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DRCOG: EMQ and SBA general instructions

Instructions for completing the extended matching questions (EMQ) and single best answer questions (SBA) for the DRCOG exam.

General instructions

Answer sheets

The papers are marked by a computerised document reading machine.

Answers should be entered as instructed on the answer sheet

You must only use the HB grade pencil provided for completing all parts of the answer sheets.

Pens must not be used for any part of the two papers.

Bold, dark marks that completely fill each lozenge are required.

Faint lines will not be read by the document reading machine.

You may erase any pencil mark by using the eraser provided. The answer sheet must not be folded, creased or torn. Please print your name as stated on your entrance ticket at the top of the answer sheet and write your candidate number (not your desk number) in the boxes provided. Then black out the lozenges corresponding to your candidate number. See the following example:

Exam instructions

 

Front cover

On the front cover of each question book please print your name in the boxes provided and then sign your name in the space marked ‘signature’. Your candidate number must be written in the four squares provided.

Paper 1: Extended Matching Questions (EMQs)

Answering the questions

The answer sheet is numbered 1- 40 and against each number there are 20 lozenges labelled from A to T.

Each question in the question booklet will consist of an option list (lettered to reflect the answer sheet), a lead-in statement (which tells you clearly what to do),and then a list of between one and five questions (each numbered, again to match the answer sheet).

Indicate your judgment of each particular question by boldly blacking out the letter that corresponds to the single best answer in the option list.

Candidates may mark their responses in the question book and then transfer these to the answer sheet.

Please be aware that this will take longer and all transfers must be done fully within the time allowed for the examination.

Although the answer sheet will provide 20 possible answers, the option lists for questions may not use all of these. Most option lists will provide 10 to 14 answer options. The option lists will nearly always be in alphabetical or numerical order for ease of reference; if not, they will be in the most appropriate order for quick reference.

The most important element of the format is that you must select the single answer that best fits. You may feel that there are several possible answers, but you must choose only the most likely one from the option list.

Specimen answer sheet

A portion of a completed answer sheet may look like this:

EMQ instructions

 

Paper 2: Single Best Answer (SBAs) questions

This operates similarly to the previous section, but with just five options to choose the best single answer from.

Answering the questions

The answer sheet is numbered 1-60 and against each number there are 5 lozenges labelled from A to E.

Each question in the question booklet will consist of a clinical scenario followed by a lead-in question, and then a list of 5 options (labelled A to E).

Indicate your judgment of each particular question by boldly blacking out the letter that corresponds to the single best answer in the option list.

Candidates may mark their responses in the question book and then transfer these to the answer sheet.

Please be aware that this will take longer, and all transfers must be done fully within the time allowed for the examination.

The option list will nearly always be in alphabetical or numerical order for ease of reference; if not, they will be in the most appropriate order for quick reference.

The most important element of the format is that you must select the single answer that best fits. You may feel that there are several possible answers, but you must choose only the most likely one from the option list.

Specimen answer sheet

A portion of a completed answer sheet may look like this:

Exam instructions

Marking

Incorrect answers are not penalised.

It is in your best interests to ensure that for each of the answers, one lozenge is filled in by the end of the examination.

If you mark two or more boxes on the same question, no mark will be awarded, even if one of the answers you choose is the correct one.

Please ensure you clearly and fully erase any mistakes.

Division of marks

See the table below for how marks are divided between EMQs and SBAs.

A cumulative pass mark applies.

 

Question format

No. of individual question items

Mark awarded for each correct answer

Total marks

% of exam

Paper 1

EMQs

40

3

120

50.0%

Paper 2

SBAs

60

2

120

50.0%

 

 

 

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