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Answers to candidates frequently asked questions about the MRCOG Part 3 exam

The MRCOG Part 3 clinical assessment aims to assess candidates’ ability to apply core clinical skills in the context of the skills, knowledge, attitudes and competencies as defined in the MRCOG Part 2 curriculum.
The exam will assess the following five core skill domains:

  • Patient safety
  • Communicating with patients and families
  • Communicating with colleagues
  • Information gathering
  • Applied clinical knowledge

Further information can be found on the MRCOG Part 2 syllabus and format pages.

Eligible candidates can apply for the MRCOG Part 3 online. The application period is only open for a short period of time: please visit the MRCOG Part 3 exam calendar page for information about when you can apply. Any requests for special arrangements during the exam must be submitted before the closing date for applications.

Please refer to the MRCOG Part 3 exam calendar for details of exam centres.

Your entry ticket will be emailed to you approximately four weeks before your exam. You will need to print out your entry ticket and bring it with you to the exam, together with photographic identification.

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 Exam 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 do so in writing (hard copy, not email or fax) to the MRCOG Part 3 Secretary at the RCOG at  immediately after the exam you failed to attend, enclosing documentary evidence to support your circumstances

If you are registered or anticipate being registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), your personal data, including data about your exam results, will be passed to the GMC for quality assurance and for research purposes, and to facilitate the awarding of Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT).

Candidates are permitted four attempts at the Part 3 MRCOG. Candidates who do not pass after four attempts are required to take the MRCOG Part 2 exam again.

However, for candidates sitting the digital remote exam for the first time, this does not count as an attempt.

Osler Online is an online application. Your computer set-up must meet the following technical requirements for it to work.

  • Laptop or PC only – Osler Online will currently NOT work with tablets or mobile devices
  • NHS work laptops/desktops should not be used as they can block webcam/microphone permissions, which interferes with the program
  • NHS internet Wi-Fi should not be used as they can block the program
  • Windows or Mac operating systems only
  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Sierra 10.12 or newer
  • Google Chrome web browser should be used only
  • Webcam and microphone enabled
  • Over the head headphones should be used. Headphones with a microphone in the cord, e.g., iPhone headphones, should not be used as they can scratch off clothes and hair and cause feedback.
  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768
  • For your exam, you will need stable internet connection. A wired connection is preferred, however WiFi should be adequate as long as you have good signal and are situated near the router.
  • The minimum recommended bandwidth for Osler Online is 1.5mbps (upload and download), which should be supported by most broadband and fibre internet providers.
  • If you are using a shared internet, we recommend that you ask other users to limit or stop their usage during your exam as to not affect your internet quality.
  • How to check your bandwidth – Your bandwidth speeds can be tested online free. Visiting a website such as will allow you to find your upload and download speeds.

If you are using a portable laptop, please make sure it is fully charged prior to the start of your exam.

No, but the College does require you to have attempted the MRCOG Part 3 at least once within seven years after passing the MRCOG Part 2.

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.

A dedicated MRCOG Part 3 eLearning resource is available on RCOG Learning.


Contact us

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, or you can’t find what you need on the website, please email the Exam Department at  or call +44 20 7772 6210.

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