Final FRCR Part A Examination

Purpose of assessment

The Final FRCR (Part A) single best answer (SBA) papers examine candidates on all aspects of clinical radiology and the basic sciences of physics, anatomy and techniques, 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.   


From December 2017, the Final FRCR (Part A) examination will comprise two papers, each containing 120 questions and covering a broad range of the core curriculum. The duration of each paper is three hours. UK trainees who were part-way through the modular papers in 2017 and met the published criteria to continue to attempt the modular examination throughout 2018 should refer to the modular format page. Further information on the format change – initially published in December 2016 – can be found in the frequently asked questions document

Entry requirements

Candidates must have passed the First FRCR examination, comprising of the Anatomy and Physics modules. Candidates will also be expected to have acquired 24 months in a formal clinical radiology training post by the month which the examination is taken. Further general information on the examination can be found in the guidance notes for candidates.

Dates, fees and venues

The examination will be held in June and December each year. Further information can be found in the dates and fees document. Full details of venues for Summer 2018 can be found here.

How to apply

Applicants should ensure they have read the examination regulations before applying. Frequently asked questions are also available. Online applications for the Summer 2018 sitting are now closed.

Sample questions and guidance

Sample SBA questions and a copy of the single paper answer sheets for the Final FRCR (Part A) examination are provided. Candidates are supplied with a candidate reference sheet for use during the examination. This gives information about normal ranges for investigations and frequently used abbreviations. Examiners have developed guidance for candidates to help understand the SBA format and how to approach questions - this document also provides questions that have been used previously in the Final FRCR (Part A) examination. Examiners have also provided guidance for candidates on TNM Staging - this document explains the knowledge required to answer questions related to this topic.