UCAT ANZ Access Arrangements
Testing is now completed for 2019. The information below is subject to change. Details of the 2020 process will be updated in due course.
Candidates with special educational needs, disabilities, medical conditions or temporary injuries may be entitled to extra time or accommodations when sitting the test.
You must apply and be approved for access arrangements by the UCAT ANZ Office before you can book, your test. Access arrangements applications must be accompanied by suitable official documentation.
Registration opens: 1 March 2019
Deadline for Access Arrangements applications: 10 May 2019 at 5pm AEST
Registration closes: 17 May 2019 at 11.59pm AEST
What access arrangements can be provided?
UCATSEN ANZ - 25% extra time
If you are entitled to extra time for public examinations you should apply to sit the UCATSEN ANZ. In addition to 25% extra subtest time it has a 1 minute 15 second timed instruction before each subtest. See this guide for timings. Sitting this extended version of the test requires you to submit an application for Access Arrangements before you make your test booking (step 2 of the Registration and Booking process).
Candidates must submit their application by email to the UCAT ANZ Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and attach supporting documentation to accompany their request, follow Application Process below. The supporting documentation must be from a registered health practitioner and must give a clear diagnosis and information on the condition, indicate the impact of the condition in testing settings and include a statement as to what accommodations the health practitioner feels are appropriate for the candidate in testing settings.
All supporting documentation must be typed on the health practitioner's official letterhead and include the date and title, name, registration number, contact details, and signature of the medical practitioner. The documentation must be no more than one year old for health-related needs or disabilities other than learning disabilities, and no more than three years old for learning disabilities.
Applicants with learning disabilities should submit a copy of an appropriate educational psychologist’s report for consideration. If the report is more than three years old, it will still be accepted, as long as it is accompanied by a recent letter from a psychologist stating that the information in the report is still applicable to the candidate as they are today.
Refer to the Application Process below to submit your application for extra time.
If you require accommodations when sitting the test you should submit an application for Access Arrangements before you make your test booking.
The supporting documentation must be from a registered health practitioner and must give a clear diagnosis and information on the condition, indicate the impact of the condition in testing settings and include a statement as to what accommodations the health practitioner feels are appropriate for the candidate in testing settings. The documentation must be no more than one year old for health related needs or disabilities.
All supporting documentation must be typed on the health practitioner's official letterhead and include the date and title, name, registration number, contact details, and signature of the medical practitioner.
Due to the nature of the test and the test centre environment there are limitations on what accommodations can be permitted.
The following accommodations must be arranged in advance of testing:
A separate room* (evidence required)
Adjustable height desk*
Access to medication, medical equipment or medically necessary food/drink (e.g. for diabetes)
Changes to the test colour scheme and font size (info sheet)
*subject to test centre availability.
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 Information.
Any unapproved items you take with you will need to be stored in a locker 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.
Due to the nature of the UCAT exam the following accommodations cannot be provided:
A reader or computer reader
A paper version
Scheduled or unlimited breaks
The UCAT is a multiple-choice, computer-based test and does not require extended handwriting. Therefore, difficulties with writing will not normally be seen as grounds for granting of Access Arrangements.
For conditions that occurred after the application deadline, please email the UCAT ANZ Office for advice at least 5 business days in advance of your test appointment. Note: We cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate requests for test accommodations after the application deadline.
Please follow the steps below to submit your Access Arrangements application to the UCAT ANZ Office.
Your application will be rejected if you do not provide the full evidence required by the application deadline of 5pm AEST 10 May 2019.
The steps in the Access Arrangements process are:
Step 1 - Create your Pearson VUE account
Step 2 - Email your supporting documentation from a registered health practitioner / psychologist to the UCAT ANZ Office (email@example.com) and provide the following information:
UCAT ANZ ID (obtained when you create your Pearson VUE account)
Email address (used to create your Pearson VUE account)
Preferred test centre location
Please give brief details of your condition(s)
Please tell us the access arrangements you require to sit the UCAT ANZ test. This should reflect what you are entitled to in public exams.
Step 3 - Receive email notification of Access Arrangement application outcome in approximately 5 business days.
Step 4 - Pearson VUE will contact you by phone to make your test booking. (Please expect to receive a call from Pearson VUE from a telephone number you will not recognise.)
All queries regarding Access Arrangements and Test Accommodations should be emailed to the UCAT ANZ Office, not Pearson VUE Customer Services.
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 within this time please email the UCAT ANZ Office and we will check on progress. Before contacting us please check that an email has not been sent to your junk or spam folder.
If your application has been rejected and you have any queries regarding this decision please email the UCAT ANZ Office by 10 May 2019 (with additional evidence if necessary).
Candidates expecting to offer different evidence of their condition should email the UCAT ANZ Office for advice before booking their test.
For conditions that occurred after the application deadline, please email the UCAT ANZ Office for advice in advance of your test appointment. Note: We cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate requests for test accommodations after the application deadline.
If you are not currently entitled to extra time or accommodations in public examinations but feel that your disability or medical condition may make you eligible, you should email the UCAT ANZ Office to discuss your situation by 5pm AEST 10 May 2019. We will need to see medical evidence from a specialist or general practitioner. This evidence should be recent, detail the circumstances and explain explicitly why alternative examination arrangements are required. We are unlikely to support requests where there is not a clear medical recommendation that extra time or accommodations should be granted.
If you do not think that your particular needs will be met by the access arrangements on offer you should email the UCAT ANZ Office and include your supporting evidence. We will then advise you on your options. The deadline for any requests is 5pm AEST 10 May 2019.