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Part 2 MRCOG: SBAs (single best answer questions)

This page provides information on the single best answer question (SBA) component of the Part 2 MRCOG exam, which will be a part of the Part 2 exam from March 2015.

Answering the questions

For each paper, the SBA answer sheet is numbered 1–50. Against each number there are 5 lozenges labelled A–E.

Each question in the question booklet consists of:

  • A lead-in statement, which tells you clearly what to do
  • A list of 5 options, labelled A–E to match the answer sheet

The options will nearly always be listed in alphabetical or numerical order for ease of reference. If not, they will be in the most appropriate order for easy reference.

Answer each question by boldly blacking out the letter that corresponds to the single best answer in the options list. You may feel that there are several possible answers, but you must choose only the most likely one from the options list. 

You may mark your responses in the question book and then transfer them to the answer sheet, but be aware that this will take longer and that you will have to transfer all answers fully within the time allowed for the exam.


Incorrect answers are not penalised: each incorrect answer is awarded 0 marks. It’s in your best interests to ensure you fill in one lozenge for each of the SMAs by the end of the exam.

If you mark two or more boxes for the same question, 0 marks are awarded, even if one of the answers is correct. Please ensure any mistakes are clearly and fully erased.

Practice SBAs

Some examples of obstetric and gynaecology SBA format questions are below. Remember that for each question, you need to select the single most appropriate answer from the 5 options listed.

Elsewhere on the site

Specialty training in O&G
Overview of the specialty training programme in obstetrics and gynaecology, including how the MRCOG exams fit in
The full specialty training programme in O&G – core modules, ultrasound, ATSMs, subspecialty and academic