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Part 3 MRCOG: Candidate instructions

Instructions for candidates taking the Part 3 MRCOG

Please read all the information carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in failing the examination.


Before the exam

Your candidate entrance ticket will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks prior to the exam.

Please check your entrance ticket very carefully and note where and at what time you must attend the examination (all times are local).

If the spelling of your name has been misinterpreted, please advise the Examination Department as soon as possible by emailing

Candidates will sent a confidentiality agreement which must be signed and returned before the exam.


At the venue

Candidates are discouraged from bringing smart devices such as iPads and laptops to venues.

No electronic devices are permitted to be used in the candidate waiting area. All mobile phones, smart devices, bleepers and pagers must be switched off and sealed in security bags provided at registration. The sealed security bags will be kept secure during the examination and returned at the end. Candidates found using electronic devices in the candidate waiting area may not be admitted to the examination.

Candidates are discouraged from bringing large amounts of luggage to exam venues, as there is limited space for storage. Luggage and items of clothing are left at your own risk.

Private parenting rooms (for attend to the caring needs of a child, including feeding and changing) vary at UK and international venues; please check directly with your venue for details.

There are no parking facilities available for candidates on College premises in London. Parking facilities vary at other UK and international venues; please check directly with your venue for details.


Attending the exam

Candidates must attend to all private / personal matters prior to commencement of the examination.

The examination will start on time.

No concession will be granted to any candidate who, for whatever reason, does not attend the briefing/examination at the correct starting time.


What to bring

When attending the examination you must bring:

  • Entrance ticket (paper copy is required)
  • Photographic identification that includes your name

Refreshments, except for water, will not be available to candidates. Please feel free to bring your own refreshments to consume in the candidate waiting area.


All RCOG examinations operate a policy of "no ID, no entry".

Acceptable forms of identification:

  • Signed passport
  • Full or provisional photographic driving licence
  • HM Armed Forces identity card (UK)
  • UK Biometric Residence card

Candidates who fail to produce satisfactory photographic ID may be refused entry to the examination.

If you have any queries regarding the validity of your ID, please email the Examinations Department immediately at

Mobile phones and electronic devices

Mobile phones, smart watches and other electronic devices are not allowed into the candidate waiting area.

Mobile phones, smart watches or electronic devices brought to examinations must be switched off and fully deactivated for the duration of the examination. Candidates should ensure before their devices are handed to examination staff that they are powered off. Failure to comply with these requirements may lead to disqualification from the examination.

A mobile phone, smart watch or electronic device found in the possession of a candidate during an examination, or the ringing, vibrating or any audible ‘beep’ heard from a mobile phone, smart watch or electronic device whilst an examination is taking place, will be reported to the RCOG Examination and Assessment Committee.


The start of the exam

At the start of the exam session you will receive a candidate briefing giving practical rules and instructions on how to proceed through the exam. For your assistance, some of these rules are given below:

  1. No textbooks, papers, calculators, mobile telephones, pocket computers or similar articles are allowed into the examination room.
  2. No smoking is allowed; no smoking devices are permitted.
  3. Any form of communication between candidates during the examination is strictly forbidden.
  4. Candidates must not start the examination until instructed by the invigilator and must not continue to answer after an examination has ended.
  5. Where there is any infringement of instructions 1, 2, 3, 4 candidates will be disqualified and may not be allowed to sit any subsequent examinations.
  6. Candidates who are late for any part of the examination may not be admitted.
  7. Pencils, paper and all examination material will be provided.

  8. Any candidate wishing to attract an examiner’s attention should raise their hand.
  9. You must wear your candidate number label at all times.


During the exam

Format of the Part 3 Clinical Assessment

  • Simulated patient/colleague tasks involve the candidate interacting with an actor who has been trained and fully briefed in the role they are to play. The actor will know all the relevant details pertaining to the case and will have some scripted questions to prompt, if needed.

  • Structured discussion tasks involve the candidate interacting directly with a clinical examiner. The examiner will have detailed instructions about the task and a list of questions that they can use to prompt the candidate or to move the task on to ensure that the candidate does not run out of time. The examiner may give the candidate further information as the scenario evolves and then ask further questions.

Each task is 12 minutes in length, which includes 2 minutes of initial reading time. A buzzer will indicate the start of the examination, you will stand outside the cubicle and read the task material available on the board. After the 2 minutes, a buzzer will sound again and you will proceed into the cubicle for assessment. After 10 minutes the buzzer will sound and you must leave immediately and move to the next task and start reading. You will continue this cycle until you have attended all 14 tasks. The duration of the examination is 2 hours 48 minutes.

Each task is based on one of the 14 modules detailed in the Part 3 MRCOG syllabus.

Each of the Part 3 modules is assessed in the context of 5 domains:

  • Patient safety
  • Communication with patients and their relatives
  • Communication with colleagues
  • Information gathering
  • Applied clinical knowledge

Each of the 14 tasks will assess between 3 and 4 of the domains to reflect everyday clinical practice where, for example, communicating with patients is inextricably linked with applied clinical knowledge or communicating with colleagues also involves aspects of patient safety.

For purposes of quality control, and in order to ensure consistency, a member of the Part 3 MRCOG Sub-Committee may observe one or more of your stations during the examination.

For reasons of security, candidates for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment must be facially visible and identifiable. Invigilators and Examiners have been instructed by the Examination and Assessment Committee that they may not discuss questions. Candidates are not permitted to copy any part of the examination material and on no account may the station tasks be removed from the examination hall. All examination materials remain the property of the college at all times and may not be copied or reproduced in any form whatsoever.

Read more on the Part 3 MRCOG revision resources.



Your result for the examination will be sent by email approximately 6 weeks from the date of the exam.

If you have not received your result by this time, you may request a copy of your results by emailing us at with your full name, registration number, candidate number and date of birth.

We cannot give any information or results over the phone.

Your results will not be disclosed to anyone else, so please do not ask a friend or relative to contact us on your behalf. You must contact us yourself.


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