Candidates with Disabilities

This page covers special examination arrangements for candidates with disabilities. 

  • Candidates may require additional time for the test (e.g. dyslexia) 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.


If you book the UKCATSEN, you do not need to supply UKCAT with evidence of your medical condition. The UKCAT universities, to which you apply, will ask you to send evidence to them later in the admissions cycle. Your UKCAT result may be declared void if you do not present adequate supporting evidence when it is asked for by one of the universities.  Your universities will normally require the following evidence:


  • If you are currently at school, college or University, an official letter stating that on the basis of a diagnosis from a qualified medical practitioner, educational psychologist or specialist teacher you are currently entitled to additional time in public examinations (or have had additional time in public examinations within the last two years) or
  • If you are no longer at school, college or University, a post-16 year’s diagnosis or report from a qualified medical practitioner or educational psychologist that explicitly recommends additional time in public examinations.


If you are not sure if you are eligible to take the UKCATSEN or if you would normally expect to offer different evidence of your condition, please contact UKCAT before booking your test.


For all other types of disability or medical conditions, medical evidence from a specialist or general practitioner is required.  Evidence should be recent and detail your circumstances and explain explicitly why you need alternative examination arrangements.  We are unlikely to support requests where there is not a clear medical recommendation that you should be granted additional time.


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.



If you do not think that the UKCATSEN will meet your particular needs please contact UKCAT.  You may like to review our information regarding exemptions.


Special Exam Arrangements

Candidates may require a particular test-centre environment due to a medical condition or disability. This may also apply if you need to take medication 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 you can arrange for these to be left with the invigilator. 
  • Once started the test cannot be paused to take a break.  If you need to take a break during the test in order to access medication you may raise your hand and the invigilator will assist you.  However you need to note that the test will continue running during this time and you will lose time. 


If you have such requirements please register and then contact Customer Services who will advise you how to proceed.  Special examination arrangements cannot be handled by our online booking system.  Please ensure you have recent medical evidence to support your request.  


If you have already registered and booked a test date you need to contact Customer Services immediately.  It is possible that subject to your needs your test date, time or place may need to be changed.


If we agree to special examination arrangements, the test centre will be aware of these when you arrive.  If you require special exam arrangements but take your test without organising these in advance we will not accept this as an extenuating circumstance.