UCAT Misconduct Policy

UCAT has a responsibility to candidates and other stakeholders to ensure the integrity of the test.  In order to do this we have put in place robust measures to identify and deal with candidate misconduct.

This page details the procedures to be followed when dealing with candidate misconduct and informs candidates of the consequences of such actions.

We expect our candidates to meet minimum standards of acceptable behaviour during testing and during any interactions with the UCAT Consortium, UCAT Office and Pearson VUE staff.  Please familiarise yourself with the information on our Test Day page before your test.

This policy deals with cases of suspected irregular test conduct and other unacceptable behaviour as outlined below.  Irregular test conduct is any action which gives or aims to give unfair advantage to a candidate or causes disadvantage to other candidates. Such conduct may give rise to unfairness or inaccurate results.

Examples of Misconduct

Examples of misconduct include but are not limited to the following:

  • obtaining unauthorised access to test content;

  • testing more than once in any test cycle without permission;

  • sitting both the UCAT and UCAT ANZ in the same year;

  • sitting the test if you have an affiliation with a UCAT coaching business, for example as a tutor or item developer, or having some financial interest in a UCAT coaching business;

  • unacceptable behaviour or language during testing and during any interactions with the UCAT Consortium, UCAT Office and Pearson VUE staff;

  • breach of security arrangements;

  • impersonation (pretending to be someone else);

  • failure to follow the exam rules;

  • failure to follow invigilator/proctor or other staff instructions;

  • creating a disturbance;

  • using or attempting to use prohibited aids (e.g. notes, note paper, calculators, mobile phone, audio/recording devices, dictionaries etc.);

  • attempting to remove any notes, from the testing room;

  • copying/collusion or attempted copying/collusion;

  • giving or receiving assistance from other individuals during the test;

  • verbal or non-verbal communication with another candidate during the test;

  • copying or recording questions or answers from the test using any means;

  • using the test questions for purposes other than sitting your test. This includes publishing UCAT questions or any of their content or information about them on the internet, any digital format or otherwise and/or passing UCAT questions, any of their content or information about them to third parties;

  • falsifying documents or giving of false or misleading information at any point including when applying for a UCAT bursary, making arrangements for test accommodations and notifying UCAT or Pearson VUE of any test incident;

  • altering results document or notifications;

  • breaching any of the website terms and conditions;

  • any other form of cheating or gaining of an unfair advantage.

Investigating Misconduct Cases

The Investigation