The UCAT Registration process might seem like the easiest part but you want to avoid some common mistakes when booking your test.
In this article, we’ll discuss step-by-step the UCAT 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 for the UCAT, STJace or UCATSEN then this article is for you. For those applying to Australia and New Zealand universities check out our article on the UCAT ANZ registration process.
Let’s go through the ucat (UK) 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 registration website and click on the “Create a Web Account” link on the right.
The next page is the first of 4 steps in the creating a web account. On the first page you must enter your personal information. This includes your Candidate I.D (if you have one), Full Name, Date of birth and email address. If you don’t have a Candidate I.D select “No, I do not have my Candidate I.D”.
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 a UCAT Bursary.
After you finished filling in your contact information, you will be taken to the next step of the registration form where you answer a few additional questions, which looks like this:
On this page you’ll answer questions on your gender, school and cover additional questions on your socio-economic background. After you finished answering the additional questions, you will be taken to the final step of the registration form, which looks like this:
On this page you must create a username for your 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:
Step 2: Book your UCAT test
Once you have completed the form, you will be taken back to the home page, where you can pick the test you intend to take:
Pick your test. For the sake of this article we will assume you selected the “UCAT: Clinical aptitude Test” link. The next page will include the test cost and link to the testing policies of the UCAT exam (as seen below):
Make sure to read the testing policies before clicking the “schedule your test” button.
Bonus Material: Best time to Book the UCAT
You should already be aware that you are free to take the test anytime in July to October, but when is the best time to book your UCAT test?
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.