Special notices

On this page you will find the latest updates and special notices from the Examinations team.

For all exams you must bring official photo identification (ID): Passport or Driver’s License. 

Please note we no longer accept Hospital ID's. 

Electronic/scanned or photocopy ID will also not be accepted. Candidates who do not bring appropriate ID in accordance with these Regulations will not be permitted to sit the examination. 

If you have any reason why you cannot bring the original of any of these documents to the examination venue [or your ID document has recently expired], please contact the Head Examinations Operations once you have received notification of being entered to sit the examination, and in any event in advance of the examination date.  Exemptions from the requirement to bring original photo ID will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, [for example theft on production of a police crime report] and alternative requirements will be specified with which candidates must comply. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the candidate not being permitted to sit the examination.

 

From September 2018, CASC candidates will be expected to provide their own timing device (such as a simple analogue wristwatch or fob watch, as illustrated) should there be a physical or other examination which requires the use of one. Digital watches/timing devices will not be permitted.

Read the full notice.

The College wishes to appoint Higher Trainee Representatives (trainee in at least 2nd year of training or ST5-6) for a number of vacancies in the MRCPsych Examinations Unit.

The examinations consist of two written papers (Papers A and B) and a Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) examination. Applications for the following positions are now open:

Examinations Sub-Committee

The Examinations Sub-Committee is responsible to the Education and Training Committee but has delegated powers for setting standards for the Membership examination, administering and making Examination regulations; and overseeing examination activities, to ensure of appropriate standard and aligned to strategic objectives.

The post is voluntary and appointees will be expected to attend at least 3 meetings per year, expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with College policy. The post will be for two years.

Paper A Panel, Paper B Clinical Topics Panel and CASC Panel

The exam panels are responsible for producing questions for the examinations question bank, from which questions are selected for the MRCPsych written examinations and CASC. The Panels also meet after the examination to review individual item analysis/station performance.

The post is voluntary and appointees will be expected to attend at least 50% of panel meetings per year and submit new questions. Expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with College policy. The post will be for two years.

Quality Assurance Panel

The panel is responsible for ensuring the exam questions set are fair to candidates. The post-holder(s) will assist in reviewing new questions and assessing existing questions, facilitate focused Question Writing Days and ensure questions are mapped and blue-printed and meet the high standards of the MRCPsych examination.

The post is voluntary and appointees will be expected to attend at least 50% of panel meetings per year. Expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with College policy. The post will be for two years.

Application Procedure

These positions will appeal to those who have some experience and an interest in assessment processes, and a commitment to ensuring our assessment methods meet the highest standards. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with the college.

Applications should be received by 5pm on Wednesday 1 May 2019. Interviews will be held at the College headquarters, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB on Friday 31 May 2019. 

For full details on eligibility and how to apply, please see the guidance below.

 

 

From 2019 The number of items in the written question papers will be reduced from 200 to 150 following approval from the GMC. The prime aim is to give candidates more time per item, whist ensuring there is still  adequate sampling from the syllabus in each diet of the examination.

Paper A:  

  • Behavioural Science and Socio-cultural Psychiatry
  • Human Development
  • Basic Neurosciences
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Classification and Assessment in Psychiatry

Paper B:

  • Organisation and delivery
  • General Adult
  • Old Age
  • Psychotherapy
  • Child & Adolescent
  • Substance misuse
  • Forensic
  • Learning disability
  • Critical Review

Link to Blueprints on Preparing for exams section

 

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