UCAT Online: Why, How and Regulations

UCAT Exam

2020-06-16

On 1st June 2020, it was announced that the UCAT may be sat at a Pearson VUE test centre or at the comfort of your home in 2020. Here, we provide you with a summary of why the online delivery option is being offered, how it will be run, and key regulations to note.

The UCAT registration and booking is planned to open on 1st July 2020, with tests taking place between 3rd August and 1st October 2020.

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Why the Online UCAT?

In the current COVID-19 context, social distancing requirements and closures of some testing centres make it likely that the test centre availability will be limited. 

As a result, the UCAT has decided to let candidates choose whether to take their tests in a traditional way (at a Pearson VUE test centre) or through an online delivery system known as OnVue, to ensure that they can accommodate all candidates while complying with governmental regulations.

The Online UCAT is available in most countries, except in the following countries: Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Sudan and Syria.

The official online UCAT candidate guide can be found in this link.

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How Does an OnVue exam work?

First, you will need to run a system test. This involves following the instructions in this link to download and run the OnVue application using your access code. Of course, this has to be done on the same device and network (i.e. internet connection) you will use for the actual exam. 

You will then need to login to your account to schedule your exam. On the scheduled date and time, you will need to login to your account to sit the exam.

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What are the System Requirements?

You will need a device with Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Mac OS 10.13 and above installed. Your display screen must have a minimum resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels. Tablets are forbidden unless you have a physical keyboard. 

Your internet connection will need to have a consistent download/upload speed of 1 Mbps. Mobile hotspot tethering is prohibited. You will need to have a functioning webcam and microphone (also see below on monitoring).

Further information on system requirements can be found in this link.

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How Will Cheating Be Prevented?

To ensure the integrity of testing, an offsite proctor will monitor your exam through your webcam and microphone. The testing session protocol is very thorough and includes these measures:

  • Your room must be free from disruptions and no one else may be present with you during the testing session.
  • A photo of you and your ID will be taken for ID verification using face-matching technology.
  • Your work area, surrounding walls, floor and ceiling will need to be scanned using your webcam or phone camera.
  • You may be asked to turn out your pockets, roll up your sleeves, lift your tie and pull your hair back. This is to prevent any notes or devices from being hidden from the proctor.
  • No breaks will be permitted and you will not be allowed to leave your room or out of the proctor’s view.

For further details, please refer to information in this link.

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