Registration and Booking

Please read the information on this page carefully before completing the registration process.

Registration for the UCAT is a two-step process of creating an account and booking a test, using the Pearson VUE registration system.

Key Dates 

Key dates and deadlines are on the UCAT Test Dates page.  It is your responsibility to register for the correct version of the UCAT, meeting all the relevant deadlines.

You may only take the test once in any test cycle.  Instances of multiple testing in the same year will be treated as misconduct and all results withdrawn.

Test Fees 

The test fee is payable at the time of booking by major debit/credit card:

  • Tests taken in the UK: £70
  • Tests taken outside the UK: £115

UK candidates in financial need can apply for a UCAT Bursary Voucher to pay for their test.

Candidates applying to Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Singapore) may use an International Voucher purchased by their school to pay for their test.

Test Locations

The UCAT is delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout the UK and in 130+ countries worldwide. 

Find your nearest test centre: Pearson VUE Test Centre Locator

If travel to a test centre is difficult because of distance, pandemic, war, civil unrest or natural disaster, please refer to information on OnVUE online proctored testing before booking your test.

Are you a returning candidate? 

If you created a UCAT Account in a previous year (regardless of whether you sat the test or not) please refer to this important information for Returning Candidates before proceeding.

Step One - Create a UCAT Account from 16 May 2023

New candidates must create a UCAT account before they can book a test.  

Register with your legal name exactly as it appears on the photo ID you intend to present when you test. Accepted forms of ID are specified in our Photo ID Policy. If there is not an acceptable match, you may be unable to test and may lose your test fee.  Before requesting a change to the name on your account please refer to the FAQs on the Photo ID Policy page.

When creating an account you will need to provide this additional information.

After creating your account, you will:

  • receive an email from Pearson VUE containing your username. You can log in to your account using the username and password you set up at registration.
  • be assigned a UCAT candidate ID (in the format UKCAT123456). You can find your candidate ID in the left corner of your account.  It should be used in all correspondence with Pearson VUE and the UCAT Office.

It can take up to 1 business day for Pearson VUE to set up your account. 

Occasionally, account details must be validated before your account set up can be completed. You may need to wait (up to 1 business day) for an email from Pearson VUE with additional instructions.  If this email has not arrived (after checking junk/spam folders) please contact Pearson VUE Customer Services.

Delays to account registration will not be accepted as a mitigating circumstance for missing the booking deadline.


Prior to Booking a Test

Apply for Bursary (if applicable)

UK candidates in financial need can apply for a UCAT Bursary to cover the full test fee.  Once your Bursary Application is approved you will be given a voucher code to use when booking your test.

Apply for Access Arrangements (if applicable)

Candidates who require extra test time, rest breaks or special accommodations must have their Access Arrangements application approved by the UCAT Office before booking their test.

Read the Fitness to Test Policy (all candidates)

Our ‘Fitness to Test’ Policy means if a candidate attends their test, they are declaring themselves fit to take the test.

If you are concerned that illness, injury or personal circumstances means you will not be ‘fit to test’, please refer to the Fitness to Test Policy for advice.

Step Two - Book a Test from 20 June

You should book your test through your UCAT Account

You are strongly recommended to book a test date early in the testing window.  If you choose to book a late test date and then encounter illness or other issues which prevent you from attending your test appointment you may not be able to reschedule within the testing window.

Do I need a Private Access Code (PAC)?

You do not need a PAC to book the standard UCAT. These codes are only issued to candidates approved to sit an extended test or the online proctored UCAT.

Once you have successfully booked a test, you will be sent a confirmation email that includes important details about your appointment.  Please keep this email safe.

It is your responsibility to ensure your booking is made successfully in advance of the booking deadline of 21 September 2023 (12 noon BST).  Claims of mitigating circumstances or technical errors affecting your ability to book by the deadline will not be accepted. 


You may find this UCAT 2023 step-by-step guide helpful in planning for your test. You can print it off as a reminder of the important steps in completing your UCAT journey. 

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