Yes, you can take STEP before you have applied to university or as a challenge.
Please be aware that if you take the test a year before it is needed, your university may not accept the results. You need to speak to your university to confirm this.
If you take the test a year in advance, please ensure that you keep your Statement of Results safe as your university may ask you for it. We will not be able to send your results to the university automatically the following year.
Can I register for STEP without a UCAS ID?
You do not need to provide a UCAS ID in order to register and take the test.
Is there another way to practice the test?
Yes, every year we publish the STEP papers on our website here. You can do the tests in exam environment and then compare your answers to the answer key.