Purpose of assessment
The Final FRCR (Part B) assessment examines candidates on all aspects of clinical radiology against the Specialty Training Curriculum for Clinical Radiology. The Final 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 Final FRCR (Part B) examination consists of a reporting session, a rapid reporting session and an oral examination. All components are examined via an image viewing session and held during a single examination period twice a year. The scoring system document explains how each component is marked and overall results are determined. Further general information on the examination shows in the guidance notes for candidates.
New reporting and rapid reporting platform
From spring 2018 the 'written' element of the Final FRCR (Part B) examination will be delivered on a new digital platform in a larger number of venues - further information on these changes are supplied in the FAQs. Candidates should familiarise themselves with the new platform via an instructional video and accompanying demonstration site prior to attempting the examination.
Candidates who have passed the Final FRCR (Part A) examination, are permitted to enter the Part B examination once 34 months of clinical radiology training have been completed. Candidates who are undergoing formal specialist training in the UK are guaranteed a place at the Final FRCR (Part B) examination; overseas trained candidates will be offered places not taken by UK trainees following the application closing date.
Dates, fees and venues
The examination is normally held in April and October each year - specific information shows in the dates and fees document. Joint examinations with partner organisations are also held in Singapore in the Spring and Hong Kong in the Autumn.
Full details of the Reporting & Rapid Reporting venues for Autumn 2018 will be published here when available.
How to apply
Online applications for the Autumn 2018 sitting are now open. Only UK trainees and confirmed NHS contributors can apply online. The closing date for applications is Friday 3 August at 4pm.
Applicants who have trained outside the UK should read the overseas application process and submit an application for the examination when advised in the dates and fees document. They MUST NOT apply online.
Generic examiners' reports are available as a guide to candidates and trainers preparing for future sittings of the examination.