Remind the members of your household that you have an important test coming up shortly and need to be undisturbed until the test has been completed. Also remind them to minimise the use of the internet and to keep the noise level down. Placing a note on your door would also be helpful in preventing someone accidentally knocking on your door or entering your room.
Be at your desk 30 minutes before your appointment time.
On your computer, close all non-essential programs (i.e. those not needed for the UCAT).
Login to your PearsonVUE account through this link.
Under “Purchased Online Exams”, you will be able to find your scheduled exam. Click “Begin exam”.
The Check-in Process
Copy your exam access code. This is likely to be a series of nine digits (e.g. 123-456-789).
Download OnVUE, start the program and enter your exam access code.
You will be required to enter your phone number (ideally mobile phone number), which will be used to communicate any issues with the check-in or test delivery. Remember, you need to enter the country code as well. The UK country code is +44. If you are based outside the UK, you can find your country code in this link.
You will then be asked to confirm if you are 18 years of age or older, or under 18 years of age.
An automatic system check will be conducted to check your device and internet connection.
You will be required to take verification photos (can be done with your mobile phone or a webcam):
A photo of yourself
Photos of your photographic ID (front and back)
Photos of your workspace
If you are under 18 years old, a live Greeter will verify your parent/guardian’s photographic ID and obtain their consent.
You may be requested to carry out a work area scan, turn out your pockets, roll up your sleeves, and pull back your hair.
Sitting the UCAT Online
Once the check-in process is complete, you will need to wait until a proctor becomes available for you. This usually takes less than 15 minutes.
You will then sit the UCAT while being monitored by your proctor. At the beginning of the test, you will be required to show your whiteboard in front of the webcam (if you are using one).
After you’ve completed all five sections of the UCAT, your proctor will let you know via the chat function that you can end your test. If you’ve used a whiteboard, you will be required to erase all markings and hold the clean whiteboard in front of the webcam.
After the UCAT Online
Your score report will be available through your Pearson VUE account within 24 hours of completing the test.
Remember, your 2020 UCAT results can only be used for the 2021 admissions cycle.
In early November 2020, your UCAT results will be delivered automatically to your chosen universities.
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