OnVUE Online Proctored Testing

We expect the vast majority of candidates to sit their UCAT in a Pearson VUE test centre.  Test centres are available throughout the UK and internationally.  Our 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. 

If testing in a test centre is not the best solution for you, you may wish to consider online proctored testing, using the Pearson VUE OnVUE platform. 

The OnVUE online proctored UCAT (OnVUE UCAT) is sat in 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.

Who may be eligible to sit the OnVUE UCAT? 

You may qualify to sit the OnVUE UCAT if you meet at least one of the criteria below: 

Geographic criteria
  • You live in a country where there is no test centre.

  • You live in a country where the nearest test centre is a significant distance or travel time away.

  • You live, work or studying in a country where travel to a test centre is difficult because of pandemic, war, civil unrest or natural disaster.

  • You live 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. 

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 20 June. 

Medical criteria
  • 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 2022 UCAT testing takes place from 11 July to 29 September.  If it is likely that your circumstances will change over this period, allowing you to test at a test centre, you would not be eligible to sit the OnVUE 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 OnVUE UCAT may not be suitable for all candidates who meet the eligibility criteria.  To sit the OnVUE UCAT you will need:

  • the correct technical equipment and to have 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 OnVUE 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 OnVUE UCAT. 

Access arrangements, such as extra time or rest breaks can be supported in the OnVUE UCAT.  However, you are not permitted to leave your room during the test. Section breaks must be taken at your desk and you must stay within your webcam view at all times.  Apart from permitted note taking materials and any comfort aids, your desktop should be clean. 

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 OnVUE UCAT without interruption.  Connectivity issues may slow some of the functionality in the test (operating the calculator or using shortcuts).

How can I check whether I can test at test centre? 

The easiest way for candidates to check test centre availability is by following the steps to schedule a test through their web account once booking opens on 20 June. 

Please do not contact the UCAT Office or Pearson VUE UCAT Customer Services before 20 June as we are unable to advise on availability until booking opens.  This is because we operate a live booking system and availability may change between now and the test cycle opening.

What if I cannot sit the UCAT at a test centre? 

If you are unable to sit your test at a test centre, please return to this page on 20 June to make an application to sit the OnVUE UCAT. 

Please do not contact the UCAT Office or Pearson VUE Customer Services before this page is updated on 20 June as we have no further information at present.