First ever online written exams delivered successfully

The College’s first ever online written exam was delivered successfully in October, when hundreds of trainees completed Paper B remotely.

In all, 92% of the 472 candidates were able to complete the online exam.

We also staged the second online CASC exam, and repeated the success of the first one in September, with 97.5% of 194 candidates completing the exam successfully.

The September CASC – developed in response to the challenges of the pandemic – was believed to be the largest virtual clinical exam yet run by a UK medical royal college.

The principal headline from the report on the September CASC prepared by the College’s psychometrician is the overall pass rate of 67.7% (up from 63.4% on the same diet in 2019). 

The principal headline from the report on the October Paper B diet prepared by the College’s psychometrician is the overall pass rate of 61.4% (up from 53.4% on the same diet in 2019). 

Meanwhile the College is continuing to work with its technology partners who are supporting us to deliver CASC and the written papers, to increase the number of candidates who are able to successfully complete the exams still further.

Those who did not complete their Paper B sitting due to IT failures or other matters outside of their control have had a re-sit organised for them which will take place later this month.

And any CASC candidates who were in the same position after the September and October online exams have been offered the chance to take the exam in January.

The College is grateful for the remarkable collective effort from many people including the exams team, which has led to us being able to deliver online exams to such a high number of candidates, and prevent COVID-19 from disrupting the pace of qualification of trainees.

Among the many decisions made and resources created, candidates are provided with demos of the online CASC and written paper platforms.

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