Booking your Test

Booking opens at 6am BST on 20 June 2022 and closes at 12 noon BST on 22 September 2022. 

The 2022 UCAT must be sat between 11 July and 29 September 2022.

Other key dates and deadlines are on the UCAT Test Cycle page.  We do not make exceptions to these deadlines.

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


Step one - Register for a Pearson VUE Account

New candidates must register for a Pearson VUE account before they can book a test.  Returning candidates should use their existing account as multiple accounts are not permitted. If you have forgotten your login details, please visit our FAQs for further advice.

It can take up to 1 business day for Pearson VUE to set up your account.  Delays to account registration will not be accepted as a mitigating circumstance for missing the booking deadline. 

  • Register with your legal name exactly as it appears on the photo ID you intend to present when your test. If there is not an exact match, you may be unable to test and may lose your test fee.  If you need to change the name on your account please refer to the Photo ID Policy.

  • After creating your account you will receive an email from Pearson VUE containing your username for your records. You can log in to your account using the username and password you set up during registration.

  • You are assigned a UCAT candidate ID (in the format UKCAT123456) after registering your account. 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.

  • Occasionally account details have to be validated before you can complete the account registration process. 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 24 hours (and is not in your spam folder) please contact Pearson VUE Customer Services.
     

ACCOUNT REGISTRATION OPENS IN 2022


Before you proceed to Step two - please give consideration to the following:

Bursary Scheme: Candidates in financial need may apply for a UCAT Bursary Voucher to cover the full test fee.  To check your eligibility please refer to the information on the Bursary Scheme page and apply before you book your test.

Access Arrangements: Candidates who are normally entitled to extra time or other accommodations in their school/college/university exams due to a documented special educational need, disability or medical condition should refer to the Access Arrangements information before booking their test.


Step two - Book a Test Appointment

You should book your test through your Pearson VUE account.  It is your responsibility to ensure your booking is made successfully in advance of the booking deadline of 22 September 2022.

The UCAT is delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout the UK and worldwide.  Use the test centre locator to find your nearest centre.

Claims of mitigating circumstances or technical errors affecting your ability to book by the deadline will not be accepted. 

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

BOOKING OPENS IN 2022


You are strongly recommended to book a test date early in the testing period.  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 test period. 

  • You should book the standard UCAT unless you are eligible for extra time in public exams.

  • Candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or medical conditions who are eligible for extra time or accommodations must apply for Access Arrangements before booking their test.  You should not book your test until you have had confirmation of your approved access arrangements.

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

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


Appointment availability

We recommend you book as early as possible.  Once booking opens, the best way to check availability is through your Pearson VUE account.  As Pearson VUE operate a live booking system, there is no difference between the appointments you can see online to the ones that can be viewed by customer services.

There will be fewer test dates to select from later in the booking window and you may have to travel some distance to a test centre.  


Rescheduling or cancelling your appointment or changing your test

You can cancel or reschedule your appointment as long as you give the appropriate amount of notice.  Please refer to the reschedule and cancellation policy for further details.

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 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 say you should not book your test until you have had confirmation of your approved access arrangements.


Fit to Sit Policy

Our ‘fit to sit’ policy means if a candidate attends their test they are declaring themselves fit to take the test.  Further details can be found here.

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 the UCAT Office for advice before sitting your test.  If you choose to sit your test against this advice, UCAT will not accept this as a mitigating circumstance.


Getting ready for your test

These are all important steps to ensure your test day is successful.  All candidates are expected to familiarise themselves with this information so they know what to expect on their test day and what to do if there is a problem before or during their test.