Are you wondering about accessibility ahead of the UCAT exam? If you have a disability of any kind, you may be entitled to special arrangements or help with access. Read on to find out more...
Whether you require a separate room to complete the exam or access to medical items, the UCAT will ensure your experience is as comfortable and accommodating as it needs to be.
Here’s a rundown of the evidence you may need to supply in order to receive the access arrangements you require:
Should you need a separate room to sit the test, you will need to supply a recent, signed letter from your college, university or school. This must be on headed paper and it must confirm why you are entitled to this arrangement.
For example, your letter could be a diagnosis from a qualified medical practitioner. Alternatively, your evidence could include details of an assessment by a specialist teacher or educational psychologist. Your letter should include evidence of why you need to test in a room on your own.
You may be entitled to 25% or 50% extra time in your exam and/or rest breaks. You must have a letter that explicitly states the amount of extra time you require and for each rest break. As evidence, you will need the same signed letter, as above.
You may need food at your desk. For example, if you’re diabetic. Alternatively, you may need to know that necessary medical items are nearby, such as an inhaler. This arrangement may mean you will need a separate room, as above, and this is generally subject to availability. In this instance, you will need to supply the same letter and evidence, as above.
Yes. If you cannot provide a letter, as detailed above, you may be able to supply a copy of a ‘JCQ Form 8 Application for Access Arrangements’. This must first be completed and signed by the Head of Centre/SENco and Assessor.
If you don’t have that, a report from an educational psychologist or a specialist teacher with the appropriate qualification may suffice. Be aware that this must recommend the amount of extra time you are allowed during the exam, if that’s the case.
If you don’t have either of the above, you can supply a recent letter (dated 2020) from a specialist. This can include a consultant, psychologist or psychiatrist and it should lay out your situation, including any medical recommendations for extra time or access arrangements.
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