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For Immediate Release: 14 May 2007
Contact: Pearson VUE
Stevie Pattison-Dick
020 7190 5190
Professor Ian Johnson
0115 823 0702

Pearson VUE Launches a New Website for UKCAT

14 May 2007 — Pearson VUE, in partnership with the UKCAT Consortium, has today launched a new website which will offer better navigation and greater support to candidates wanting to take the UKCAT university admissions exam for 2008 entry into 26 dental and medical schools across the United Kingdom.

Features of the new website include:

  • A complete listing of University Medical and Dental courses for which the UKCAT is a compulsory requirement
  • A link on the homepage to the key UKCAT dates for 2007
  • A specific section to support candidates with disabilities (UKSEN)
  • Improved navigation to the UKCAT registration page
  • An explanation of the new subset of non-cognitive analysis questions
  • New practice questions and answer sections, including practice questions for the non-cognitive subsection

In its first year, over 18,500 candidates sat the UKCAT exam before applying to the dental and medical Schools of 23 UK universities. This year’s tests (2007) is being extended so that candidates can demonstrate the best combination of cognitive abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required for doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers.

The new two-hour test requires no specific preparation as it aims to probe innate skills and competencies and seeks to assist rather than place an additional hurdle in front of potential candidates.

The UKCAT has been developed by the UKCAT Consortium with Pearson VUE, a global leader in computer-based testing and part of Pearson plc. The test is delivered on a computer through Pearson VUE’s worldwide network of test centres, with 150 centres in the UK.

Professor Ian Johnson, Chair of the UKCAT Consortium, said: “We are delighted that so many universities have acted together and used the same test to provide additional information for selectors and to improve transparency when feeding back to candidates. The UKCAT assesses a wide range of general skills and attributes rather than strictly academic achievement and this assists universities in creating a level playing field for applicants from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Last year the test performed well and the majority of candidates for medicine and dentistry in the UK sat the test successfully. The further development of the test this year is part of the continuing process undertaken by the Consortium to improve the ability of the test to assist Universities in the selection of the right candidates to become tomorrow’s doctors and dentists.”

Suzana Lopes, Commercial Director for Pearson VUE said: “Last year’s tests were very successful. We strive to always make the tests as relevant as possible for clients and to provide candidates with the best possible information to help them succeed.

“We are delighted to be part of this new venture. With more and more people readily accessing the web it allows us to provide an additional channel to support candidates wanting to take the UKCAT University admissions exam.”

Further information about the UKCAT will be available on the UKCAT website at www.ukcat.ac.uk

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Last updated 2007-05-14