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New Exams IT system

The RCOG is launching the first phase of our new Exams IT System to support our MRCOG and DRCOG exams from September 2020. This will see us transition our written exam provision (MRCOG Part 1 & 2 and DRCOG) from a paper-based to a computer-based format.

The new system will make the exams process secure, simple, transparent and fit for purpose in the 21st century. We have partnered with Pearson VUE to deliver an integrated digital solution that will support our exams function and processes, while delivering an excellent experience for candidates taking their exam.

Pearson VUE provides computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programmes around the world and delivers exams through the world's most comprehensive and secure network of test centres in 180 countries. This will enable candidates to take their exams close to where they live, reducing the need to travel.

The next phase of the new system will be launched in 2021. It will see the release of the wider platform that will automate and integrate candidate registration, exams application and booking, exam sitting, results processing and candidate communication – all in a seamless, secure platform.

How will computer-testing work?

Watch this short video to find out what to expect in your exam - it provides information on what candidates can expect when sitting an exam at a Pearson VUE test centre.

 

Questions and answers

Below are a selection of questions and answers to help explain the new system, how it works and what this change will mean for candidates.

  1. What exactly is the change that the RCOG is making?
    From 28 September 2020, MRCOG Part 1, Part 2 and DRCOG exams will be delivered exclusively with Pearson VUE via their worldwide network of more than 5000 testing centres. This will see us transition from paper-based testing to a computer-based format.

  2. Why is the RCOG changing the way candidates sit exams?
    We want to simplify the overall experience, providing a modern exam process fit for the 21st century.

  3. When exactly will this change happen?
    We will be moving to computer-based testing to deliver our MRCOG Part 1, Part 2 and DRCOG exams from September 2020.

  4. Are the RCOG exams on the Pearson VUE system different?
    No, while the delivery format of the exams will be changing it is important to note the content, structure, standard setting and results calculation will remain unchanged.
  5. Where are Pearson VUE Authorised Test Centres located?
    Pearson VUE provides computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world and delivers exams through the world's most comprehensive network of nearly 20,000 test centres as well as online testing in 180 countries. You can find a Pearson VUE Authorised Test Centre near you by visiting the Pearson VUE website and using its Test Centre Locator.

  6. Can Pearson VUE sites accommodate candidates with special requirements?
    Yes, Pearson VUE and the RCOG can facilitate reasonable adjustments to our standard examination procedures and arrangements to support candidates with special circumstances. If you need additional time to complete your exam or another accommodation, please contact ExamConfidentialEnquiries@rcog.org.uk within the published application window.

  7. How do candidates schedule an RCOG exam with Pearson VUE?
    Candidates will continue to book for one of our exams through the RCOG website in the first instance. Pearson VUE will contact candidates closer to the date of the exam to provide instructions on how to select an available appointment slot at one of their test centres.

  8. Can candidates take a break in the middle of the exam?
    Yes, however extensive biometric security procedures will be in place to re-verify the candidate’s identity prior to restarting the examination. If a candidate elects to leave the testing room for a break, time will not be extended. Candidates will not be permitted to leave the building nor gain access to their personal belongings.

  9. Can candidates skip questions and then go back?
    Yes, candidates can mark items for review and go back to those items prior to exiting the exam.

  10. Can candidates bring a pen and paper into their exam?
    No personal items are allowed in the test room. A pen and paper will be provided for candidates to make notes during the exam. Notes will need to remain in the test room at all times and will be collected by an invigilator at the end of the exam.

  11. Can candidates bring drinks and/or snacks into their exam?
    No, eating and drinking is prohibited in all Pearson VUE test centres during an exam.

  12. When can candidates expect to receive their results?
    The RCOG will release results to candidates in line with our current policy. For further information please visit the associated exam website page: MRCOG Part 1, MRCOG Part 2 and DRCOG
  13. Will I be able to sit the Part 3 exam in a Pearson VUE test centre?
    No, due to the physical nature of the Part 3 clinical exam it cannot be assessed in a computer-based testing format. Only our written based exams (MRCOG Part 1 & 2 and DRCOG) will be transitioning to a computer-based format, delivered at Pearson VUE test centres.