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Miss Giulia Bankov • May 17, 2019 

Giulia is a graduate medical student at the University of Glasgow. She previously studied Neuroscience at King's College London and completed her Cognitive Neurobiology and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Amsterdam 

If you have decided you would like to apply to medical school, you are probably aware that you are likely going to have to sit the UCAT test, which is the most widely used aptitude test by medical schools in the UK. Scoring well at the UCAT is an important component of a successful application and it’s perfectly understandable if you want to focus on starting with practice tests straight away.


However, note that there are a few logistics surrounding the UCAT as well, such as registration and booking a test date that run in pretty strict deadlines, so make sure you have familiarised yourself with those and are aware of when you are expected to do what. To make it easier for you, we have compiled a list of all important UCAT test dates in 2019 that candidates taking the UCAT should be aware of, so have a read below and make sure you mark them in your calendar. 

UCAT registration and booking

Registration and booking for sitting the UCAT in 2019 open on May 1, 2019, and close at 5 pm on September 18, 2019. Before you can book a test centre and date of your preference, you will need to first register on the Pearson VUE online registration system and you need to do so by yourself - your school or college cannot do that for you. Once you have registered an account through the system, you will then be prompted to book a test date. While online booking closes at 5 pm on September 18, 2019, you will still be able to book a test date by phoning Pearson VUE until October 1, 2019. For more information on the registration process, have a look at our blog post UCAT Registration 2019.

UCAT testing dates

The first UCAT test date available for 2019 for entry to universities in the academic year 2019/20 is July 1, 2019. Testing dates are available until October 2, 2019, and would depend on the location you choose to take the UCAT at. Also note that depending on the test date you choose, the test fees might vary slightly. For example for a UCAT test taken between 1 July and 31 August, the test fee is £65, whereas, for later test dates, the fee is £87. This price rise only reflects the demand for the UCAT and the availability for it, so make sure you book well in advance, to avoid disappointment. 

Access arrangements and UCATSEN

Any candidates with a specific learning difficulty can apply for access arrangements, which can provide you with the necessary accommodations. You can also apply to sit the UCATSEN, which will provide you with 25% extra time for the test. The deadline to apply for either of the two is 5 pm on September 18, 2019, and need to be arranged at least 10 working days prior to the date you will be sitting the UCAT. For more information on access arrangements and the UCATSEN, make sure you visit the UCAT Consortium’s official webpage. 


Bursary scheme

Students who are in financial need can apply for a bursary that will cover the UCAT fee. The deadline to do this is 5 pm on September 18, 2019, and the bursary voucher expiry date is October 16, 2019. To be eligible for the bursary, you need to be able to meet one criterion from a list set by the UCAT Consortium. For more information and to view the full list outlining the criteria, please visit the UCAT Bursary Scheme webpage.

UCAS deadline

Once you have sat the UCAT, remember that you still need to finish the rest of your application, which includes writing your personal statement, requesting a letter of recommendation and ensuring your school or university grades are readily available to be submitted. You will then have to upload all required information on UCAS and the deadline to submit your application for medicine and dentistry is October 15, 2019. You do not need to worry about sending your UCAT score to the universities of your choice, as that will be automatically done for you.
While no precise date is given for this, the UCAT official website has provided early November as the time they would send off your UCAT scores. So once you have submitted your UCAS application, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief and relax - you have done all required steps in the first part of the selection process and now have got a little bit of spare time to enjoy, before the next part begins - receiving an interview invitation and preparing for it.
Here is a summary of all the important test dates, as per the UCAT’s official website information:

Registration and booking opens

1 May 2019

Bursary scheme opens

1 May 2019

Testing starts

1 July 2019

Registration and online booking closes

18 September 2019, 5pm

Access arrangements / UCATSEN application deadline

18 September 2019, 5pm

Bursary deadline

18 September 2019, 5pm

Final booking deadline

1 October 2019, midday

Last testing date

2 October 2019

UCAS application deadline

15 October 2019

Results delivered to universities

Early November 2019

Please also note that the dates listed above relate to the UCAT as administered in the UK for UK medical and dental schools. For important dates for UCAT universities in Australia and New Zealand and further information, make sure you visit the UCAT ANZ official website. 

We hope these important UCAT Dates are helpful in preparing for you exam. Don’t forget that if you have any questions about the UCAT test or medical schools in general, you can send us an email at hello@theMSAG.com

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