In the Test Room

The test is 2 hours long, so make sure you use the toilet before you start. You can go during the test, but the timer won’t be paused.

Test environment

The photo shows a typical UKCAT test environment.

It may be familiar if you’ve taken a UK driving theory exam, which can take place in the same test centres.

There’s no audio element to the test, but the headphones can block out any noise that might disrupt your concentration. You may be given earplugs as an alternative option to the headphones.

You will have access to a basic onscreen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning and Decision Analysis tests.

You will also be given a laminated booklet and permanent marker pen to make notes on (check that the pen works before you start the test!). Consider using it for:

Quantitative Reasoning: noting down numbers

Abstract Reasoning: writing down mnemonics

Decision Making: noting calculations and drawing diagrams

When to rest during the test

There are 1 minute introductions between each subtest. You can skip these, but we recommend using the time to mentally refresh yourself.

Remember that no food or drink is allowed in the test room, see the previous page on Test-day preparation.

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