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.
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