UCAT ANZ Access Arrangements

ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS APPLICATIONS CLOSED ON 17 MAY 2022.

Candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or medical conditions who are entitled to extra time or other accommodations for school/college/university exams may be entitled to access arrangements when sitting the UCAT ANZ.

Applicants applying for access arrangements should read the Inherent requirements for studying medicine in Australia and New Zealand guideline statement and the inherent requirements for the university courses they are applying to.

You must apply and be approved for access arrangements BEFORE your test can be booked. 

Access arrangements applications must be accompanied by suitable official documentation.

Key Dates 

Access arrangements applications open: 1 February 2022 
Access arrangements application deadline: 17 May 2022
Testing period: 1 July - 12 August 2022


What access arrangements can be provided? 

You must apply for approval for the following extended versions of the test and other arrangements by 17 May 2022. Timings of the extended versions of the test are given here.

  • UCATSA (140 minutes) standard test time with 5 minute rest breaks before sections

  • UCATSEN (150 minutes) 25% extra time

  • UCATSENSA (168.75 minutes) 25% extra time with 5 minute rest breaks before sections

  • Separate room 
    Your evidence must specify you need to test in an individual room and your supporting evidence must provide information about why this is necessary for your condition. Separate rooms are subject to test centre availability, not all test centres can provide a separate room.

  • Access to medical items or medically necessary food/drink at your workstation not included on the Comfort Aid List.
    This arrangement requires a separate room, which is subject to availability.
    • Candidates with diabetes should refer to this Information Sheet to assess whether they need to apply for access arrangements.

  • Adjustable height desk (subject to availability)

  • Adjustable font size and colour scheme - refer to this Adjustable font and colour scheme information

  • Permission to bring coloured overlays (provided by the candidate)

If you are applying for access arrangements and require wheelchair access, please include this in your application. Otherwise advise the UCAT ANZ Office by email by 17 May 2022. Wheelchair access can be subject to test centre availability.


COMFORT AIDS (no prior arrangement required)
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 comfort aids is available here: Comfort Aid List.

Any unapproved items will need to be stored in a locker or designated area at the test centre and can only be used outside the testing room. If they are required during testing you should raise your hand and the invigilator will assist you. However, the test will continue running during this time.


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.
  • Paper and pen (you are provided a laminated notebook and marker pen at the test centre).
  • A paper version of the test.
  • A scribe.
  • Unlimited, ‘on request’ or ‘stop the clock’ breaks


What supporting evidence do I need?

We require both of the following documents:

  • A letter from your school/college/university confirming the accommodations you currently receive for exams (see specific requirements below), and
  • The documentation from the registered health practitioner (with experience in the relevant field), educational psychologist, or psychologist with appropriate experience, that you provided to your school/college/university to receive exam accommodations.

In some circumstances we may request additional documentation.

The letter from your school/college/university must be dated 2022 on official letterhead and contain:

  • the date
  • title, name, signature and contact details of the official issuing the letter

The letter should (as appropriate):

  • Explicitly state the amount of extra time you are entitled to in examinations (e.g. 25%).
  • Explicitly state the amount of time for any rest breaks in examinations.
  • Explicitly state any other accommodations you are entitled to in examinations.
  • Confirm on what basis this entitlement has been agreed, for example a diagnosis from a registered health practitioner (with experience in the relevant field), educational psychologist, or psychologist with appropriate experience.

If you are not currently enrolled in education, we require:

  • Documentation confirming the accommodations you received for exams from your most recent education,
    and:
  • For disabilities or health related needs, a recent letter (dated 2022) from a registered health practitioner or specialist (e.g. a consultant, psychologist, psychiatrist) which:
    • details your circumstances and indicates the impact of the condition in test settings
    • makes a clear medical recommendation for a specific amount of extra exam time (e.g. 25%) and/or other accommodations in examinations.
  • For learning disabilities, a report (no more than 3 years old) from an educational psychologist or psychologist with appropriate experience. It must explicitly recommend a specific amount of extra exam time (e.g. 25%) and/or other accommodations in examinations.

