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 Test Day

It is important to read this information to ensure your test day runs smoothly. The information below outlines the test centre experience. 

UCAT ANZ ‘Fit to Test’ Policy

Candidates who present themselves to test are declaring themselves fit to take the test. 

  • If you are aware of anything that might affect your performance on the day, you should not sit the test. This applies even if you fall ill or experience issues on the day of your test.

  • If you are not fit to test, you must reschedule your appointment to a later date, even if this means losing the test fee.

  • Do not attend a Pearson VUE Test Centre if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Follow current government guidelines and reschedule your test to a later date, after any mandatory self-isolation period.

  • If you choose to sit your test against this advice, UCAT ANZ will not accept this as a mitigating circumstance.


UCAT Exam Rules

You should familiarise yourself with the UCAT Test Centre Exam Rules before your appointment. These explain what you must do if you have any issues during testing. Please also refer to the Test Day Problems section below. 


Identification

When you check-in at the test centre you are required to present one piece of official photographic identification from the list of permitted ID. Refer to the Photo ID Policy.


Test centre check-in process

Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time to complete the check-in process and bring the following: 

  • Official photographic ID that meets the Photo ID Policy

  • Your appointment confirmation email from Pearson VUE (electronic or printed) 

If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your appointment time, you will not be allowed to take the test and you will have to book and pay for a new test appointment on another day. This applies in cases of family emergency, accident, arrest, transport problems and security alert as well as forgetfulness and lateness. 

During the check-in process:

  • Your ID will be checked.

  • You will be asked to read the UCAT ANZ Examination Rules and sign to confirm that you understand them. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with these rules before your appointment as they explain what you need to do if you experience any issues during your test.

  • Staff will take a digital photograph of you.
  • All personal belongings (including bags, coats, hats or head coverings, jewellery, watches, calculators, papers, books, pens, food/water/drinks, wallets, keys, mobile phones, smart watches, smart glasses, all electronic devices) must be placed in the lockers provided before you enter the test room. The only exceptions permitted are religious apparel, head wear that is worn for medical reasons and small hair clips/hairbands (less than 1/2 inch wide). For clarity, nothing is allowed into the test room apart from the indoor clothes worn and any permitted Comfort Aids.

  • Staff will conduct a routine visual inspection of your clothing, hands/arms and any comfort aids. This is to ensure that you do not take any non-permitted items into the test room.

If you have any concerns over the check-in process or have a medical condition / disability that you think our test centre staff should be aware of please contact Pearson VUE Customer Services at least 5 business days before your test. 

Please note that due to security, test centre receptions are restricted to test takers only. If you arrive very early for your test appointment you may be offered the opportunity to commence the test early if a workstation is available, or you may have to come back closer to your appointment time if there is not space for you to wait at the test centre. If you are offered to commence the test early and do not wish to do so, you can decline and start at your official appointment time.

Test centres do not provide waiting areas for anyone accompanying you to the test centre so you should make other arrangements to meet them when your appointment is over. The duration of the standard test is 2 hours and care should be taken when making return travel arrangements to allow adequate time at the test centre in case of unforeseen delays.

Earplugs

The majority of test centres will provide earplugs to candidates who request them. At test centres where earplugs are provided, candidates are not permitted to use their own.

Please refer to this link (TBC for 2022) for the test centres that do NOT provide earplugs to candidates. Candidates who wish to use earplugs at these test centres will need to bring their own.

Candidates sitting the test at overseas test centres (outside Australia and New Zealand) are advised to bring their own earplugs in case their test centre does not provide them. See the link above for full details about acceptable earplugs.

Test experience and environment

After the check-in process has been completed you will be taken into the testing room and allocated a desk space at which you will find a PC and keyboard. You will be provided with a laminated notebook and marker pen. If you are not given these when you enter the test room, you should request them by raising your hand. You should check that the marker pen is working before starting your test and ask for a replacement if necessary.

There will be other people taking tests in the same room (within allowed social distancing guidelines) and there may be some limited disturbance as other test takers arrive and leave the room according to their appointment time. The test centre will endeavour for such disturbance to be kept to a minimum.

Once the invigilator has launched your test, you are under exam conditions. You will be monitored at all times using CCTV and/or an in-room test invigilator.

Refer to the Test Tools page for important information about the on-screen calculator, keyboard shortcuts, and laminated note booklet and marker pen.

If you need a break to take medication or to use the toilets, 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 to limit the impact on test time. 

After completing the test, raise your hand. The invigilator will end your test and escort you from the room. 

This video shows what to expect at the test centre. Note that UCAT ANZ candidates receive their results in their Pearson VUE account within 24 hours of their test sitting, not when they leave the test centre as depicted here.


Test Day Problems

Please refer to the information below which covers the steps you should take if there is a problem during your test. 

Illness during Testing
  • If you become ill during your test, notify the invigilator.
  • If you are not well enough to continue, you should ask the invigilator to end your test. You then need to email the UCAT ANZ Office with medical documentation within 1 business day of your test sitting.
  • If you choose to continue testing, UCAT ANZ will consider this as a mitigating circumstance. 

Incidents during Testing

The UCAT ANZ Consortium and our partner Pearson VUE aim to provide a straightforward test experience in a business like environment. However, occasionally things may go wrong and we have systems in place to deal with such circumstances. 

Raising an issue during your test

  • If you experience an issue during your test, raise your hand to notify the invigilator. This includes hardware/software problems, excessive noise disturbance or other distractions.
  • If you do not raise the issue during your test, UCAT ANZ will not accept this as a mitigating circumstance.
  • The invigilator cannot answer questions related to test content.

Requesting an incident investigation

  • The reporting of an incident at the test centre does not automatically result in UCAT ANZ or Pearson VUE taking any action unless you request an incident investigation from Pearson VUE.
  • If you wish to have your case investigated please refer to the Test Incident page.