UCAT Access Arrangements: What are They? Who Can Apply?

UCAT Exam

3/11/2020

Are you about to take the UCAT? If you have a disability, this article explains access arrangements so you can prepare effectively for exam day.

If you are just starting to think about the test, check out our UCAT overview.

What are UCAT access arrangements?

(The UCAT website does state that the information supplied online is subject to change)

If you are a student with a disability, you’ll want the reassurance that you can take the test comfortably and you’ll be pleased to discover that UCAT is committed to ensuring everything runs as smoothly for you as possible.

Access arrangement can include four different versions of the test:

  • UCATSEN: You get 25% extra test time
  • UCATSA: You get five minutes of rest break before each section
  • UCATSENSA: You get 25% extra test time and five minutes of rest break before each section
  • UCATSEN50: You get 50% extra test time

All your access arrangements must be planned, with UCAT requiring that you apply for approval before you book a test. Be aware that testing without access arrangements in place will not be accepted as a mitigating circumstance.

Think carefully about your abilities before the test and factor this into your UCAT preparation schedule.
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Am I eligible for UCAT access requirements?

You may be entitled to access arrangements if you have cognitive and learning needs (such as dyslexia or dyscalculia); communication and interaction needs, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or sensory and physical needs (a hearing or vision impairment or physical disability).

If you have social, mental and emotional needs, such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or any other mental health condition, you may also be eligible for some extra assistance. 

Candidates with different conditions or a short-term injury or illness should contact the UCAT Consortium office for advice.

Be aware that extra time will not be granted if your difficulties are primarily caused by English not being your first language, or if they only relate to handwriting issues.

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How do I apply for UCAT access arrangements?

You must apply for approval to sit the UCATSEN, or have special arrangements in place; the UCAT site has all the information you need, including which access arrangements require approval and which do not.

To apply for access arrangements, you must first complete an Access Arrangements Application and include the correct supporting evidence. You must also be registered and know your candidate ID (in the format UKCAT + six digits).

Applications are open from Wednesday 1 July 2020 (9am) and the deadline is Thursday 17 September 2020 (midday). The UCAT site tells you what supporting evidence you’ll need and more – just click on the Access Arrangements Application link above to get started.

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Whatever your circumstances, the fundamentals remain the same. Prepare for the test by learning about UCAT timings and sections in detail.

Finally, head over to our Online UCAT Course and we’ll get you signed up to guide you through this whole process.

Good luck!

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