Details of the 2022 UCAT will be published on the website before registration opens in May. Our Customer Service Team have no further information at present, so please do not contact them until the website has been updated for the 2022 test cycle. Please check back periodically for updates and refer to the information on our UCAT Test Cycle page.
Registration for the UCAT is only open between certain dates. Outside of these times you will see a message that says "The feature that you are trying to access is blocked. Please try later". Please see the UCAT Test Cycle page for details.
Yes. If you have previously created a UCAT account please use this to book your test. You do not need to register (create an account) each year you wish to sit the test.
If you have forgotten your username and/or password there are options to retrieve these from the sign in page. Please do not set up a new account as multiple accounts are not permitted. If you continue to have problems signing in then you need to contact Pearson VUE Customer Services.
If you have forgotten your username or password there are options to retrieve these from the sign in page. Please do not set up a new account as multiple accounts are not permitted. If you continue to have problems signing in then you need to contact Pearson VUE Customer Services.
On occasion, accounts cannot be created until they are validated by the Account Processing team. In this case, you will not be able to create a username and password. An onscreen message will inform you that your account is not yet complete. You will then receive an email from Pearson VUE, usually within one business day, with additional instructions.
The email from Pearson VUE containing your username, confirming your UCAT account has been created may have been diverted into your junk/spam folder. This email is only for your records.
If you can sign in to your UCAT Account using the username and password you set up during registration, you have successfully completed the registration process. You are now ready to book your test when booking opens.
You are only assigned a candidate ID (in the format UKCAT123456) after successfully registering. You can find your candidate ID in the left corner of your account.
You are assigned a unique Candidate ID number when you create a UCAT account with Pearson VUE. The Candidate ID number is in the format (UKCAT + 6 digits) and is given in the top left of your UCAT account. Your Candidate ID number should be used in all correspondence regarding the test. If you are struggling to find your Candidate ID please refer to this guide.
You can only sit the test once in any test cycle and any instances of multiple testing in the same year will be treated as an example ofcandidate misconduct. However, there is no penalty for taking the test again in subsequent years.
If you have met the deadline to cancel your test, your refund will be processed. Please allow up to a week for the amount to show in your bank account or refund back to your credit card. Apologies if this seems a little long but the timeframe is dictated by your bank or card issuer and Pearson VUE has no control over it.
Yes. If you have already paid for your test you can still apply for a bursary. When your application has been approved you will need will need to email Pearson VUE Customer Services with your bursary voucher code to arrange for a refund.
You need to email Pearson VUE Customer Services to arrange for a refund. Please complete ALL fields and quote your bursary voucher code for the refund to be processed. You cannot obtain a refund from the UCAT Office.
Once your refund has been processed, please allow up to a week for the amount to show in your bank account or refund back to your credit card. Apologies if this seems a little long but the timeframe is dictated by your bank or card issuer and Pearson VUE has no control over it.
Access arrangements are not normally approved for a short-term injury or illness. The UCAT is delivered over a period of 12 weeks so you would be expected to sit the standard test once you have recovered. If you have a test booked, you should reschedule your appointment until you are fit to test.
If you are concerned that illness, injury or personal circumstances means you will not be ‘fit to test’ throughout the 2022 test window, you must contact theUCAT Officefor advice before sitting your test. If you choose to sit your test against this advice, UCAT will not accept this as a mitigating circumstance.
If you were diagnosed with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) after leaving education, or the diagnosis came too late for your school/college/university to put any recommendations in place for your exams, note this in your application and provide your diagnostic assessment report as evidence.
If your disability or long-term medical condition occurred after leaving education,or the diagnosis came too late for your school/college/university to put any recommendations in place for your exams, notethis in your application and provide a recent letter (dated 2022) from a GP or specialist (e.g. a consultant or psychologist) which:
includes a clear outline of your disability or long-term medical condition.
explicitly recommends a specific amount of extra exam time (e.g. 25%) and/or other accommodations in public examinations.
makes it clear that any recommendations are based on the GP or specialist’s clinical opinion. A letter that simply states your exam preferences or wishes would not be sufficient to approve access arrangements.