Important information

The UCAT ANZ is a computer based, multiple choice test and does not contain any writing.

The accommodations approved at your school/college/university, and what is recommended by the registered health practitioner or psychologist, will not necessarily be those approved for the UCAT ANZ.

Access arrangements are considered with respect to maintaining the integrity of the assessment process. Therefore, given the nature of this test it may not be reasonable to provide all the adjustments specified in your application. Accommodations should meet the needs of the candidate affected by a disability or medical condition but must not confer any advantage over other candidates sitting the assessment under standard conditions.

Extra time will not be approved if a candidate’s difficulties relate to handwriting issues.


How do I apply for access arrangements?

Please complete an access arrangements application below and upload your supporting documentation - see requirements above. 

You must have registered your Pearson VUE account and know your candidate ID (in the format ANZ12345678 - given in the top left corner of your account).

Applications open: 1 February 2022
Application deadline: 17 May 2022

All applications are processed in approximately 5 business days and you will be notified of the outcome by email. If you have not heard from our office after one week please email the UCAT ANZ Office. Before contacting us please check that an email has not been sent to your junk folder. Please do not submit multiple applications.

All queries regarding Access Arrangements and Accommodations should be emailed to the UCAT ANZ Office, NOT Pearson VUE Customer Services.

Applications are not accepted after the access arrangements application deadline.

ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED


Access arrangements FAQs

Do I need to apply for access arrangements again if I did so in a previous year?
Yes, you must apply each time you sit the UCAT ANZ. Any access arrangements approved by the UCAT ANZ Office are only valid for that years sitting of the test.

Can I book my test online before receiving the outcome of my access arrangements application?
No, candidates who are approved for access arrangements do not book their own test online. The booking process is outlined in the access arrangements approval email that candidates receive.

What evidence will be accepted if I have been out of education for more than 3 years and cannot provide a letter from my most recent educational institution?
In these circumstances, we require:

  • For disabilities or health related needs, a recent letter (dated 2022) from a registered health practitioner or specialist (e.g. a consultant, psychologist, psychiatrist) which:
    • details your circumstances and indicates the impact of the condition in test settings
    • makes a clear medical recommendation for a specific amount of extra exam time (e.g. 25%) and/or other accommodations in examinations.
  • For learning disabilities, a report (no more than 3 years old) from an educational psychologist or psychologist with appropriate experience. It must explicitly recommend a specific amount of extra exam time (e.g. 25%) and/or other accommodations in examinations.
  • When submitting your access arrangements application, please include the reason you are not able to provide the letter from your educational institution in your application.

The access arrangements recommended by the registered health practitioner or specialist, will not necessarily be those approved for the UCAT ANZ. We may request additional documentation in some circumstances. 

Can I query the access arrangements that I have been approved?
You can email the UCAT ANZ Office to query your access arrangements within 5 business days of receiving your access arrangements approval email. 

What if I take unapproved items with me?
Any unapproved items you take with you to the test centre will need to be stored in a locker and can only be used outside the testing room. If they are required during testing, please raise your hand to notify the invigilator. The test cannot be paused and will continue running; you will lose time whilst out of the test room. You are advised to take any breaks between subtests, if possible, to limit the impact on test time. 

Can I take in water?
If it is medically necessary for you to have water at your workstation, you can apply for this access arrangement. This requirement needs to be supported by your documentation. Otherwise, water is not permitted in the test room as it may damage technical equipment and if brought must be stored in a locker and used outside the testing room. 

Can I leave the test centre room for a break?
You are permitted to leave the test centre room but the test cannot be paused and will continue running. You are advised, if possible, to take any breaks between subtests to limit the impact on test time. 

Do you tell universities about my access arrangements?
The UCAT ANZ Office does not inform Universities which approved version of the test you have sat when we deliver results. Nor do we pass on details of your disability, special needs or medical conditions.