Answers to frequently asked questions about the Part 3 MRCOG.
What is the Part 3 MRCOG exam?
The Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment aims to assess candidates’ ability to apply core clinical skills in the context of the skills, knowledge, attitudes and competencies as defined in the Part 2 MRCOG curriculum.
The exam will assess the following five core skill domains:
- Patient safety
- Communicating with patients and families
- Communicating with colleagues
- Information gathering
- Applied clinical knowledge
Further information can be found on the Part 3 MRCOG syllabus and format pages.
How do I apply to sit the Part 3 MRCOG?
Eligible candidates can apply for the Part 3 MRCOG online. The application period is only open for a short period of time: please visit the Part 3 MRCOG exam calendar page for information about when you can apply. Any requests for special arrangements during the exam must be submitted before the closing date for applications.
How much does it cost to sit the Part 3 MRCOG?
Fees are listed on the Exam calendar and fees page.
Where can I take the Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment?
Please refer to the Part 3 MRCOG exam calendar for details of exam centres.
When will my entry ticket be sent to me?
Your entry ticket will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks before your exam. You will need to print out your entry ticket and bring it with you to the exam, together with photographic identification.
What if I need a visa to get to the exam venue?
The College cannot advise you on this matter. Please contact the relevant consulate for information about any visa requirements before applying for the exam. If you need a letter from the Exam Department confirming your attendance at the exam, please inform us when applying for the exam, and ensure that you apply in good time.
Can I postpone my exam?
The regulations state that candidates who withdraw their application for a particular exam after the closing date, or who fail to appear, shall forfeit the exam fee. The application forms include a reminder of this regulation. This means the College cannot refund your entry fee after an exam’s closing date and your candidature for the exam will remain. The College cannot make changes or transfers of centres after the closing date. If you fail to attend the exam, your entry will not be counted as an attempt.
In certain prescribed circumstances, the College does consider refunding the entry fee. If you wish to apply for this, please do so in writing (hard copy, not email or fax) to the Part 3 MRCOG Secretary at the RCOG immediately after the exam you failed to attend, enclosing documentary evidence to support your circumstances.
How is data about my exam dealt with?
If you are registered or anticipate being registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), your personal data, including data about your exam results, will be passed to the GMC for quality assurance and for research purposes, and to facilitate the awarding of Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT).
How many times can I attempt the Part 3 MRCOG?
Candidates are permitted four attempts at the Part 3 MRCOG. Candidates who do not pass after four attempts are required to take the Part 2 MRCOG exam again.
Is there a time limit between passing the Part 2 MRCOG and passing the Part 3 MRCOG?
No, but the College does require you to have attempted the Part 3 at least once within seven years after passing the Part 2 MRCOG.
After passing the Part 2 MRCOG written exam, do I have to appear for the immediately succeeding Part 3 MRCOG?
No. Candidates who pass the Part 2 MRCOG written exam must attempt the Part 3 MRCOG clinical assessment within seven years (pro rata). If they do not attempt the Part 3 MRCOG clinical assessment within this timeframe, they will be required to take the Part 2 MRCOG exam again.
I have passed the MRCOG but have not received my certificate. Who should I contact?
Please email the Membership Relations team or call +44 20 7772 6248.
What’s the procedure if I want a more detailed breakdown of my exam results?
Candidates’ results letters contain the feedback approved by the Examination and Assessment Committee. For more information, please read the RCOG’s complaints and appeals procedures.
What courses do you recommend to help prepare for the Part 3 MRCOG?
The only courses the RCOG can wholeheartedly recommend are those run by the College itself. Visit the College’s courses and events pages for more information.
A dedicated Part 3 eLearning resource will be available on StratOG in Summer 2016 and an official preparation book will be published later in the year.
If you have a question that isn’t answered here, or you can’t find what you need on the website, please email the Exam Department at MRCOGpart3@rcog.org.uk or call +44 20 7772 6210.