UKCAT Test

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test is used in the selection process by the majority of UK University Medical and Dental Schools.

Extra Time

If you are entitled to extra time and/or rest breaks for public examinations based upon a medical diagnosis or report from a specialist teacher we offer a number of versions of the UKCAT which should meet your needs.

This is likely to relate to candidates with conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia, attention deficit disorder or working memory deficit.  This may also apply to a range of other medical conditions.

UKCATSEN - 25% extra time

If you are entitled to 25% extra time for public examinations you should book the UKCATSEN.  In addition to 25% extra subtest time it has a 1 minute 15 second timed instruction section before each subtest.  It is available to book online through your Pearson VUE account.


You do not need to supply the UKCAT Office or Pearson VUE with evidence of your medical condition to book and sit the UKCATSEN.  Your evidence will be requested by your chosen Universities during their admissions cycle.  If you cannot evidence your entitlement to extra time in public examinations your UKCATSEN result may be declared void.


During the admission cycle Universities will request from you the following evidence:

If you are currently or very recently in education:   

An official letter from your school, college or university that states that on the basis of a diagnosis from a qualified medical practitioner, educational psychologist or specialist teacher you are currently entitled to extra time in public examinations (or have had extra time in public examinations within the last two years). 

If you are not currently in education:

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

Candidates expecting to offer different evidence of their condition should email the UKCAT Office for advice before booking their test.

 

Alternative Versions of the Test

Alternative versions of the UKCAT are detailed below with the timings in this guide.  You cannot book these versions of the test yourself.  Permission has to be granted by the UKCAT office once we have confirmed your eligibility.  Please leave at least 10 working days to arrange this.


UKCATSA – standard UKCAT with rest breaks

If you are entitled to rest breaks in public examinations you can sit the UKCATSA.  It has the same subtest timings as the standard UKCAT but with a 5 minute timed instruction section before each subtest.  It is not possible to pause the test outside of these scheduled breaks.


UKCATSENSA - 25% extra time and rest breaks

If you are entitled to 25% extra test time and rest breaks in public examinations you can sit the UKCATSENSA.  It has the same subtest timings as the UKCATSEN but with a 5 minute timed instruction section before each subtest.  It is not possible to pause the test outside of these scheduled breaks.


UKCATSEN50 - 50% extra time

If you are entitled to 50% extra test time in public examinations you can sit the UKCATSEN50.  In addition to 50% extra subtest time it has a 1 minute and 30 second timed instruction section before each subtest. 


If you think the UKCATSA, UKCATSENSA or UKCATSEN50 will meet your needs please register first and then email the UKCAT Office as early as possible with the following supporting evidence:

  • A letter from your school/college/university confirming your current public examination arrangements.

  • Any relevant supporting medical evidence such as an Educational Psychologist report or recent letter from a medical practitioner if appropriate.

Please quote your UKCAT ID (in the format UKCAT + 6 digits) in all correspondence.


Once we have reviewed your evidence we will confirm by email which test you are eligible for and assist you with making the booking arrangements.