We offer a number of access arrangements, such as extra testing time and accommodations, for candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries.
Extra Testing Time
Candidates who are entitled to additional time for public examinations based upon a medical diagnosis or report from a specialist teacher should book the SEN (Special Educational Needs) version of their test which is 25% longer.
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.
Evidence of entitlement
Candidates do not need to supply us with evidence of their medical condition to book a SEN test. However, they should note that their result may be declared void if they cannot evidence their entitlement to extra time when it is requested by their chosen universities.
If a candidate has sat a SEN test the Universities to which they have applied will ask for the following evidence to be sent to them during their admissions cycle:
UKCATSEN or SJTaceSEN 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).
UKCATSEN or SJTaceSEN 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.
Candidates unsure whether they are eligible to take a SEN test, expecting to offer different evidence of their condition or believe the SEN will not meet their needs should contact the UKCAT Consortium 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 SEN tests are not intended for candidates for whom English is an additional language.
Paper versions of a test are not available under any circumstances.
Test accommodations cannot be handled by the online booking system and need to be arranged in advance. Candidates should first register for their test and then contact Pearson VUE Customer Services who will advise them how to proceed. Recent medical evidence will usually be required to support any requests.
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 accommodations in place will not be accepted as a mitigating circumstance.
Due to the nature of the test and the test centre environment there are limitations on what accommodations can be permitted.
The following accommodations must be arranged in advance of testing:
A separate room* (medical evidence required)
Adjustable height desk*
Access to medication, medical equipment or medically necessary food/drink
Changes to the test colour scheme and font size (medical evidence required)
Coloured overlays (if provided by candidate)
*subject to test centre availability.
Pearson VUE provide a list of Comfort Aids which are allowed in the testing room after visual inspection by test centre staff. No other items are allowed in the testing room without an approved accommodation, this includes water.
Any unapproved items will need to be stored in a locker and can only be used outside the testing room. If they are required during testing candidates should raise their hand and the invigilator will assist them. However the test will continue running during this time.
Candidates who do not think that their particular needs will be met by the access arrangements on offer should contact the UKCAT Consortium directly and include their supporting evidence. They should make contact at least 10 working days before registration closes for their test.