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Part 2 MRCOG: format

This page provides information about the format of the Part 2 MRCOG exam, including number of papers and question types.

The Part 2 MRCOG consists of a written examination. Candidates must pass the Part 2 MRCOG before taking Part 3 MRCOG.

Written exam

There are two written papers. Each paper counts for the same amount of marks (i.e. paper 1 counts for 50% of the mark, and paper 2 also counts for 50% of the mark). Each paper consists of two question formats: 

  • Single best answer questions (SBAs) – worth 40% of the total mark
  • Extended matching questions (EMQs) – worth 60% of the total mark

Timetable

Paper 1

  • Duration: 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Number of questions: 50 SBAs, 50 EMQs
  • Time management: Candidates are responsible for their own time management. However, the RCOG recommends spending 70 minutes on the SBA questions and 110 minutes on the EMQ questions

Lunch break (approx 60 minutes)

Paper 2

  • Duration: 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Number of questions: 50 SBAs, 50 EMQs
  • Time management: Candidates are responsible for their own time management. However, the RCOG recommends spending 70 minutes on the SBA questions and 110 minutes on the EMQ questions

Question types

For more information on each of the question types, please see the pages on SBAs and EMQs.

Contact us

For more information, or if you have any questions, please email the Examination Department or call +44 20 7772 6210.

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