First FRCR Examination


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 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.

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. Applicants should ensure they meet the entry requirements by reading the examination regulations before applying.

How to apply

Examination and application dates, as well as a list of available venues are shown in the dates and fees document. 

Candidate resources

The College 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.