Test Experience

You can take the Test Centre Tour to find out what a UK Pearson Professional Centre looks like and what candidates can expect on arrival or watch the video below.



Personal belongings

You will be asked to store your personal belongings in a locker at the test centre. Personal belongings (including bags, coats, papers, books, pens, watches, wallets, keys, IDs, mobile phones, sweets, and drinks) are not allowed into the testing room. For clarity, nothing is allowed into the testing room apart from you and the indoor clothes you are wearing. This includes water or other drinks.


You will be allocated a desk space at which you will find your PC and space for your note board.  There will be other people taking tests in the same room as you and there may be some limited disturbance as other test takers arrive and leave the room. The test centre will endeavour for such disturbance to be kept to a minimum. You can request ear plugs or headphones if you think this would be disturbing.


A simple on-screen calculator will be available to assist you in quantitative reasoning. To access this you will need to click on the icon in the top left hand side of your screen. The calculator will look similar to this:

The calculator has been included within the timed practice tests. We strongly advise you to use the calculator when taking the practice tests in order to familiarise yourself with the functionality.

In the live test the calculator closes when you click away or move to another question.  You can recall it by clicking on the icon.  Your current calculations should be retained.  To clear the calculator click the ON/C button. You can use the mouse or the number pad on your keyboard to operate the calculator.  Make sure the ‘Num Lock’ is on for the number pad to work. 

Please note that due to limitations with the web browser format the practice test calculator does not retain calculations when you click away or move to another question.

If you require assistance with the calculator during the test please raise your hand.

Booklet and pen

You will be given a laminated booklet and a permanent marker pen to make notes during the test. If you need another booklet during the test, please raise your hand and request one from the invigilator. Please note that these booklets are not erasable.

The invigilator will have checked the pen is working before giving it to you. However you may wish to check this before you start the test to avoid the need to seek assistance during testing.  If you are not given a laminated notebook and pen when you enter the test room, please request them by raising your hand. Not requesting a laminated notebook and pen during your test will not be considered a mitigating circumstance.


Please note that once started the test cannot be paused whilst you take a break. If you need to take a break during the test in order to access medication or to use the centre toilets then you may raise your hand and the invigilator will assist you in leaving the test room. However you need to note that the test will continue running during this time and you will lose time whilst out of the test room.


If you experience hardware/software problems, noise disturbance, illness or other distractions that affect your ability to take the exam, you must notify the invigilator immediately by raising your hand.  If you do not do this, then such events will not usually be investigated after testing – especially where it is possible that had you reported the incident, the issue could have been resolved by the invigilator.  Please see the Test Day Problems page for more details.

Candidate Rules

Please familiarise yourself with the UKCAT Professional Examination Rules before your test.

Test Day