The UCAT Consortium has confirmed that testing will take place in test centres for 2021. They said they were confident that by the time test booking opens, their testing network will be able to accommodate all candidates – but if the pandemic impacts test centre availability, there is a contingency plan.
For the 2021 testing period, you can register from June and take the test in July, August and September.
The key dates for 2021 have been confirmed by the UCAT office, but they could change if there’s an update to COVD-19 restrictions in the UK.
|Registration opens: |
Bursary and access arrangement applications
|June 2, 2021|
|Test booking opens:||June 28, 2021|
|Test start date:||July 26, 2021|
|UCAT registration deadline:||September 22, 2021|
|Web booking closes:||September 22, 2021|
|Access arrangement (UCATSEN) deadline:||September 22, 2021|
|Final booking deadline:||September 28, 2021|
|Bursary deadline:||September 29, 2021|
|Last testing date:||September 29, 2021|
|UCAS application deadline:||October 15, 2021|
|Results delivered to universities:||Early November 2021|
It costs £75 to sit the UCAT in the UK.
In previous years, it was cheaper to sit the test early. In 2020 tests in July and August cost £55 and tests after that cost £80. It’s not clear if this will be the case in 2021, or if you’ll have to pay the flat fee of £75.
Tests outside the UK cost £120. Fees for the UCAT ANZ are different and detailed here.
If you are in financial need, you can apply for a bursary to cover the cost of the exam fee. Full details here.
Once UCAT registration opens on June 2, 2021, you’ll have to create an online account. When you register you should:
You don’t have to book your test date at the same time as you register – you can do this at a later date.
Once you’re registered, you’ll be able to apply for UCATSEN or other access arrangements, and for a bursary.
If you don’t register before the deadline, you won’t be able to sit the UCAT.
You can usually find UCAT test centres in most UK cities since it’s taken at Pearson Vue centres. International students will be able to find test centres in their home countries, too.
In previous years, some students preferred to sit an early UCAT test date. This gives you the benefit of freeing up your time up to focus on other aspects of the admission process, such as work experience and grades – and to prepare for the BMAT if you need to.
Others preferred to sit a later UCAT test date to benefit from extra revision and UCAT prep time.
Last year, however, the official advice was to choose an early UCAT test date. That’s because things were so unpredictable with COVID-19 that it was safer to have time to re-take the test if you experienced technical issues.
UCAT told candidates last year: “We strongly recommend that candidates sit their test at their earliest opportunity to ensure they have a valid test result for their university application before testing closes for 2020. If candidates leave testing to the last day(s) of this contingency test period and experience another issue we may struggle to support them with retests and/or the delivery of their results may be delayed.”
This is something you need to factor in when you choose a UCAT test date.
If you need to reschedule your exam, you can call Pearson VUE to request this but you cannot make this request over email. It’s important to be aware that the closer you get to the final test date, the fewer available slots there are so it becomes harder to reschedule the test.
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