First FRCR Examination

Important COVID-19 guidelines

Please ensure you have read our latest statement on COVID-19 and RCR examinations before applying for or attending an examination. Should any candidate feel unwell or display symptoms they should not attend the examination.

We recognise that many trainees will have missed out on training time and the preparation courses they expected to take part in. For the next sitting of the First FRCR examinations we are relaxing our normal requirement for completion of relevant courses. However we don’t encourage any candidates to take examinations for which they do not feel prepared, and we recommend discussing your readiness with your educational supervisor if in any doubt. See our advice on how decisions on progress for UK trainees will be made in the absence of examination evidence.

How to apply

Online application for the Autumn 2020 sitting is now closed.

Applicants should read the information specific to the autumn 2020 sitting and ensure they meet the entry requirements by reading the examination regulations before applying online.


The First FRCR Examination expects candidates to have acquired a broad knowledge of those subjects that relate to the investigation and management of patients with cancer. Candidates are examined against the Specialty Training Curriculum for Clinical Oncology and the clinical oncology syllabus. The First FRCR Examination purpose of assessment statement details the examination's purpose, the required level of candidate training and the application of results. It is hoped that the statement will assist candidates, and those involved in their training, in understanding the scope of the FRCR examination and with relating the examination to other in-training assessments.

Dates, fees and venues

The First FRCR Examination comprises four papers of single best answer (SBA) questions. The written papers for the four subjects are held twice a year over two consecutive days. Further general information on the examination shows in the guidance notes for candidates. 

The autumn schedule for 2020 examinations is available.

Candidate resources

The RCR provides a suggested reading list for candidates. Sample SBA questions and a copy of the answer sheet are provided, as are instructions for candidates to follow during the examination. The Oncology Registrars' Forum (ORF) have prepared advice for candidates from trainees who have already sat the examination. Generic examiners' reports are available as a guide to candidates and trainers preparing for future sittings of the examination.