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 at email@example.com 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 4 attempts at the Part 3 MRCOG. Candidates who do not pass after 4 attempts are required to take the Part 2 MRCOG exam again.
However, for candidates sitting the digital remote exam for the first time, this does not count as an attempt.
I am taking my exam remotely. What technical requirements will I need?
Osler Online is an online application. Your computer set-up must meet the following technical requirements for it to work.
- Laptop or PC only – Osler Online will currently NOT work with tablets or mobile devices
- NHS work laptops/desktops should not be used as they can block webcam/microphone permissions, which interferes with the program
- NHS internet Wi-Fi should not be used as they can block the program
- Windows or Mac operating systems only
- Windows 7 or newer
- Sierra 10.12 or newer
- Google Chrome web browser should be used only
- Webcam and microphone enabled
- Over the head headphones should be used. Headphones with a microphone in the cord, e.g., iPhone headphones, should not be used as they can scratch off clothes and hair and cause feedback.
- Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768
- For your exam, you will need stable internet connection. A wired connection is preferred, however WiFi should be adequate as long as you have good signal and are situated near the router.
- The minimum recommended bandwidth for Osler Online is 1.5mbps (upload and download), which should be supported by most broadband and fibre internet providers.
- If you are using a shared internet, we recommend that you ask other users to limit or stop their usage during your exam as to not affect your internet quality.
- How to check your bandwidth – Your bandwidth speeds can be tested online free. Visiting a website such as speedtest.net will allow you to find your upload and download speeds.
If you are using a portable laptop, please make sure it is fully charged prior to the start of your exam.
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 7 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 7 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 team at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 is available on RCOG eLearning.
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.