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UCAT Dates and Prices

Please note, due to COVID-19 the below dates are subject to change.

The UCAT date is different for 2020 and starts later than usual, because of COVID-19 restrictions. This year, registration opened on July 1, and testing is planned to take place between August 3 and October 1.

These dates are subject to change. UCAT recommends that you sit the exam as soon as you can, in case localised lockdowns force test centres to close and you need to reschedule.

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UCAT Dates

The key UCAT dates for the 2020 cycle are outlined below:

Registration and booking:1st July 2020
Bursary scheme opens:TBC
Test start date:3rd August 2020
Registration and online booking closes:TBC
Bursary deadline:TBC
Final booking deadline:TBC
Last testing date:1st October 2020
UCAS application deadline:15th October 2020 at 6PM
Results delivered to universities:early November 2020

If you’re sitting the test in Australia or New Zealand, visit our UCAT ANZ test dates page.

When Is The Best Time To Take The UCAT?

UCAT has stated that “given uncertainty regarding the ongoing impact of COVID-19 in the UK and internationally we would advise candidates to test as early as possible.”

This means that the best time to take the UCAT is as early as possible.

In previous years, some students preferred to sit the UCAT test early and free their time up to focus on other aspects of the admission process, such as work experience and grades – and to prepare for the BMAT if they need to. Others preferred to sit the UCAT later on, and benefit from extra time revising and preparing.

You may still prefer to sit the exam towards the end of the testing period, but this is risky. We don’t know what will happen with the COVID-19 outbreak, and we don’t know if another lockdown will be enforced or if test centres will be forced to close again. The later you leave it, the fewer chances you’ll get to re-book.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which strategy will work best for you, your learning style and your schedule. No matter what you choose, we strongly recommend registering early. Don’t wait too long, or your chosen date might be gone.

UCAT Price

The UCAT price for 2020 were announced as follows:

Tests taken in the EU between 1st July and 31st August 2020:£55
Tests taken in the EU between 1st September and 6th October 2020:£80
Tests taken outside the EU:£115

 

If you’re taking the test in Australia or New Zealand, you can see the costs below:

Australia or New Zealand:$299
Concessions (Australia only):$199

 

Where Can I Find UCAT Test Centres?

You can usually find UCAT test centres in most UK cities, since it’s taken at Pearson Vue centres. You’ll need to register with Pearson Vue before you can see where you can book the exam.

International students will be able to find test centres in their home countries, too.

But, please be aware that “it is likely that test centre availability will continue to be limited internationally; some test centres remain closed and where they can be opened, social distancing requirements are being put in place,” according to UCAT.

The best way to find your nearest centre is to search on the Test Centre Locator. Before selecting one of the centres, don’t forget to register for the exam.


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