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. From spring 2018 the Reporting and Rapid Reporting components will be delivered on a new digital platform in a larger number of venues - further information on these changes are supplied in the FAQs. 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.
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.
How to apply
Applicants should ensure they have read the guidance notes for applicants and the examination regulations before applying. Frequently asked questions are also available. Applications are now open for the Spring 2018 sitting and will close on Friday 2 February at 4pm. Only UK-trained candidates may apply online at this time.
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. Non-UK candidates must not apply online.
A sample image from the oral component is provided, as are instructions for candidates to follow during the examination. A demonstration site of the new platform for the reporting and rapid reporting components will be made available in January 2018.
Generic examiners' reports are available as a guide to candidates and trainers preparing for future sittings of the examination.