Candidates should familiarise themselves with the UKCAT Consortium Examination Rules before sitting their test.
Test Centre Environment
Candidates should take the Test Centre Tour to see what a UK Pearson VUE test centre looks like and what to expect on arrival or they can watch the video below.
Once the check-in procedure has been completed candidates are taken into the testing room and allocated a desk space at which they will find a PC, keyboard and space for a note board. There will be other people taking tests in the same room 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. Candidates can request ear plugs or headphones if they think this would be disturbing.
Candidates will be asked to store their 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. No hats of any kind or other head coverings are allowed in the testing room, with the exception of religious apparel and head wear that is worn for medical reasons. Only hair clips and hairbands that are small and thin (less than 1/2 inch wide) are permitted.
For clarity, nothing is allowed into the testing room apart from the indoor clothes worn. This includes water or other drinks. Candidates needing to take medication during their test should see the Access Arrangements page for more details.
A simple on-screen calculator will be available for the decision making and quantitative reasoning subtests. To access this click on the icon in the top left hand side of the screen. The calculator will look similar to this:
The calculator has been included within the timed practice tests. We strongly advise candidates to use the calculator when taking the practice tests in order to familiarise themselves with the functionality.
In the live test the calculator closes when clicking away or moving to another question. It can be recalled by clicking on the icon; current calculations should be retained. To clear the calculator click the ON/C button. The calculator can be operated by using the mouse or the number pad on the keyboard; ensure that '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 clicking away or moving to another question.
In the practice test calculator decimal numbers need to be entered in full (e.g. 0.5 not .5). In the live test calculator decimal numbers can be entered either way.
If a candidate requires assistance with the calculator during their test they should raise their hand to attract the invigilator.
Keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate through the test if candidates find this preferable to using the mouse. Wherever there is a letter underlined, the Alt key can be used with the underlined letter as a keyboard short cut. An example would be Alt + N = Next (as displayed below) and Alt + P = Previous.
The shortcuts available at any time during the test depend on which screen is currently being viewed.
Keyboard shortcuts cannot be used to select answers to questions; this has to be done by using the mouse to select the desired response, and in some cases to drag and drop an answer.
Candidates can familiarise themselves with this, and all navigation aspects of the test, by using the practice tests available on our website.
Note board and pen
Candidates will be given a laminated note board and a permanent marker pen to make notes during their test. If another note book is required during the test, candidates should raise their hand and request one from the invigilator. Please note that these note boards are not erasable.
The invigilator will have checked the pen is working before giving it out. Test takers may wish to check this before they start to avoid the need to seek assistance during testing. Candidates not given a laminated note board and pen when they enter the test room, should request them by raising their hand. Not requesting a laminated note board and pen during a test will not be considered a mitigating circumstance.
Please note that once started the test cannot be paused to take a break. Candidates needing to take a break during the test in order to access medication or to use the centre toilets may raise their hand and the invigilator will assist them in leaving the test room. However the test will continue running during this time and the test time will countdown whilst out of the test room.
Candidates experiencing hardware/software problems, noise disturbance, illness or other distractions that affect their ability to take their test must notify the invigilator immediately by raising their hand. If they do not do this, then such events will not usually be investigated after testing – especially where it is possible that had an incident been reported, the issue could have been resolved by the invigilator. Please see the information on Mitigating Circumstances for more details.