UCAT 2020 COVID-19 updates
If you are sitting the UCAT in 2020, you’ll be aware that UCAT have been delaying registration and booking dates due to COVID-19.
As of an update on 01/06/20, UCAT have announced that registration and booking for the exam will open on the 1st of July 2020.
What is changing for UCAT 2020?
The test is ordinarily taken in a Pearson VUE Centre, who administer UK driving theory tests. The test in 2020 will, for the first time, have the option of being taken at home using Pearson VUE’s online system or physically at a test centre.
This means that if social distancing measures and lockdown are still in place, candidates will still be able to sit the test for their medicine applications in 2020.
UCAT 2020 Dates
The UCAT dates for 2020 are as follows;
Booking & Registration Opens: 1st July 2020
First Testing Date: 3rd August 2020
Final Testing Date: 1st October 2020
These dates, although later than the usual UCAT testing dates, enable candidates to sit their UCAT exam before submitting their university applications by the 15th October UCAS deadline.
UCAT recommend that candidates book and sit their tests as soon as possible due to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 measures.
Whats the difference between sitting the test at home and at a test centre?
According to UCAT, there will be no differences between sitting the test at home through the OnVUE system or sitting it at a physical test centre. The content for the exam is unchanged so your preparation shouldn’t change based on this.
In order to protect the integrity of the test, the OnVUE system makes use of articifial intelligence and monitoring to ensure that the test, when taken at home, still provides the same experience as the physical test.
When you sign in to begin your test, the OnVUE system will ask for several pieces of identification which you’ll have to take a photo of, along with a photo of yourself, to prove you are who you say you are.
You’ll then be asked to take some photos of your surroundings so PearsonVUE can ensure you aren’t using notes for your exam.
During the exam, you’ll be monitored through your webcam and microphone to prevent any cheating.
How to book and sit the UCAT in 2020
UCAT will be releasing further information on how to book and sit the test in 2020 over the coming weeks. They are considering candidate safety at the forefront of all of their decisions, along with government legistlation and guidelines.
UniAdmissions will continually be updating this post and our COVID-19 post with any changes or updates made to the UCAT test.
The main take-away from this is that, although the test start date is later than usual and the testing period is shorter, nothing else is changing. Candidates, due to the lockdown, have some extra time to prepare for the UCAT over the summer which represents a strong opportunity for students who begin their preparation earlier, as they’ll have even more time.
UniAdmissions Programmes provide support for all aspects of your medicine application.
No matter what date your admissions test must be sat on, preparation for it will give you the best possible chance of success.