UCAT ANZ Access Arrangements

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.

Application dates

Access Arrangements applications open on 1 February and close on 17 May 2023.

Queries regarding Access Arrangements applications should be emailed to the UCAT ANZ Office, NOT Pearson VUE Customer Services.

What access arrangements can be provided? 

Extra time and/ or rest breaks

The following extended test versions are available:

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

  • UCATANZ SEN10 (140 minutes) 10 minutes extra time per hour

  • UCATANZ SEN (150 minutes) 25% extra time

  • UCATANZ SENSA (175 minutes) 25% extra time with 5 minute rest breaks before sections

Timings of the extended versions of the test are given here.

Candidates should apply for access arrangements which reflect what they are entitled to in school/college/university exams.

Other Access Arrangements
  • Separate room
    Your supporting evidence must support your requirement for a separate room on your own and 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.

    Separate rooms are not soundproofed or quieter than the main testing area. They may be near busy areas such as the invigilator station or check in area. Earplugs are available at most test centres to minimise any noise. The Test Day information provides more information about earplugs.

  • Access to medical items not included on the Comfort Aid List.
    This arrangement may require a separate room, which is subject to availability.

  • Access to medically necessary food/drink (including water) at your workstation.
    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
    This arrangement requires a separate room, which is 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 2023. 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 supporting evidence do I need?

We require BOTH of the following documents:

  1. A letter from your school/college/university confirming the accommodations you currently receive for exams (see specific requirements below), AND:
  2. 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 2023 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 accommodations you are entitled to in examinations. 
  • Explicitly state the amount of extra time you are entitled to in examinations.
  • Explicitly state the amount of time for any rest breaks 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.

Important information

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

Note that 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.

Supporting evidence if you are not currently enrolled in education

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

  • Documentation confirming the accommodations you received for exams from your most recent education,
  • For disabilities or health related needs, a recent letter (dated 2023) from a registered health practitioner or specialist (e.g. a consultant, psychologist, psychiatrist) which:
    • provides the date of diagnosis
    • details your circumstances and indicates the impact of the condition in test settings
    • makes a clear medical recommendation for specific accommodations in examinations. If the recommendation is for extra time then it must be specific, for example 10 minutes per hour.
  • 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 and/or other accommodations in examinations.

If you are not able to provide documentation from your most recent education, please refer to the FAQs below.

How do I apply for access arrangements?

Step 1: Register for a Pearson VUE account.

Step 2: Apply for Access Arrangements
Complete the application form below and upload the correct supporting evidence - see requirements above.

You are required to enter your UCAT ANZ ID number from your Pearson VUE account in your application. The ID number is in the format (ANZ12345678) and is in the top left of your account.

Step 3: Receive outcome of your access arrangements application

You will receive the outcome by email in approximately 5 business days. The email will outline the access arrangements you have been approved and information about how your test will be booked. Candidates cannot book their own test with access arrangements. 

If you have not heard from our office after one week please email the UCAT ANZ Office (after checking your junk/spam email folder). Please do not submit multiple applications.

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



Access Arrangements FAQs

Do I need to apply for access arrangements again if I did so in a previous year?

Can I book my test online before receiving the outcome of my access arrangements application?

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?

Can I query the access arrangements that I have been approved?

What if I take unapproved items with me?

Can I take water into the test room?

Can I leave the test centre room for a break?

Do you tell universities about my access arrangements?

I've already booked a test but want to apply for access arrangements. Can I still submit an application?