Final FRCR Part A Examination

Important COVID-19 guidelines

Please ensure you have read the 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. For the next sitting of the Final FRCR Part A examination we are relaxing our normal requirement for completion of 24 months of training. 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 applications for the autumn 2020 sitting are now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 24 July 2020 at 16:00. 

Please read the information specific to the autumn 2020 sitting and the examination regulations before applying.

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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.   

The Final FRCR (Part A) examination comprises two papers, each containing 120 questions and covering a broad range of the core curriculum. 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. The autumn/winter schedule for 2020 examinations is now available.

Candidate resources

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. 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.