RCPsych Paper A cancellation

Message from the Chief Examiner, Doctor Ian Hall: Paper A cancelled across all exam centres.

We are sorry to announce that because of the HM Government restrictions imposed due to Coronavirus, we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Paper A diet of the MRCPsych examination that was due to take place on 16 June 2020. Any candidate who was planning to sit this diet and whose Validity Period has started may apply for an extension to their Validity Period.

We have already had to cancel the Paper B diet that was due to take place on 31 March 2020 and the Singapore CASC that was due to take place in May 2020.

We appreciate these cancellations are very disruptive for trainees preparing for exams when they have much else to contend with. A major concern is the effect they may have on career progression. Having consulted widely, including with the Psychiatric Trainees Committee, with National Recruitment, and with the General Medical Council, we have decided to temporarily vary the exam regulations, and until June 2021 will waive the requirement to have passed the written papers before taking the CASC.

Candidates would still have had to complete 24 months training in psychiatry before taking the CASC, and would need to pass all elements of the exam before being awarded Membership of the College.

We are actively exploring alternative ways to deliver examinations. If we need to make further changes to the exam calendar, we will let you know as soon as possible. In the meantime we continue to work closely with trainee representatives.

Dr Ian Hall

Chief Examiner

3 April 2020

Message from the President, Professor Wendy Burn: Paper B cancelled across all exam centres.

Following the new announcement on 16 March we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel the paper B sitting on 31 March across all exam centres. The Government is clear that people should not be travelling, or meeting in large groups and we have to respect their guidance.

Your fee will be refunded and your validity period extended. The College is urgently investigating alternative arrangements and will be in touch with candidates shortly.

This decision has been taken at an exceptionally challenging time, and has not been taken lightly. I know how hard you will have worked for this and we were really hoping that we could deliver it, I sincerely apologise for having to cancel.

Please look after yourself at this difficult time. Let me know if there is anything I or the College can do to help.

Professor Wendy Burn

President, RCPsych


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