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DRCOG Exam - 3 October 2020 Update

The RCOG has been closely monitoring the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to continued global travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines, we will not be able to safely deliver our exams using our traditional paper format. In reaction to the current global crisis we have moved quickly to bring forward the release of our new Exams IT System to transition to computer-based testing. We have partnered with Pearson VUE to use their global network of test centres.

We have been working closely with our new partners to establish possible test centre locations based on the address information we have on record for candidates. To support this work, candidates are required to update their address information on their RCOG accounts by 30 July 2020 when the exam booking closes.

If you have any further queries please contact Due to a high volume of queries at this time, and to ensure a timely response, we would strongly advise all candidates to check if one of the FAQs below is able to answer your question before sending in a query via email.


  1. How do I book onto the October 2020 exam?
    Candidates will need to book on the RCOG website to secure their place when the booking opens on 09 July 2020 selecting either UK or ROI depending on where you reside. Pearson VUE will then contact you by 24 August 2020 with information on selecting your specific exam centre.

  2. I booked onto the April 2020 exam which was postponed, will I be guaranteed a place on the October 2020 exam?
    Provisions have been made to ensure candidates who were due to sit the exam in April 2020 will have a place on the upcoming October 2020 exam. Candidates will need to follow the above steps to confirm their place.

  3. What is computer-based testing and how does it work?
    Please refer to our Exams IT System page where you will find more information.

  4. What if I need to request reasonable adjustments to be put in place to sit the exam?
    If you wish to request an adjustment to the examination setting please first read the Supporting Special Circumstances Policy and submit your request to by 30 July 2020.

  5. What locations are available for me to take my exam in the UK or Republic of Ireland?
    There are 137 Pearson VUE test centres across the UK and Republic of Ireland.