UCAT ANZ

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

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:

  • 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)

  • Adjustable height desk (subject to test centre availability)
  • 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.

    Diabetics should refer to this Information Sheet to assess whether they need to apply for access arrangements.

What access arrangements do not require approval?

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
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 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?

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

Please complete an access arrangements application (available when applications open) with correct supporting evidence. You must have already registered an account with Pearson VUE and know your candidate ID (in the format ANZ12345678 - given top left of account).

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.