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Regulations on MRCOG exam currency and number of attempts

Exam currency refers to the length of time a pass remains valid. Once this period has expired, the original exam will need to be retaken.

Number of attempts refers to the maximum number of times a candidate is permitted to take the exam.

Candidates wishing to enter onto the UK Specialist Register (now or in the future)

These regulations are the result of a GMC-led consultation on UK national postgraduate professional exams and represent an agreement between all medical royal colleges and faculties.

Exam currency

  • Candidates who have passed the Part 1 MRCOG after March 2013 need to attempt the Part 2 MRCOG within 7 years of their exam date.

    The 7-year period is pro rata. This means that the 7-year period is proportionally extended, up to a maximum of 10 years, for trainees in less than full-time training or who take a break from training.

    Where trainees have passed the Part 1 MRCOG while out of programme, the pass will be considered current as long as the trainee re-enters the programme within 7 years of passing the exam.
  • Candidates who passed the Part 1 MRCOG in or before March 2013 need to attempt the Part 2 MRCOG within 10 years of their exam.

  • Candidates who have passed the Part 2 MRCOG need to attempt the Part 3 MRCOG within 7 years (pro rata) of their exam date.
  • There is no restriction on the length of time between attempts of the Part 2 or Part 3 MRCOG.

  • The Part 1 MRCOG may be attempted before entry to UK specialty training.

Number of attempts

  • Candidates will be permitted no more than 6 attempts at each of the Part 1 MRCOG and Part 2 MRCOG exams, regardless of the date of their first attempt.

  • Candidates (UK-based and non-UK-based) will be permitted no more than 4 attempts at the Part 3 MRCOG exam. If they do not pass within four attempts, they will be required to retake Part 2 MRCOG.
  • Candidates wishing to attempt either the Part 1 MRCOG or the Part 2 MRCOG following 6 previous fails must have supporting documentation from their Head of School (or equivalent) outlining the exceptional reasons for permitting a further attempt at the exam.

Candidates NOT wishing to enter onto the UK Specialist Register

Exam currency

  • Candidates who have passed the Part 1 MRCOG need to attempt the Part 2 MRCOG within 10 years of their exam date.

  • Candidates who have passed the Part 2 MRCOG need to attempt the Part 3 MRCOG within 7 years (pro rata) of their exam date
  • There is no restriction on the length of time between attempts of the Part 2 or Part 3 MRCOG.

Number of attempts

  • There is no attempt limit for candidates not wishing to enter onto the UK Specialist Register
  • Candidates who do not pass the Part 3 MRCOG within 4 attempts will be required to retake and pass Part 2 MRCOG, before reattempting Part 3.

Find out more

For more information, please email the Examination Department or call +44 20 7772 6210.

Elsewhere on the site

Part 1 MRCOG regulations
See the full list of regulations for the Part 1 MRCOG exam
Part 2 MRCOG regulations
See the full list of regulations for the Part 2 MRCOG exam