There are four extended versions of the UCAT test for anyone who is entitled to access arrangements. UCATSEN is the best known, which gives 25% extra time for people with special educational needs.

What is UCATSEN?

UCATSEN is one of four extended versions of the UCAT, designed to support people with special educational needs.

The four extended versions of the UCAT are:

  • UCATSEN, which gives you 25% extra time (150 minutes)
  • UCATSA, which gives you a five-minute rest break between sections but no extra time for the test
  • UCATSENSA, which gives you a combination of 25% extra time and a five-minute rest between sections
  • UCATSEN50, which gives you 50% extra time

Am I Eligible For UCATSEN?

You may be entitled to sit the UCATSEN if you have one or more of the following:

  • Cognition and learning needs such as Dyslexia or Dyscalculia.
  • Communication and interaction needs – for example, Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
  • Sensory and physical needs such as hearing or vision impairment or physical disability.
  • Social, mental and emotional needs – for example, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or mental health conditions.

Check the official UCAT access arrangement page for more details on the UK or the ANZ websites.


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When Should I Apply For UCATSEN?

You can apply for access arrangements from the date when UCAT registration opens.

Extra time, rest breaks or special test centre accommodations must be approved by the UCAT Office before you book your test. You should apply for these at least 10 working days before you intend to book your test.

What Evidence Do I Need?

If you need to provide evidence to support your application for UCATSEN, you’ll need to get a signed letter on headed paper from your school or college. It needs to outline some specific information about the accommodations you’re entitled to and the basis of this entitlement. See details here for the UK and details here for ANZ.


Tips for UCATSEN tend to mirror general advice for the UCAT exam: prepare early, and tailor your approach to each of the five sections.

Check out these UCATSEN-specific tips from Teddy, a Medical School student who has ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia and scored 763 in her test!


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