UCAT ANZ is the Australian/New Zealand version of the UCAT test which takes place in July. Registering for the exam seems like the easiest part but you want to avoid some common registration and booking mistakes.
In this article, we’ll discuss step by step the UCAT ANZ registration process. We’ll also cover mistakes to avoid. Finally, we’ll give you some key tips on the best time to book your test. If you are applying to the UCAT ANZ Consortium universities in Australia and New Zealand then this article is for you.
Let’s go through the ucat anz registration process together one step at a time.
Step 1: Create an Online Account with Pearson Vue
First, you need to visit the Pearson Vue UCAT ANZ registration website and click on the “Create a Web Account” link on the right.
The next page is the first of 3 steps in the creating a web account. On the first page you must enter your personal information. This includes your UCAT ANZ I.D (if you have one), Full Name, Date of birth and email address. If you dont have a UCAT ANZ I.D select “No, I do not have my UCAT ANZ I.D”.
Mistake to Avoid: name in form is not an exact match to name in I.D– Double check your I.D (Passport, driving license etc) and ensure when filling in your full name it is the EXACT match that appears on the type of identification you will present at the test centre. You could be refused from taking the exam and will not be reimbursed for any fees paid.
After you finished filling in your personal information, you will be taken to the next step of the registration form, where you provide your contact information,which looks like this:
On this page you’ll be required to provide your home address, email address and phone number.
Mistake to Avoid: Using an email address you rarely check up on– Make sure to use an email address you check up on regularly for any updates on the exam, this is particularly important if you are applying for the UCAT ANZ concession scheme.
After you finished filling in your contact information, you will be taken to the final step of the registration form, which looks like this:
Choose a username for your UCAT ANZ account and finish the application. Once you have completed the form, you will be taken back to the home page, where you can click on the “UCAT ANZ: UCAT Australia and New Zealand”. This will take you to where you will book your UCAT as seen below:
On this page you can view the pricing for the exam as well as links to the testing policies and concession scheme.
The first link, Testing Policies, outlines the policies you agree to when you take the UCAT ANZ. Please make sure to read it. There’s a lot of text, but essentially it boils down to this:
- Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled test time.
- You will be refused to take the test if you turn up more than 15 minutes late – with no refund.
- No personal items will be allowed in the testing room
- Bring a print out of your confirmation email along with some photo I.D
- Rescheduling can be done online (before final booking deadline – May 17th) or via phone (after booking deadline) up to 24 hours before scheduled test time.
- If you cancel test before registration deadline it will be refunded. Cancellation after deadline will not be refunded.
The second link, Concession Scheme, is for those that think they may eligible for a concession discount. It provides eligibility criterias and additional information about the scheme.
Once you have gone through the above links click on the “Schedule this Exam” button on the bottom right of the page.
Step 2: Answer Short UCAT Questionnaire
Before picking your test centre and exam date, you’ll be required to answer a quick 5 minute questionnaire from Person Vue
Step 3: Pick Your Test Centre, Date and Time
Once you have completed the questionnaire. Search and pick the nearest test centre as well as your exam date and time.
Pick exam time for when you are the most alert, if you are a morning person I recommend going for a morning slot. If it takes you a few hours to get into gear then consider an afternoon time
Step 4: Follow Check Out Process
Once test centre and exam dates have been picked follow the check out process and pay for the test.
Bonus Material: Best time to Book the UCAT ANZ
You should already be aware that you are free to take the test anytime in July , but when is the best time to book the UCAT ANZ?
The Short answer: It depends, but pick a date that gives you the most advantage.
My advice is to consider factors that might affect your preparation or performance on the test day, and schedule your test appointment appropriately. Since you can choose any available test appointment, there is no reason not to choose the appointment that will give you the greatest advantage. The following are factors to consider before booking your UCAT test
1. Will you be working in the summer?
If you are working or volunteering, then you might need longer time to prepare for the exam. I recommend setting up study schedule, to ensure that you will have sufficient time to revise and practise before your test. Depending on your working hours, you might want to schedule your test for later in the summer.
2. Will you be travelling, whether for a week or two or even longer?
If you have travelling plans, how realistic is it for you prepare for the UCAT? You might find it challenging to get a bit of space and quiet to revise and practise for the UCAT whilst on holiday. Taking a practice test in one sitting (and being able to concentrate, even for a bit of quick practice) could be very difficult indeed. If a vacation is on the cards, then you might want to consider delaying your UCAT preparation until after the holiday. Depending how long you are away for you could consider getting up to speed by attending a UCAT seminar upon your return, with your test appointment to follow 2 to 4 weeks later.
3. How Prepared Are You?
I recommend booking your test depending on how easy you find the official UCAT practice tests. If you score well and find it easy I reckon 4 – 8 weeks is enough preparation. However, if you achieve a low score I recommend giving yourself longer.
4. How much time do you need To Prepare?
I personally do not think you need longer than 2 months to prepare for the exam. Typically students take between 2 weeks to a month to prepare for the UCAT. Attempt the official UCAT practice tests first then set a date depending on how easy you find it.
5. What’s the best time of day for your test appointment?
The options to take the UCAT range from early morning – as early as 8am — to late in the afternoon — as late as 3 or 4pm, depending on the test centre. I strongly advise you consider past experiences taking tests, when are you the sharpest? A study recently published concluded that students are at the height of their cognitive abilities in the morning and perform better at exams. Remember, the UCAT will be a very intense 2 hours of staring at a monitor, while working incredibly quickly through a wide range of question types and completing over 200 questions, without a break, so you want to be at your best.