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With the continued COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing threat of last minute lockdowns and travel restrictions, you may be wondering, how will UCAT ANZ 2021 be delivered?

How did UCAT ANZ 2020 take place?

Last year, UCAT proceeded mostly as normal, despite the fact that there was a Victorian lockdown during the UCAT testing period. The vast majority of candidates sat UCAT as planned, in a testing centre, during the month of July.

There were some additional precautions taken by Pearson VUE relating to hygiene measures and social distancing, which led to some students having to reschedule their UCAT testing date and sit UCAT in early August. Some candidates had to wear face masks while sitting their UCAT test.

Notably, candidates sitting UCAT UK 2020 sat the test online, rather than at a testing centre, due to the significant number of COVID-19 cases circulating at the time.

How is UCAT 2021 likely to take place?

Given the UCAT Consortium and Pearson VUE have had a year to plan for the delivery of UCAT in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unlikely there will be major disruptions to UCAT 2021. It is likely that UCAT will be delivered as planned, at testing centres and from 1 July to 11 August 2021.

If there is a COVID-19 outbreak, the UCAT testing period may be extended for candidates in some regions. Depending on governmental regulations in your area, you may be required to wear a face mask when sitting UCAT.

What precautions will be taken regarding COVID-19?

Pearson VUE has adopted various measures at testing centres globally to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including:

  • Excluding candidates who have, are suspected to have, or are at risk of having COVID-19
  • Enforcing social distancing measures
  • Making hand sanitiser available to candidates
  • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting regimens in between all testing appointments

Depending on where you sit UCAT 2021, and the COVID-19 situation at the time, the following additional measures may be taken:

  • Permitting or requiring the use of face masks and gloves
  • Requiring a temperature check before allowing candidates to take the test

What should I do now to prepare for UCAT 2021?

Given UCAT 2021 is likely to proceed as normal, you should continue your UCAT preparation! We suggest that candidates practice at least one full length practice exam wearing a facemask, in case one is required in the live UCAT test. This will ensure that the experience is not completely unfamiliar and you will not be thrown during the UCAT test. 

It is also vital that you look after your physical, mental and emotional health during this challenging year.  

 This includes minimising your chances of contracting coronavirus by:

  • Keeping your distance from others
  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Seeking advice if you become unwell or have come in contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19

It also includes:

  • Staying in touch with friends and family (via virtual means if necessary)
  • Eating well, sleeping well and exercising safely and regularly
  • Speaking to someone if you are feeling down or overwhelmed

Where can I find more information?

You can find updates on and at

MedEntry will also be providing relevant and important updates to all of our students.

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