Exam FAQs during the pandemic

Applying for the exams

The College will be assessing this to see if it is possible.

For Written Exams this will only be possible for candidates with special circumstances and these must be made clear at the time of application.

RCPsych reserves the right to request evidence of such circumstances if deemed applicable. CASC exams can only be held remotely at this time so no exceptions can be made for this particular diet of the exam.

For Papers A and B, it is highly unlikely that we will be going back to their written form.

With CASC, we hope to be going back to face-to-face interviews when the restrictions are lifted and the pandemic is under sufficient control.

Not wanting to take the exam online will not be considered a valid reason for extending the validity period as the exam is available to take.

Preparing for the exams

For Papers A and B a sample exam that gives you an experience of the real exam environment.

For the CASC exam, we provide a live session with an onboarder to explain the exam environment. We have also provided a video of a station being conducted in the platform.

 

The CASC Panel is currently looking into the stations that are going to be used during the online exam to make sure that all the cases used will be suitable for a video consultation. The blueprint of the exam remains the same, and we will ensure that the exam covers it. 

Yes, within each section. Once you finish a section and take a comfort break that section will be locked and will not allow you to return to prior questions. 

 

There are examples of each platform in the Online exams section of the main exams page of the website. 
No. We are currently considering how we might be able to offer example videos or demonstrations of stations on our website.  We suggest running mock CASCs using videoconferencing software.

On the day

Yes, Papers A and B will be split into sections to allow for regular toilet breaks. For CASC, there is a ten-minute comfort break in each exam session, after round 4. 

Every exam will have a human proctor available to speak to you should any issues occur. In the case of the CASC we request you only flag such things to the proctor and not the examiner or role player. 

Pearson Vue's AI system will only be used to alert the human proctor so the proctor will check immediately and if they have any concerns, they will make a note and query with you what is happening. 

In the CASC exam there is a live invigilator present in the round with you at all times, and they are trained to report on any perceived problems. 

For Papers A and B candidates will be able to take notes during the exam, using the inbuilt scratchpad functionality. You may not take a pen or paper into the exam and your exam may be revoked if you do this.

For CASC, you may make notes on blank paper during your reading time. The invigilator may ask to see these.

We have detailed incident management guidelines and will apply these fairly to all candidates. If there is a serious technical failure of the platform we will reschedule you for the next possible exam sitting, without charge. 

Candidates are responsible for ensuring they have a good internet connection and adequate equipment to take the exam, you can find more detail on this in our guidelines:

We have detailed incident management guidelines and will apply these fairly to all candidates.

You may call us on 0208 618 4266 if you have any problems logging on to the CASC exam or if you have technical difficulties during the exam. We will do all we can to support you to be able to complete your exam. 

 

Assessment and results

All pass marks will be calculated using the same methods as in previous examinations. The only thing that has changed is the delivery process.

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We have maintained the format of our examinations and the methods of assessment remain the same. Please familiarise yourself with the following sections of the website:

 

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