UCAT Access Arrangements: What are They? Who Can Apply?

UCAT

2020-03-11

Are you about to take the UCAT? If you have a disability, you might be thinking about access arrangements or perhaps you’re not sure what kind of access arrangements you’re entitled to. In our latest blog, we hope to answer some of your queries to help you better prepare for the day of the test.

UCAT Access Arrangements for Students with a disability:

We should start by pointing out that the UCAT website does state that the information supplied online is subject to change, with arrangements for the 2020 test cycle due to be updated in April 2020. For now, though, let’s take a look at some key advice.

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What are UCAT access arrangements?

If you are a student with a disability, you’ll want the reassurance that you can take the test comfortably and you’ll be pleased to discover that UCAT is committed to ensuring everything runs as smoothly for you as possible.

Access arrangement can include four different versions of the test:

  • UCATSEN: You get 25% extra test time
  • UCATSA: You get five minutes of rest break before each section
  • UCATSENSA: You get 25% extra test time and five minutes of rest break before each section
  • UCATSEN50: You get 50% extra test time

All your access arrangements must be planned, with UCAT requiring that you apply for approval before you book a test. Be aware that testing without access arrangements in place will not be accepted as a mitigating circumstance.

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Am I eligible for UCAT access requirements?

You may be entitled to access arrangements if you have cognitive and learning needs (such as dyslexia or dyscalculia); communication and interaction needs, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or sensory and physical needs (a hearing or vision impairment or physical disability).

If you have social, mental and emotional needs, such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or any other mental health condition, you may also be eligible for some extra assistance. 

Candidates with different conditions or a short-term injury or illness should contact the UCAT Consortium office for advice by emailing ucat@nottingham.ac.uk. You should also refer to its information on mitigating circumstances

Be aware that extra time will not be granted if your difficulties are primarily caused by English not being your first language, or if they only relate to handwriting issues.

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How do I apply for UCAT access arrangements?

You must apply for approval to sit the UCATSEN, or have special arrangements in place; the UCAT site has all the information you need, including which access arrangements require approval and which do not.

To apply for access arrangements, you must first complete an Access Arrangements Application and include the correct supporting evidence. You must also be registered and know your candidate ID (in the format UKCAT + six digits).

Applications are open from Wednesday 1 July 2020 (9am) and the deadline is Thursday 17 September 2020 (midday). The UCAT site tells you what supporting evidence you’ll need and more – just click on the Access Arrangements Application link above to get started.

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