The University Clinical Aptitude Test is used in the selection process by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand

UCAT ANZ Access Arrangements

Applications for access arrangements closed on 4 May 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 by the UCAT ANZ Office before you book your test. Access arrangements applications must be accompanied by suitable official documentation.

Access Arrangements applications open: 3 February 2020
Booking opens: 2 March 2020
Deadline for Access Arrangements applications: 4 May 2020 at 5pm AEST

Booking closes: 11 May 2020 at 11.59pm AEST
Late booking deadline: 18 May 2020 at 11.59pm AEST

What access arrangements can be provided? 

You must apply for approval for the following access arrangements:

  • UCATSA - standard test time with 5 minute rest breaks between sections

  • UCATSEN - 25% extra time

  • UCATSENSA - 25% extra time with 5 minute rest breaks between sections​

  • Separate room (subject to availability)

  • Access to medical items or medically necessary food/drink at your workstation (e.g. for diabetes) not included on the comfort aids list (refer to Comfort Aids further down this page under Accommodations). This arrangement requires a separate room, which is subject to test centre availability.

How do I apply for access arrangements?

Applications for access arrangements closed on 4 May 2020.

Please complete an access arrangements application below with correct supporting evidence. You must have registered an account with Pearson VUE and know your candidate ID (in the format ANZ + 8 digits). 

Applications open: 3 February 2020 
Application deadline: 5pm AEST on 4 May 2020

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. Please do not submit multiple applications.

For conditions that occurred after the deadline, please email the UCAT ANZ Office for advice as soon as possible. 

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

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 the practitioner's official letterhead including the date and title, name, registration number, contact details, and signature of the practitioner. 

  • For disabilities or health related needs, other than learning disabilities, 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 and include a statement as to what adjustments the practitioner considers appropriate for the candidate in test settings. 


If you require any of the following accommodations you should email the UCAT ANZ Office for approval by 18 May 2020 so arrangements can be made for your test. You do not need to provide supporting evidence:

  • Wheelchair access*

  • Adjustable height desk*

  • Changes to the test colour scheme and font size (information sheet)

  • Coloured overlays (provided by the candidate)

*subject to test centre availability.

Comfort aids
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

Earplugs can be requested at most test centres. At test centres where earplugs are available, candidates must use the earplugs provided and cannot use their own. Some test centres do not provide earplugs and candidates who wish to use them will need to bring their own. See this link for test centres that do NOT provide earplugs.

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.

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.

  • Umlimited, 'on request' or 'stop the clock' 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.


What if my access arrangements cannot be met?

You should still register and make an Access Arrangements application with supporting evidence. We will then assess your application and advise you how to proceed. We will consider applications from 3 February 2020 and the deadline for any requests is 5pm AEST on 4 May 2020.