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It is undoubtedly a worrying time for you at the moment, wondering just how the current global pandemic is going to impact on this year’s application process for Medicine and Dentistry. The first thing that may come to your mind is of course the UCAT ANZ. The University Clinical Aptitude Test is usually the first step in your application. It is currently used by 14 universities in Australia and New Zealand.

The current coronavirus situation is constantly changing, therefore, we strongly recommend to keep checking back to this post for real-time updates on UCAT ANZ.

Here, we are going to detail all you need to know regarding how to book the UCAT 2020 in Australia and New Zealand. This includes important UCAT 2020 dates, how to register, access arrangements and of course, COVID 19 updates. If you are preparing for the UCAT to apply to medicine in the UK, check out the blog post here which details how the UCAT is used in the UK.

COVID-19 Updates for candidates sitting the 2020 UCAT ANZ

UCAT ANZ registration opened on the 2nd March 2020 and at first closed for late bookings on the 18th May 2020. However, given the current COVID-19 situation, the UCAT Consortium announced a new final booking deadline of the 1st June 2020. This is the final date that you can book your UCAT ANZ test.

As of the 20th May, the UCAT Consortium have stated that UCAT ANZ testing will commence as planned in July.

The dates for testing are: 1st - 31st July 2020.

Social distancing regulations for UCAT ANZ

Testing will be going ahead from 1st-31st July - however, in many Pearson Vue test centres, this needs to be done with social distancing measures in place. This means that if you have already booked a test in any of the centres below, this may be changed as capacity of the centres will be reduced, so that there are social distancing spaces between each workstation. This does not affect every candidate, but those who it does affect will receive a notification to rebook their test from Pearson Vue.

The centres where these measures are in place, are:

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Canberra
  • Christchurch
  • Darwin
  • Geelong
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Parramatta
  • Perth
  • Wellington

So what does all of this mean?

Well, for Australian and New Zealand applicants, it means that testing is following the usual UCAT ANZ timeline, as detailed in our section below.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and thus constantly changing, however, Pearson Vue and the UCAT consortium are putting measures in place to minimise the disruption to the usual application timeline, whilst protecting everyone’s health and ensuring that all applicants have a chance to sit the UCAT in one their preferred centres.

UCAT Australia 2020 Registration

Online registration opened on: 2nd March 2020.
Registration (late booking deadline) closes on: 1st June 2020.

UCAT ANZ Fees

Early booking fee for sitting in Aus/New Zealand
(before 12th May 2020)
AUD $299
Concession fee for Australia only AUD $199
Test taken outside Aus/New Zealand AUD $374
Late booking fee
(between 12th May - 1st June 2020)
AUD $75

You have to pay the fees for UCAT ANZ when you make the booking online and the system accepts most major credit and debit cards.

Since it is a requirement for your application, there is financial aid available if you require it in the form of the UCAT ANZ Concession Scheme. If you meet the criteria for the concession scheme, you need to apply for it before you book your test. Read the section on “UCAT ANZ Concession Scheme” below for more information.

UCAT ANZ 2020 Test dates

The UCAT ANZ will be sat between 1st-31st July 2020.

As of the 20th May, the UCAT ANZ is following the timeline shown below:

UCAT ANZ 2020 Timeline

Access Arrangements/Concession Scheme applications open 3 February 2020
Test booking opens 2 March 2020
Access Arrangements/Concession Scheme applications close 4 May 2020 at 5pm AEST
Early test booking deadline 11 May 2020 at 11:59pm AEST
Late test booking deadline 18 May 2020 at 11:59pm AEST
Final test booking deadline 1 June 2020 at 11:59pm AEST
Testing begins 1 July 2020
Final testing date 31 July 2020
Results sent to Universities By early September 2020

Access arrangements for UCAT ANZ

Access arrangements are for those students who are entitled to extra time or accommodations due to special circumstances such as disabilities, medical conditions or temporary injury.

You must apply for and be approved for access arrangements by the UCAT ANZ Office before you book your test. Access arrangements applications must be accompanied by suitable official documentation. Applicants take approximately 5 working days to be processed, so you must be organised and apply for this in advance of the deadline.

The deadline for 2020 Access Applications was:
Access applications open: 3rd February 2020
Access applications close: 4th May 2020

You need to submit your supporting evidence at the same time as your application for access arrangements. This needs to be in advance of the usual UCAT registration and test booking deadlines.

UCAT ANZ access arrangements range from permitting extra time, to allowing access to medical items or medically-necessary food and drink, for example if you have diabetes. Some test centres can offer wheelchair access, and many will allow colour change or overlay to those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia

The most common form of arrangement is extra time for students with special learning needs. These are:

  • UCATSA - standard test time with 5 minute rest breaks between sections
  • UCATSEN - 25% extra time
  • UCATSENSA - 25% extra time with 5 minute rest breaks between sections

It is important that for any exam which is a prerequisite to education, that arrangements are made to be equally-accessible to all students. The MSAG strongly believes in this, and we have made sure that all of our preparation material is also inclusive. Our mock exams within our UCAT Online Question Bank can all be taken in either UCATSA, UCATSEN, or UCATSENSA timings, so that you get a realistic experience, using the official timings.

UCAT ANZ Concession Scheme

The concession scheme has been implemented to make sure that those who may want to sit the UCAT ANZ, but cannot afford to do so, are not limited by financial factors. If this applies to you, you need to submit your application with supporting evidence before the deadline below.

The dates for 2020 Concession applications was:
Applications open: 3rd February 2020
Applications close: 4th May 2020

The scheme does not apply to everyone, as you must hold one of two government-issued cards, detailed below. These cards are not available to those who live outside of Australia and New Zealand. The criteria and evidence that must be submitted are:

 

Concession Criteria Supporting Evidence
Hold or are listed as dependant on a current, signed Health Care Card (HCC) A copy of both sides of the card, sent to UCAT ANZ
Hold or are listed as dependant on a current, signed Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) A copy of both sides of the card, sent to UCAT ANZ

 

No other cards or proof of financial means are eligible for the concession scheme.

The MSAG was founded with an ethos of widening participation. We have seen that many successful medical students and doctors are from these backgrounds and firmly believe that cost should not be a barrier to pursuing a career in the field.

As a result, we offer bursaries on both our online UCAT course, question bank and live-online UCAT courses. If you qualify, please send your request with supporting evidence to finance@themsag.com


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