UCAT ANZ Access Arrangements
This information is subject to change and will be confirmed in December 2020.
Candidates with special educational needs, disabilities, medical conditions or temporary injuries may be entitled to extra time or accommodations when sitting the test.
Applicants applying for access arrangements should read the Inherent requirements for studying medicine in Australia and New Zealand guideline statement.
You must apply and be approved for access arrangements before you book your test. Access arrangements applications must be accompanied by suitable official documentation.
What access arrangements can be provided?
You must apply for approval for the following extended versions of the test and other arrangements:
- 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 (subject to 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)
The following are considered accommodations which need to be arranged in advance of your test by emailing the UCAT ANZ Office. You do not need supporting evidence.
- Wheelchair access (subject to test centre availability)
- Adjustable font size and colour scheme - refer to this information sheet
Note that all tests have the in-built functionality to zoom in and out (using Ctrl +/-). The maximum magnification recommended is 200%.
- Coloured overlays (provided by the candidate)
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 Aids
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.
- A paper version of the test.
- A scribe.
- Unlimited, ‘on request’ or ‘stop the clock’ breaks
What supporting evidence do I need?
When you submit your application for access arrangements you must also submit supporting evidence. The following requirements apply:
- Your documentation must be from a registered health practitioner:
- on official letterhead
- include the date
- include the title, name, registration number, contact details, and signature of the practitioner.
- For disabilities or health related needs your documentation must be no more than one year old.
- For learning disabilities, a copy of an appropriate educational psychologist's report (no more than 3 year's old) will be acceptable. A report older than 3 years will be acceptable if it is accompanied by a recent letter from an educational psychologist stating that the information in the report is still applicable.
Your documentation must:
- give a clear diagnosis and information on the condition
- indicate the impact of the condition in test settings
- include the adjustments the practitioner considers appropriate for you to sit the test
How do I apply for access arrangements?
UCAT ANZ 2021 application dates will be published in December 2020
Please complete an access arrangements application (available when applications open) with correct supporting evidence. You must have registered an account with Pearson VUE and know your candidate ID (in the format ANZ12345678 - given in the top left corner of your account).
Applications open: TBC
Application deadline: TBC
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.
Access arrangements FAQs
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.
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.
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.