Test Day

The information below is currently under review for 2021 and is therefore subject to change.

In 2021, we expect the majority of candidates to be able to take their test in a Pearson VUE test centre.  It is important to read this information to ensure your test day runs smoothly. 

UCAT Exam Rules and ‘Fit to Test’ Policy

Please read the exam rules carefully as they explain what you must do if you have any issues during testing.  You will be required to read these rules and sign to show you have understood them before you sit your test:

UCAT Candidate Exam Rules  (updates for 2021 to be advised) 

Candidates who present themselves to test are declaring themselves fit to sit the test. 

  • If you are aware of anything that might affect your performance on the day, you should not sit the test. This applies even if you fall ill or experience issues on the day of your test.  

  • If you are not fit to sit your test, you must reschedule your appointment to a later date, even if this means losing the test fee.

  • Do not attend a Pearson VUE Test Centre if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Follow current government guidelines and reschedule your test to a later date, after any mandatory self-isolation period.

  • If you are concerned that illness, injury or personal circumstances means you will not be ‘fit to test’ throughout the 2021 test cycle, you should contact the UCAT Office for advice before sitting a test.

  • If you choose to sit your test against this advice, UCAT will NOT take any action.

Test centre check-in process 

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete the check-in process and bring the following:   

  • Official photographic identification from our list of permitted ID that meets the requirements of the country where you are testing.  Please refer to the Photo ID Policy.

  • A printed or electronic copy of your appointment confirmation email from Pearson VUE. 

If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to take the test and you will have to book and pay for a new test slot on another day.  This applies in cases of family emergency, accident, arrest, transport problems and security alert as well as forgetfulness and lateness.    

During the check-in process: 

  • Your photo ID will be checked and staff will take a digital photograph of you.  
  • You will be asked to read the UCAT Candidate Exam Rules and sign to confirm you understand them.  It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with these rules before your appointment as they explain what you need to do if you experience any issues during your test (also see Test Incidents).  
  • All personal belongings (including bags, coats, hats or head coverings, papers, books, pens, watches, wallets, keys, IDs, mobile phones, food/water/drinks) must be placed in the lockers provided before you enter the test room.  The only exceptions permitted are religious apparel, headwear worn for medical reasons and small hair clips/hairbands (less than 1/2 inch wide).  For clarity, nothing is allowed into the testing room apart from the indoor clothes worn and any permitted comfort aids.   
  • If you need to access medication or food/drink during your test, you should refer to the Access Arrangements page for more details.  
  • Staff will conduct a routine visual inspection of your clothing, hands/arms and any comfort aids.  This is to ensure that you do not take any non-permitted items into the test room.  

If you have any concerns over the check-in process or have a medical condition / disability that you think our test centre staff should be made aware of please contact Pearson VUE Customer Services at least 5 working days before your test. 

Please note that due to security, test centre receptions are restricted to test takers only.  We do not provide waiting areas for anyone accompanying you to the test centre so you should make other arrangements to meet them when your appointment is over.   

The duration of the standard test is 2 hours; care should be taken when making return travel arrangements to allow adequate time at the test centre in case of unforeseen delays.  

Test centre experience and environment

After the check-in process has been completed, you will be taken into the testing room and allocated a desk space at which you will find a PC and keyboard. 

Under normal test centre conditions there will be other people taking tests in the same room (within allowed social distancing guidelines) and there may be limited disturbance during your test as other test takers arrive and leave the room.  The test centre will endeavour for such disturbance to be kept to a minimum.  Headphones are available at each workstation and you can also request earplugs to block out the noise.  

Once the invigilator has launched your test, you are under exam conditions.  The invigilator will continuously monitor and record you by video while you take your test.  

Refer to the Practice Tips page for information about the on-screen calculator, keyboard shortcuts, and laminated note booklet and marker pen.

If you need a break to take medication or to use the toilets, please raise your hand to notify the invigilator.  The test cannot be paused and will continue running - you will lose time whilst out of the test room. You are advised to take any breaks between subtests to limit the impact on test time. 

After completing the test, raise your hand. The invigilator will end your test and escort you from the room to collect your printed score report. 

You should take the Test Centre Tour and watch this video to see what a UK Pearson VUE test centre looks like and what to expect on arrival.  

Test Centre Safety

The UCAT Consortium and our delivery partner, Pearson VUE are committed to protecting the safety of all candidates sitting the test.  All Pearson VUE company-owned test centres are following recommendations from the CDC and World Health Organisation for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting candidates and test centre staff and their third-party test centres are also encouraged to implement the same precautionary measures. 

Candidates are asked to comply with the latest health and safety guidelines outlined on the Pearson VUE website.