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Exam regulations & policies

Regulations and policies covering refunds, rescheduling, adjustments, appeals, number of attempts, and misconduct.

Exam regulations

Candidates are required to read the relevant regulations prior to booking an exam:

Information for candidates requiring an adjustment (such as additional time)

Candidates requiring special arrangements to be put in place at their exam to compensate for disability should refer to the adjustments procedure. Requests should be made in writing and submitted with the exam application form – supporting medical evidence is required for some requests.

Exam Adjustments Procedure

Information for candidates withdrawing from an exam

The RCR’s exam hub enables candidates to book their exams up to one year in advance and to manage those bookings online. This includes the ability to cancel or reschedule an exam up until the published booking closing date. Changes after the booking closing date must be made by contacting the Exams Team. Find more about the exam refund and reschedule policy

Exam Refund and Reschedule Policy

Information for unsuccessful candidates

As is standard practice in professional exams, pass marks are set and adhered to. The passing standard attached to each module/exam has been identified by RCR examiners as the minimum competence level required for success. As with all assessments there are candidates who fall both above, and below, this level.

Candidates who have been unsuccessful can appeal against their fail result. This allows candidates to challenge their fail result on the grounds that it is incorrect for some reason other than the marks being at fault. Appeals are only deemed valid on procedural grounds; the appeals procedure provides more information on acceptable grounds for appeal. 

Appeal Policy and Procedure for FRCR and DDMFR Exams

Number of permitted attempts at FRCR exams

The GMC has set expectations for the number of attempts candidates are permitted at all Royal College exams.  From Spring 2015, no candidate will automatically be permitted more than six attempts at any exam or exam module. In order to attempt an exam for a seventh, or further, time candidates will have to demonstrate additional educational experience. Further background information is available on the GMC's website.

Background information from the GMC

Under the new regulations, following six unsuccessful attempts candidates are required to take a one year break prior to the seventh attempt, within which time the candidate’s educational needs should be addressed.

These changes apply to all candidates and no special consideration can be applied due to an individual’s personal circumstances.

Number of Exam Attempts - FAQs

Information of tax relief on FRCR exams

UK trainees who take FRCR exams may be able to claim tax relief on their exam fees via post or online. 

How to claim Income Tax relief for your employment expenses

Candidate misconduct

It is a matter of fundamental importance that the RCR maintains the integrity of its exams. By virtue of entering an exam, a candidate is deemed to have understood and agreed to abide by and respect all exam regulations and policies, including the Misconduct Policy. This new document outlines the standards of conduct expected from exam candidates, as well as the penalties for misconduct and procedures in cases of alleged misconduct.

Exam misconduct policy

Information for candidates wanting to report exam incidents

Candidates must report procedural irregularities experienced during an exam either at the exam venue using a paper incident form (provided by an invigilator) or by completing the online incident form via the Exam Hub within 48 hours of the exam. The form must be received within 48 hours of the exam should candidates want to refer to the incident in an appeal. For more information, please read the Appeal Policy.

Appeal Policy and Procedure for FRCR and DDMFR Exams

Emergency situations

An exam could be cancelled by the RCR due to force majeure, including any of the following:

  • Adverse weather and other natural disaster (including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, or hurricane);
  • Governmental act, war, explosion or accident, civil commotion, armed hostilities, act of terrorism, revolution;
  • Blockade, embargo, lock-out or other industrial dispute;
  • Breakdown of systems or network access;
  • Act or intervention of any competent judicial or regulatory authority;
  • Any other event (including without limitation any act or omission of any third party) beyond our reasonable control that could be reasonably planned or avoided.

Exam help & guidance

Help on using the Exam Hub, booking exams, and more. 

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