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Changes to the Part 1 and Part 2 MRCOG written exams

News 29 April 2014

From March 2015, the format of the MRCOG Part 1 and Part 2 written examinations will be changing. This is to modernise the examination and ensure the assessment is as fair, robust and reproducible as possible. Not only does the MRCOG serve to recognise specialists fit for purpose within the environment of the current NHS, but it also has a global reach and supports overseas candidates. This change will benefit both UK and overseas candidates. The examination will not be easier or harder to pass as the standards will not change.

From March 2015, the following changes will be introduced:

Part 1

In the past there have been both Single Best Answers (SBA) and True/False Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). The new examination will only have SBA questions and the MCQ questions will be removed. The examination will be the same length and still consist of two papers, each containing 100 SBA questions. Each paper will cover the same components as previous exams.

  • Paper 1:
    • 2.5 hours
    • 100 SBA items
  • Paper 2:
    • 2.5 hours
    • 100 SBA items

Part 2

The written component of the Part 2 examination is also changing. It will change from three papers into two papers. The Short Answer Questions (paper 1) are being removed from the examination. The Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) will continue and be expanded. The MCQ component will change into a SBA component. The OSCE component will remain the same.

  • Paper 1:
    • 3 hours
    • 50 SBA items
    • 50 EMQ items
  • Paper 2:
    • 3 hours
    • 50 SBA items
    • 50 EMQ items

Prior to March 2015, there will be no changes to the current examination.