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Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the MRCOG Part 2.

All candidates for the MRCOG Part 2 exam must apply online, within the published booking window.

You would need a re-issued degree certificate or certificate of medical registration stating your new/married name, as well as a copy of your marriage certificate/affidavit showing both your former and your new name. Sending a marriage certificate/affidavit alone is not sufficient.

Once you have completed your test centre booking you will receive an automated email directly from Pearson VUE confirming your test centre booking and instructions of identification requirements.

The College cannot advise you on this matter. Please contact the relevant consulate for information about any visa requirements before applying for the exam. If you need a letter from the Examination Department confirming your attendance at the exam, please inform us when applying for the exam, and ensure that you apply in good time.

The regulations state that candidates who withdraw their application for a particular exam after the closing date, or who fail to appear, shall forfeit the exam fee. The application forms include a reminder of this regulation. This means the College cannot refund your entry fee after an exam’s closing date and your candidature for the exam will remain. The College cannot make changes or transfers of centres after the closing date. If you fail to attend the exam, your entry will not be counted as an attempt.

In certain prescribed circumstances, the College does consider refunding the entry fee. If you wish to apply for this, please refer to our Exams Extenuating Circumstances Policy

Once you have successfully completed your exam, the details of your award from the College, including date, are regarded as ‘public’ information. For candidates in the UK specialty training programme, results will be made available to LETBs/deaneries as well as the GMC. They may also be released to bona fide third-party enquirers (for example, other educational bodies or prospective employers). No information is supplied via the telephone.

Candidates in UK-based training who intend to enter the UK Specialist Register are permitted no more than 6 attempts at the MRCOG Part 2. Candidates who wish to apply for the MRCOG Part 2 following 6 previous fails need to provide supporting documentation from their Head of School (or equivalent) outlining the exceptional reasons for permitting a further attempt at the exam.

No, but the College does require you to have attempted the Part 2 at least once within a certain period of time after passing the Part 1 or gaining exemption from the Part 1:

  • UK trainees wishing to enter the UK Specialist Register must attempt the Part 2 within 7 years of passing/gaining exemption from the Part 1 (pro rata, to a maximum of 10 years)
  • All other candidates must attempt the Part 2 within 10 years of passing/gaining exemption from the Part 1. Please note, due the disruption caused by COVID-19, available exam places outside of the UK have been reduced throughout the pandemic. The RCOG Council have agreed that both the years 2020 and 2021 are not considered in the number of years a pass remains current for candidates outside of a UK Specialist Training programme not wishing to enter onto UK Specialist Register as part of the 10 year limit

No. Candidates who pass the MRCOG Part 2 written exam must attempt the MRCOG Part 3 clinical assessment within seven years (pro rata). If they do not attempt the MRCOG Part 3 clinical assessment within this timeframe, they will be required to take the MRCOG Part 2 exam again.

The only courses the RCOG can wholeheartedly recommend are those run by the College itself. Visit the College’s courses and events pages for more information.

For online learning we strongly recommend RCOG Learning, the College’s eLearning platform. This structured training resource is continuously updated, uses innovative tools and includes saveable interactive assessments (MCQs and EMQs) with instant, detailed feedback. StratOG is available free of charge to members of the RCOG Trainees’ Register. Other exam candidates can pay to access this useful resource.