit the online proctored UCAT?
Candidates will be able to sit the online proctored UCAT between late August and 24 September 2021.
If you have special circumstances that mean you need to sit your test earlier, please get in touch with the UCAT Office directly.
How do I apply to sit the online proctored UCAT?
Applications to sit the online proctored test will open on Monday 16 August 2021.
Candidates are therefore advised to keep checking local test centre availability up to this date.
Applications can take up to 3 working days to be processed and you will receive the outcome by email. If you are approved to sit the online proctored UCAT you will be sent instructions on how to book your test.