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MRCOG Part 1: News and updates

News and updates on the MRCOG Part 1 exam

MRCOG Part 1: July 2021 – Booking update

9 April 2021

Due to a technical issue with our booking system for the upcoming July 2021 examinations, we have had to pause bookings for new applicants. We have been working with our system developers to resolve the issue, however, we are unable to continue the booking process via the current format.

Following an urgent review, we have taken the decision to use an alternative mechanism to provide candidates with an opportunity to continue to book a place for the July 2021 exams.

We will be emailing eligible candidates on Friday 9 April 2021 to provide a booking token, with instructions, to enable candidates to have an opportunity to book an available exam slot.

Bookings will resume at 9am UK time on Tuesday 13 April 2021. Once the window has opened, eligible candidates will need to follow the booking instructions and use the tokens received for an opportunity to book into the available places.

The booking window will be extended and will now close at 5pm UK time on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Revised timeline

Friday 9 April 2021 Eligible candidates will receive a booking token and instructions by email*
Tuesday 13 April 2021 Bookings open at 9am UK time
Tuesday 20 April 2021 Bookings close at 5pm UK time

* If you do not receive an email with the booking token on Friday 9 April 2021, and believe you are eligible to sit the exam, please contact by no later than 10am UK time on Monday 12 April 2021.

Candidates that have already booked a place on the MRCOG Part 1 exam, before the booking window was paused, do not need to reapply. The Exams team will be in contact to confirm your booking.

We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your patience.


MRCOG Part 1: July 2021 exam update

25 March 2021

The RCOG has been closely monitoring the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 held our first MRCOG Part 1 computer-based exam in September 2020, and another exam in January 2021.


For our next exam diet, scheduled for Monday 5 July 2021, we are pleased to confirm that we will have places available for candidates to sit the exam in 43 countries as follows:

  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • China
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Russian Federation
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Oman
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Zimbabwe

Timeline for July 2021 Part 1 exam

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Deferred candidates contacted

Tuesday 6 April 2021

Bookings open for all candidates

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Bookings close at 4pm UK time

Deferred candidates

Due to the ongoing pandemic, social distancing measures, and government restrictions in place across individual countries, we have been unable to accommodate all candidates affected by the postponement of exams over the last 12 months.

As a result, for the July 2021 exam we will continue to prioritise placements for candidates who have already had a previous booking and where we have agreed to defer their placement to a future exam.

Deferred candidates will be contacted on Tuesday 30 March 2021 to book their place into available Pearson VUE test centres.

Bookings for new applicants will open on Tuesday 6 April 2021. Please note, some of the countries listed above may not be available for new applicants, depending on remaining spaces available after deferred candidates have been provided with the first opportunity to book a test centre place.

Coronavirus travel restrictions

Candidates should only book into a country they are able to safely travel to, in accordance with local government guidelines.

Capacity and additional Part 1 exam in September 2021

Despite our best efforts, we are still trying to support and catch up on the demand for exam places. While we are delighted to have been able to continue to deliver exams, thanks to our move to computer-based testing, unfortunately places outside of the UK have been at a reduced capacity.

To support candidates, we will be running an additional Part 1 exam on Monday 20 September 2021. Candidates unable to secure a place for the July 2021 exam will have a further opportunity to book a place for September 2021. The booking window for the September exam will be confirmed in due course.

FAQs for Part 1 July 2021 exam

I am a deferred candidate. Do I need to reapply?

No, your previous application is still valid. You will be contacted on Tuesday 30 March 2021 with information on how to schedule a slot in one of Pearson VUE’s test centres.

I am a deferred candidate. Will I be guaranteed a test centre place in my country of residence?

No. We hope the majority of candidates will be able to find an available test centre in their country of residence, but test centres are not available in all countries. In addition, space in some countries may still be limited. In these instances, we hope candidates are able to secure space in alternative locations. However, candidates should only book into a country they are able to safely travel to in accordance with local government guidelines.

Do I have to book in my country of residence?

Candidates should only book into a country they are able to safely travel to, in accordance with local government guidelines. This does not have to be your current country of residence.

What is computer-based testing and how does it work?

Please find more information about the new computer-based testing on our New Exams IT System page.

What if I need reasonable adjustments to be put in place to sit the exam?

Requests for reasonable adjustments must be made by the close of the application window, at 4pm UK time on Tuesday 13 April 2021. If you wish to request an adjustment to the examination setting, please first read the Supporting Special Circumstances Policy and submit your request to ExamConfidentialEnquiries­

Queries and contact

We are experiencing a high volume of queries during this busy time with the pandemic. To ensure a timely response, we strongly advise all candidates to check the FAQs above and the general main Part 1 FAQs page, to see if your question is answered already. If you still have any further queries, please contact us at and we will check and respond as soon as we can.