What are We Allowed To Bring to the UCAT Exam?

UCAT Exam

2020-06-26

In this article, we go over a list of comfort aids, as well as other access arrangements which do not require pre-approval for the UCAT.

UCAT comfort aid list

What is the UCAT Comfort Aid List?

The official UCAT website has a link to a list of comfort aids that can be used during the UCAT. These include a range of medicines, medical devices, comfort items and mobility devices, which are permitted for both on-site and online UCAT candidates. 

Items on the comfort list do not require prior arrangement or approval, but items will still be inspected by the staff during the check-in. Check the comfort aids list carefully and note what you are allowed to bring and use during the UCAT.

If there is anything else that you need, you may be able to request access arrangements. Details of the access arrangement for UCAT 2020 will become available shortly in this webpage.

The items below require neither prior approval nor supporting evidence. However, you may still need to arrange prior approval in advance (at least five working days before your test).

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What About Headphones or Earplugs?

If you are sitting the UCAT at a test centre, you will be supplied with headphones or earplugs. However, online UCAT candidates will not be allowed to use their own headphones or earplugs.

Presumably, this is because:

  1. Online UCAT candidates are already sitting the test in a quiet place in isolation
  2. Risk of cheating can be minimized by disallowing personal headphones for online UCAT candidates.
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What About Wheelchair Access or Adjustable Height Desk?

Wheelchair access or adjustable height desk at a test centre is subject to availability at the test centre and prior arrangement is required.

What About Overlays?

Coloured overlays require prior arrangement and must be supplied by the candidate. They will be inspected by staff during check-in for on-site UCAT candidates. Overlays are not permitted for online UCAT.

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What About Screen Magnification and ZoomText?

All UCAT tests, on-site or online, will have the functionality to zoom in and out (‘Control +’ to zoom in, ‘Control -’ to zoom out).

ZoomText requires prior arrangement for on-site UCAT candidates. Online UCAT candidates must have the 2019 or 2020 version of the ZoomText on their computer. It is mandatory that the reader features are turned off.

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