UCATSEN – 2021 Guide

UCATSEN – 2021 Guide

Holly Melvin
4th Year Medical Student at The University of Manchester
July 21, 2021

This article aims to give you an overview and introduction to the UCATSEN, how you qualify for it, what it stands for, if you get extra time, and if the preparation is different. 

Most importantly, remember that you can prepare for the UCAT or UCTASEN. With enough time and preparation, you can ace it!

If you want to contact the UCAT consortium to ask more questions about the UCATSEN, follow this link.

What is UCATSEN?

The UCATSEN stands for the University Clinical Aptitude Test Special Educational Needs. It’s the same exam as the UCAT, you just have more time and/or rest breaks.

How do you qualify for UCATSEN?

If you are currently (or have been very recently) entitled to extra time or other access arrangements in public exams such as your school exams based on a medical diagnosis or SpLD assessment, then you might qualify for the UCATSEN. 

There are a few different conditions that may mean you can sit the UCATSEN instead of the UCAT. These include:

  •  Cognition and learning needs, for example, Dyslexia or Dyscalculia or Dyspraxia
  •  Communication and interaction needs – such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  •  Sensory and physical needs, including hearing and vision impairments and physical disabilities.
  •  Social, mental and emotional needs – such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or mental health conditions 

This isn’t an exhaustive list, and you should contact the UCAT office for specifics. You should also contact them if you are not normally entitled to access arrangements in public exams or have a short-term illness or injury.

Extra time won’t be approved if your learning difficulty is because English is not your first language or if your entitlement only relates to handwriting issues. This is because the test is computer-based and multiple choice. 

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Do you get extra time for the UCATSEN?

It is possible to have extra time and rest breaks. 

The UCATSEN is 150 minutes long, which is longer than the UCAT. You are eligible for the UCATSEN if you’re generally eligible for 25% extra test time. 

It can be booked through your web account or by calling Customer Services. The booking system allows a UCATSEN to be booked before your eligibility has been approved. However, you must wait until your application has been approved before sitting your test.

The UCATSA is 140 minutes long, which is also longer than the UCAT. You are eligible for the UCATSA if you’re normally eligible for extra time for rest breaks but not for extra test time. It has the standard UCAT timings but with 5-minute timed instruction sections before each subtest.

The UCATSENSA is 168.75 minutes long, which is also longer than the UCAT. You are eligible for the UCATSENSA if you’re normally eligible for 25% extra test time and need extra time for rest breaks. It has UCATSEN subtest timings with 5-minute timed instruction sections before subtests.

The UCATSEN50 is 180 minutes long. You are eligible for the UCATSEN50 if you’re normally eligible for 50% extra test time.

Things that can’t be provided are:

  • A reader or computer reader.
  • Apaper version of the test.
  • Pen and paper 
  • A scribe.
  • Unlimited, ‘on request’ or ‘stop the clock’ breaks 

It is possible to arrange to have a separate room. This would only be the case if you are entitled to sit exams in an individual room and if they are available in the test centre. 

Is the preparation different?

The UCAT and the UCATSEN contain the same content and cover the same subject areas. Therefore, you should prepare for the UCATSEN just like you would for the UCAT.

Check out UCAT Preparation Guide 2021 to learn how to prepare for the UCAT and/or the UCATSEN.


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