And how to manage your test day.
So you're working on your UCAT preparation and are thinking about test day?
Arriving at the test centre can be a nerve-wracking experience. The best way to fight off the nerves is to be as prepared as possible.
When you arrive at your testing room, you are given a desk space with a PC, keyboard and a whiteboard with a pen.
If you were hoping for complete silence, you may be disappointed. You take the test with many others in the same room, and some minimal disturbances are inevitable as others come and go. Every attempt is made to minimise this, including headphones or earplugs available on request. You will also be socially distanced, where appropriate.
With the exception of your indoor clothes, you will not be allowed any other items (unless they are included on the Pearson VUE Comfort Aid List).
Here’s a tour of a test centre.
For security reasons, only those taking the test can attend the test centres and there are no waiting areas.
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Before entering the test centre, you must show a piece of official photographic ID. This may be one of the following.
Note that your ID must be original, valid, signed and your name needs to match the one on your appointment confirmation email.
Use the Pearson VUE test locator. Simply enter your address or city to find the nearest test centres on the map.
Some UCAT test centres are much easier to access than others. When you book your test slot, consider your transport options.
If you don’t have access to a car, make sure to choose a centre which has good links to public transport. Similarly, some test centres have no public parking available. This information can be found on the ‘Test Centre Information’ link on the Pearson VUE test locator.
To find out more about arrangements before arriving at your test centre, visit our UCAT FAQ article.
Some Pearson VUE test centres have better disabled access than others, and some require you to call ahead to make arrangements. If you have various testing centres near you, find the one with the best disabled access.
Learn more about UCAT access arrangements.
If taking your UCAT exam at a test centre isn't the best option for you, you may wish to consider OnVUE online proctored testing instead.
You will need to meet certain criteria in order to qualify to sit the OnVUE UCAT.
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