The University Clinical Aptitude Test is used in the selection process by the majority of UK University Medical and Dental Schools.

Access Arrangements

The information below is subject to change.  Details of the 2020 process will be updated in April 2020.

Applications for Access Arrangements can be made from 4 May 2020.  The deadline for requests is midday (BST) on 22 September 2020.  To make an application you must be registered and know your candidate ID (in the format UKCAT123456).  

If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia, a disability, medical condition or temporary injury you may be entitled to extra time, rest breaks or accommodations.  

All access arrangements need to be arranged at least 5 working days before your test and some require you to apply for approval before you can book a test.  Testing without access arrangements in place will not be accepted as a mitigating circumstance.  Those indicated with a (*) are subject to test centre availability.   

What access arrangements can be provided? 

UCATSEN - 25% additional time

If you are eligible for 25% extra time in public exams you should sit the UCATSEN.  You must apply to the UCAT Office for approval to sit the UCATSEN.  You may book a test in advance of your eligibility being approved but we recommend you wait for confirmation before sitting your test.  

If you are entitled to 25% extra time and rest breaks please don't apply for the UCATSEN.  You should make a Special Access Arrangements application to sit the UCATSENSA.

Apply to sit the UCATSEN

Special Access Arrangements

You must apply to the UCAT Office for approval before you can book the following:

  • UCATSA - standard test time with 5 minute rest breaks between sections
  • UCATSENSA - 25% extra test time with 5 minute rest breaks between sections
  • UCATSEN50 - 50% extra time
  • Separate room*
  • Access to medical items at your workstation (e.g. for diabetes) that are not included on the comfort aid list (below) 

Apply for Special Access Arrangements


The following accommodations can be requested at least 5 working days in advance of your test by calling Pearson VUE Customer Services on +44 (0) 161 855 7409.  You do not need supporting evidence.

  • Wheelchair access*
  • Adjustable height desk*
  • Changes to the test colour scheme and/or font size (info sheet)
  • Coloured overlays (provided by candidate) 

Comfort aids
Some medicines, medical devices, mobility devices and other items are allowed into the test room after visual inspection and do not require any arrangements.  A full list of permitted comfort aids is available here: Comfort Aid Information

What access arrangements cannot be provided?

Due to the nature of the UCAT exam and the test centre environment the following accommodations cannot be provided under any circumstances: 

  • A reader or computer reader.
  • A paper version of the test.
  • A scribe.
  • Unlimited, ‘on request’ or ‘stop the clock’ breaks.

Further assistance

If you do not think that your needs will be met by the access arrangements on offer, you should register for the test and make an application for special access arrangements (from 4 May 2020), and provide recent supporting evidence.  We will then advise you on your options.  The deadline for any requests is midday (BST) on 22 September 2020.