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?
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.
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.
Pearson VUE has adopted various measures at testing centres globally to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including:
Depending on where you sit UCAT 2021, and the COVID-19 situation at the time, the following additional measures may be taken:
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:
It also includes:
MedEntry will also be providing relevant and important updates to all of our students.