Paper A and B preparation
Multiple choice questions make up around two thirds of each paper – these have an independent question stem and five choices from which you must choose one. Extended matching items make up the balance – several questions share a common question stem and you must choose one answer from a much longer list of options.
In Paper A, the online exam is separated into three parts each with approximately 50 questions, so that you have an opportunity to take a break if you so wish.
Paper B has two sections in the exam blueprint. Section A covers critical review and makes up about a third of the paper. Section B covers clinical topics and makes up the other two-thirds of the paper. The Paper B online exam is also separated into three parts, roughly corresponding with how long it might take you to complete each third of the exam. Different numbers of questions will appear in each part depending on the makeup of the paper. The number of questions shown to be completed applies to each part of the exam, not to the overall exam. There are always 150 in total.
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 earlier questions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Eleventh Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) has now come into effect (since 11th February 2022).
Knowledge about ICD-11 may be examined in the MRCPsych Examination from the second diets in 2022 onwards. ICD-10 may also be examined while it remains in common usage.
Please refer to the online training guides for detailed information on the system requirements.
The CASC guide for candidates provides detailed guidance on the structure of the CASC.
Physical health can be tested in any station, including history, examination and management stations. Any aspect of physical health that is relevant to the practice of psychiatry can be tested. The minimum frequency of physical examination stations and physical health history stations is specified in the blueprint.
You will be sent confirmation of the date four weeks before your exam.
The dress code for the exam is smart casual. You are aiming for professional but comfortable.
Yes, you can make notes on blank paper or a blank notepad. You should destroy any notes at the end of the exam. We reserve the right to ask to see your notes during the exam.