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MRCOG Part 2 Exam January 2021 Update

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, hosting our first MRCOG Part 2 computer-based exams on 29 September 2020.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, social distancing measures and government restrictions in place across individual countries, we were unable to accommodate all of our candidates affected by the postponement of our July 2020 exams. As a result, for the January 2021 exam we will be prioritising placements for candidates we had to defer from 2020.

Therefore, we will only be opening up the application window to new bookings in the following countries:

  • UK
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Nigeria
  • Malaysia
  • United Arab Emirates

Candidates should only book into one of the above countries if they are currently residents in any of those listed. Due to the continued impact of the pandemic we will not be able to accept new applications from candidates based in any other country.

Candidates will need to ensure that their ‘Main address’ details provided in their RCOG account are updated, and match the country they are booking into.

We appreciate this will be disappointing news for many candidates unable to book on this occasion. Candidates based in all other countries will have the opportunity to book on our next exam sitting scheduled for 6 July 2021 – details on future booking applications windows will be provided shortly.

Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter. We have answered the questions you may have in the FAQs below. If you have any further queries, please contact Due to a high volume of queries at this time, and to ensure a timely response, we would strongly advise all candidates to check if one of the FAQs below is able to answer your question before sending in a query via email.


1. I am currently a deferred candidate do I need to reapply to sit this exam?
No, your previous application is still valid. We will be in touch shortly to provide further information on how to schedule a slot in one of Pearson VUE’s test centres.

2. I am currently a deferred candidate, will I only be able to book a space in a Pearson VUE test centre in one of the country locations listed above?
No, capacity for deferred candidates is being prioritised. There will be places in other countries for you to book. The above list is only limited to any new booking applications.

3. I am looking to make a new application booking, but I am not based in one of the countries listed above, am I able to book a place in January 2021?
No, unfortunately due to the continued impact of COVID-19, capacity is limited for us to prioritise space for deferred candidates unable to sit in 2020. The next exam sitting is on 6 July 2021 – details of the application window will be provided shortly.

4. What is computer-based testing and how does it work?
Please refer to our Exams IT System page where you will find more information.

5. 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 (9 November 2020). If you wish to request an adjustment to the examination setting please first read the Supporting Special Circumstances Policy and submit your request to