Live Updates: COVID-19 and Medical School Admissions

UCAT Exam

2020-08-13

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to be felt for medical school admissions. Here, we provide you with a compilation of official updates relevant to medical school admissions to make sure you are all up-to-date.

Last updated Thursday 13th August 2020 8.16 AM

Since the situation can change rapidly at any time, we are monitoring various information sources closely to update this page. So stay healthy, check this post regularly and continue with your academic studies and preparation for admission tests.

Updates on the UCAT:

The UCAT registration is now open, from 1st July 2020. Follow this link to register.

On 1st June, Pearson VUE has stated that the UCAT exam will take place between 3rd August and 1st October.

On 22nd June, the UCAT has confirmed that registration will open on 1 July. Candidates taking the test at test centres will have access to physical note boards and pens and candidates testing at home will be allowed to use an erasable whiteboard. All candidates will also have access to the onscreen scratch pad. Read more about the online and offline testing options in the official testing guides (online / offline).

Read about the new scratch pad tool for the UCAT. Medify has introduced the scratch pad tool for its online UCAT course too. You can also see an example of how to use the scratch pad to solve a question in this link.

On 30th July 2020, the UCAT has advised that face coverings are required at test centres in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Visit the Pearson VUE website for requirements and advice on health and safety.

For further information, read our blog article: COVID-19: UCAT FAQ. 

Updates on the GAMSAT:

On 8th July 2020, ACER has advised that registrations for the September 2020 GAMSAT are open. Follow this link for further information. The September 2020 GAMSAT information booklet is available here.

On 2nd July 2020, ACER has released the results of the May 2020 GAMSAT.

Updates on medical school admissions process: 

The following was announced by UCAS on Tuesday 5th May 2020.

The Medical Schools Council have confirmed that “medical schools will treat the grades awarded to you this year in the same way as qualifications awarded in any other year.”

All medical schools are obliged to fulfill and conform to the UCAS rules in relation to applications. So,“if you meet the conditions of your offer you will have a place at medical school.”

The Medical Schools Council have stated that the “impact of these issues on medical admissions is unclear but medical schools are actively engaging in these discussions and are working hard to develop solutions that are fair to applicants.”

It is advised that all students check with medical schools they have gained an offer with via each school's website.

Updates on GCSE and A-Level examinations: 

On the 20th March 2020, the government announced that schools would close and all exams have been cancelled. A mixture of your teacher’s assessments, mock exam results, past performances in school assessments and coursework and your predicted grade will make up your final grades for each subject.

On the 5th May 2020, Ofqual announced their discussions of finalising grades came to an end on 29th April 2020.

Students in year 10 and under will receive calculated grades. However, private candidates will have to provide evidence of work towards calculated grades.

For further information on these decisions please click here.

Updates on university assessments: 

All universities are closed and all in-person examinations have been cancelled but some universities have moved their teaching and exams online. 

If you haven’t heard from your universities, please check with your course tutors for further guidance. 

Updates on the BMAT:

Due to COVID-19, the BMAT – September test session will not go ahead this year.

The BMAT – November test session will take place on 4 November 2020.

For further information, please click here.


For now, please take good care of yourselves and each other and make use of this quiet self-isolation time to recharge, revise and prepare for when everything gets back to normal. 

Please bookmark this page and keep checking back here for regular updates.

Be well,

Medify

Studying for the UCAT ANZ instead? Here is the link to the ANZ Live Update page.

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