Please see below information about the impact of COVID-19 on the upcoming admissions testing sessions in 2020, following the government's announcement that public examinations will not take place in the UK in May and June.
Please see below the latest information about STEP 2020 (updated 3 April 2020).
STEP 1 will not go ahead in June 2020.
For candidates who are required to take STEP 1 as part of your university offer, you are NOT expected to take either STEP 2 or STEP 3. If you are in any doubt, please contact your university directly for guidance.
Please see below for answers to questions you may have.
STEP 2 and STEP 3
This notice only applies to candidates who hold existing university offers and are required to take STEP 2 or STEP 3 as part of their application.
We are planning for STEP 2 and STEP 3 to go ahead on the test dates currently scheduled. Therefore, you should continue with your preparation.
To ensure the safety of our candidates and centres, STEP will not be run at schools, colleges or test centres. We are looking into alternative methods to enable students to take the tests.
Further information about this will be available at the end of April.
FAQs for candidates
I have already registered for STEP 1, what should I do?
There is nothing you need to do - you will be withdrawn from the test automatically.
Will I get the entry fee back?
Yes, please get in touch with your centre to arrange that. If your centre has charged you an admin fee, please discuss with them whether you are eligible for a refund.
What should I do if I have received a conditional offer asking me to take STEP 1?
The universities are aware that STEP 1 will not be taking place. Please contact your university for guidance on how your application will be reviewed.
When are STEP 2 and STEP 3 going to take place?
We expect to administer the two papers on the original dates. We expect STEP 2 to take place on 15 June, and STEP 3 on 19 June.
Do I need to register for STEP 2 or STEP 3?
Yes, if you need to take STEP 2 or STEP 3, you need to register.
Are the registration deadlines changing?
We do not have plans to change the registration deadlines.
Would I need to take STEP 2 or STEP 3 at an exam centre?
No, you will not have to travel to a centre in order to take STEP. We are currently exploring options allowing us to administer the tests online. We will publish more information as soon as it is available.
Can I choose to take STEP 2 or STEP 3 at an exam centre?
No, this will not be an option.
What if I feel unwell just before the test or on the test day?
If you choose to take the test but are unwell, you will be able to submit a Special Considerations request. More information about that process can be found in our Support Article here.
If you do not take the test, please contact your university as they will be best placed to advise on this matter.
FAQs for centres
What should I do for the STEP 1 candidates I have registered?
Please leave the entries as they are - we will withdraw these candidates automatically.
Will I be charged for the STEP 1 entries I have made?
No, you will not be charged for those entries. If you have taken the entry fee from the candidates, please arrange for that to be refunded.
Does my centre have to administer STEP 2 and STEP 3?
No, your centre will not administer the tests. We are currently exploring options allowing us to administer the tests online. We will publish more information as soon as it is available.
Please note that you would still need to register the candidates as normal.
BMAT September 2020
At the moment, we do not expect the BMAT September session to be affected but we will keep this article updated if there are any changes.
Tests taking place on 4 November 2020
At the moment, we do not expect the tests due to take place on 4 November to be affected but we will keep this article updated if there are any changes.
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