The UCATSEN (Special Educational Needs) is a version of the UCAT designed to make the test more accessible to students with learning needs, usually by giving them more time.

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

If you are uncertain if you are eligible to sit the UCATSEN, you can check the UCAT website for further information.

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Did you know, we’ve got courses specifically for UCATSEN? Now available live online.

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What’s The Difference Between UCAT and UCATSEN?

The main difference between UCAT and UCATSEN is time: UCATSEN candidates will have 25% longer to complete the test. This means that you would have two and a half hours, instead of the usual two hours.

But the questions and format are the same.

Here is a breakdown of the extra time you will receive if you qualify:

SectionQuestionUCAT TimeUCATSEN Time
Verbal Reasoning4422 minutes27.5 minutes
Decision Making2932 minutes40 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning3625 minutes31.25 minutes
Abstract Reasoning5514 minutes17.5 minutes
Situational Judgement6927 minutes33.75 minutes
Total233120 minutes150 minutes

When should I Apply For UCATSEN?

Please note, the information below is subject to change in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Applications for Access Arrangements can be made from when registration opens.

The 2020 deadline for access arrangement requests was originally set at midday (BST) on 22nd September, 2020. But this is likely to change.

All requests need to be arranged at least 10 working days before the date of your test. Some will require you to apply for approval before booking your exam.

For Special Access Arrangements (such as 50% extra time, or five minutes’ rest break between sections), you will need to apply to the UCAT office for approval before booking.

For other accommodations, such as wheelchair access or changes to font size, you do not need supporting evidence.

However, requests must be requested at least 10 working days before your test.


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

We’ve got some UCATSEN-specific tips from Teddy, a medical school applicant who has ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia, who scored 763 in her examination.

Read more of Teddy’s UCATSEN tips here.

Don’t forget to check out our UCATSEN Course.

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