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DRCOG: format

The format of the RCOG’s Diploma exam (DRCOG), including number of papers and question types.

The DRCOG exam changed to a new format in April 2017.

The DRCOG exam consists of 2 written papers, each lasting 90 minutes (3 hours in total). There is no oral assessment.

The two papers are sat on the same day, with a 15-minute break between the two papers. There will be no negative marking and a cumulative pass mark is used: you don't need to ‘pass’ both papers.

The papers use the following question formats:

  • Extended matching questions (EMQs)
  • Single best answer questions (SBAs)

Paper 1: Extended Matching Questions

Paper 1 consists of 40 Extended Matching Questions (EMQs). Each question is worth 3 marks. The paper contributes 50% towards the final exam mark.

For more information, please see the sample EMQs.

Paper 2: Single Best Answer

Paper 2 consists of 60 Single Best Answer (SBA) questions. Each question is worth 2 marks. The paper contributes 50% towards the final exam mark.

For more information, please see the sample SBAs.

Contact us

If you have any questions, or need more information, please email the DRCOG Secretary or call +44 20 7772 6282.

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