MRCPsych Examination and the COVID-19 pandemic

Message from the Chief Examiner, Dr Ian Hall:

​In response to the restrictions brought in to control the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has had to cancel for 2020 Diet 1 of both Papers A and B, and the CASC Exam in Singapore that was planned for May. We are sorry that we had to take these steps, knowing the anxiety that this will cause trainees at a time when they have much else to cope with.

The College is committed to doing all it can to run the rest of the Exam Calendar planned for 2020, starting with the CASC in September, and then the second diets of Paper A and B after that.

It is very likely that the written papers will be delivered using an online system (with appropriate checks and safeguards) and if so we will provide more information about this when the details of the system we are using are finalised. If this is successful we are unlikely to return to paper based exams in the future.

For the CASC, we are currently exploring both running a socially distanced version of the CASC at our Sheffield centre, and an online version based on video consultations. We will provide further updates about this when we have them.

Please check the exams pages of the College website for the latest information, where you will also find contact details for the Exams team. You can also read our statement on the temporary change made to the CASC regulations.

Dr Ian Hall, Chief Examiner

12 May 2020


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