If you have any other legitimate reason you should contact theUCAT Officewith details so we can advise on the evidence you will need to support an application.
You are permitted to leave the test centre room, but the test cannot be paused and will continue running. You are advised, if possible, to take any breaks between subtests to limit the impact on test time.
The UCATSA, UCATSENSA and UCATSEN50 can only be booked once the UCAT Office has approved your application.
Although the booking system does not stop you booking a UCATSEN before your eligibility has been approved, we strongly recommend you wait for confirmation before booking a test. You must not sit the UCATSEN until your application has been approved. Booking a UCATSEN does not mean you are approved to sit this version of the test; you must still make an application for access arrangements to have your eligibility for extra time approved.
If you need to change the version of the test you have booked (e.g. from UCAT to UCATSEN) you will need to cancel your existing appointment (giving the appropriate notice) and book again. The date, time and location of your new appointment is likely to change depending on availability at the time. It is for this reason that we advise you do not book your test until you receive confirmation of your approved access arrangements.
Any unapproved items you take with you to the test centre must be stored in a locker and can only be used outside the testing room. If they are required during testing, please raise your hand to notify the invigilator. You are advised, if possible, to use the break between subtests to limit the impact on test time.
Yes, you must apply each time you sit the UCAT. Any access arrangements approved by the UCAT Office are only valid for that year’s sitting of the UCAT. We do not keep evidence after the usual retention period.
Our decision applies solely to your sitting the UCAT. It does not relate to any aspects of University admission processes, your fitness to study medicine/dentistry or your fitness ultimately to practice.
Each year we create a number of versions of the test drawn from a large question bank. The test version that you sit is selected at random and within each subtest questions are presented randomly. All test versions are balanced to ensure that the scale scores that candidates receive are equivalent. Questions in the UCAT have been pretested and have passed rigorous data analysis and statistical screening.
We advise you to prepare for the UCAT using the free official practice materials which have been developed by the UCAT Consortium. We believe that all everyone should have access to free preparation materials to support their test preparation. The resources and advice here have been produced by ourselves using feedback from previous high-scoring candidates.
We recommend you view these resources before moving on to the Practice Tests.
No. Whilst there are many commercial companies offering coaching for the UCAT, we do not work with any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials. These courses can cost candidates a great deal of money and we would advise you to be sceptical about their claims. Commercial organisations are not affiliated with UCAT. They may be using items that are not necessarily of the standard you will encounter in the UCAT and this may distort your performance whilst practising. We advise all students to prepare for their test using the free Official UCAT Preparation Resources.
The exam rules can be found on the Test Day page. You should familiarise yourself with these before your appointment as they explain what you must do if you have any issues during testing. Please also refer to the section on Test Day Problems.
If you raised an issue during testing that was not satisfactorily resolved you may request an incident investigation. The issuing of an incident case number does not automatically result in UCAT or Pearson VUE taking any action unless an incident investigation is requested. Please refer to the Test Incidentpage for advice on how to proceed.
The UCAT is marked on the number of correct answers you give. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. Your performance on one question does not influence which other questions are presented.
The cognitive subtests are scored differently to the Situational Judgement Test subtest. For further information, visit the Scoring page of our website.
In mid-September we publish interim results which give candidates an early indication of the decile they are within (although this is subject to change until testing is completed). Once testing has ended final mean scores, deciles and a 'Percentile Look Up' facility is added to theTest Statistics page.
The UCAT, which is predominantly used as an admissions test for UK universities, has now been adopted by a consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand. We refer to these universities informally as the UCAT ANZ Consortium and their test as the UCAT ANZ. However it is identical in format and content to the UCAT. Candidates should only apply to sit this version of the test if they are intending to apply to a relevant course at one of the UCAT ANZ Consortium member universities in Australia or New Zealand. Further details can be found on their website.