Candidates with Disabilities

This page covers special examination arrangements for candidates with disabilities. 

  • Candidates may require additional time for the test and in this case will sit the UKCATSEN (Special Educational Needs) which is 25% longer than the standard UKCAT.
  • Candidates may require a particular test-centre environment due to a medical condition or disability and will need to arrange this in advance of their test.



Candidates should book the UKCATSEN if they are entitled to additional time for public examinations based upon a medical diagnosis or report from a specialist teacher. This is likely to relate to candidates with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia, attention deficit disorder or working memory deficit. This may also apply to a range of other medical conditions.

Candidates do not need to supply UKCAT with evidence of their medical condition to book the UKCATSEN.  If a candidate has sat the UKCATSEN the Universities to which they have applied will ask for the following evidence to be sent to them during their admissions cycle:

Candidates currently in education
An official letter from their school, college or University that states that on the basis of a diagnosis from a qualified medical practitioner, educational psychologist or specialist teacher the candidate is currently entitled to additional time in public examinations (or have had additional time in public examinations within the last two years).

Candidates not currently in education

A post-16 year’s diagnosis or report from a qualified medical practitioner or educational psychologist that explicitly recommends additional time in public examinations.


A candidate’s UKCAT result may be declared void if they do not present adequate supporting evidence when it is asked for by one of the universities.

Candidates unsure whether they are eligible to take the UKCATSEN or expecting to offer different evidence of their condition should contact UKCAT directly before booking their test.

For all other types of disability or medical conditions, medical evidence from a specialist or general practitioner is required.  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 additional time should be granted.

The UKCATSEN is not intended for candidates for whom English is an additional language. It is for those with learning difficulties or medical conditions for which they require additional time in examinations.

Special Exam Arrangements

Candidates may require a particular test-centre environment due to a medical condition or disability. This may also apply if medication needs to be accessed during testing.

Due to the nature of the test and the test centre environment there are limitations on what arrangements can be made:

  • Candidates are not allowed to take anything into the testing room.  In the case of asthma inhalers, diabetic testing kits or other medicines arrangements can be made for these to be left with the invigilator. 
  • Once started, the test cannot be paused to take a break.  If a break is required candidates should raise their hand and the invigilator will assist them.  However the test will continue running during this time. 

Special examination arrangements cannot be handled by the online booking system and need to be arranged in advance.  Candidates should register with Pearson VUE and then contact Pearson VUE Customer Services who will advise them how to proceed.  Recent medical evidence will be required to support any requests for special examination arrangements.  

Candidates who have booked a test date need to contact Pearson VUE Customer Services immediately.  It is possible that subject to their needs the test date, time or place may need to be changed.  Testing without special exam arrangements in place will not be accepted as a mitigating circumstance.


Candidates who do not think that the UKCATSEN or special examination arrangements will meet their particular needs should contact UKCAT directly and present supporting evidence.