All components of the Final FRCR (Part B) examination are presented digitally using computer workstations, but the extent to which candidates are involved in selecting and moving through images varies between the different examination components.
During this component the assessing examiner sits next to the candidate, with the second examiner seated towards the back of the examination cubicle. The assessing examiner selects images via their examiner monitor, which is hidden from candidate view. Selected images are then displayed on the candidate’s high resolution, portrait orientation monitor for discussion. The examiner will move through individual images, however the examiner and candidate share one mouse, which is operated by each interchangeably. The menu bar for the candidate screen is limited to zoom, window, pan, scroll and reset and candidates use the mouse pointer to indicate areas being discussed. A sample image is provided as an example of the type of image that may be shown.
In the unlikely event of computer hardware or software failure during the oral component, the examiners will make a decision on whether the candidate should continue in a spare cubicle, return later in the day or if the assessment can end at that point.
Reporting and Rapid Reporting
Candidates are seated at a workstation comprising a 21.5" Apple Mac Core i5 and a mouse (right click disabled) but not a keyboard. The Osirix software used to deliver the examination provides a simple image viewing window and the ability to move through images. Guidance on the use of the software is available via a short instructional video shown to candidates in the examination waiting area. When viewing the video remotely image quality is dependent on local hardware and software, so please note the image quality in the video does not reflect image quality in the Anatomy examination.
Candidates are also permitted a short time prior to the start of the examination to move between two practice images at workstations.
During the course of the examination, all screen activity on computer workstations is monitored and recorded centrally. If suspicious activity is identified on an individual workstation, it will be “locked” remotely in order that the College can investigate further.
In the unlikely event of computer hardware or software failure during the examination, the candidate should alert an invigilator by raising their hand – spare workstations are available if necessary.