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

Mitigating Circumstances

Our admissions tests are a compulsory entry requirement for our Consortium universities.  However, we understand that some candidates will experience mitigating circumstances that may affect their ability to take the test.

Illness or Personal Circumstances

The UCAT Consortium Professional Examination Rules state that 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 – even if it is a difficult decision to make.  This includes candidates who fall ill or experience issues on the day of their 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. 

If you plan to take the test in the final weeks of testing, you may encounter difficulties in rescheduling within the test window, and may have to travel much further to find an available test centre. This is why we advise all candidates to test early in the cycle.  If you are not fit to sit your test but choose to do so against this advice, we will not consider such issues as mitigating circumstances.  

We never make an adjustment to a candidate’s score to reflect temporary illness/injury or some other event outside of the candidate’s control at the time of the test.

If you are concerned that illness or personal circumstances means you are not ‘fit to sit’ the test during the 2020 test cycle please contact the UCAT Office for advice.

Overseas Candidates

Consortium Universities expect overseas applicants to take the test, which could mean travelling to another country.  If you are unable to sit your test due to war, civil unrest or natural disaster making travel to test centres unsafe you should contact your chosen Universities to see whether they would consider their application without a test result. 

Universities will require supporting evidence as part of that process.  Each university will make its own decision consistent with its admission policy. If a candidate is applying to several Consortium universities, they need to contact each separately.  The UCAT Office does not grant exemptions from the test.

Test Day Problems and Complaints

Please refer to Test Day Problems