The RCR acknowledges that this is a particularly difficult time for trainees and would like to reassure you that we are committed to ensuring trainees can safely access FRCR examinations.
We have taken the decision to retain the online delivery model for the First FRCR and Final FRCR Part A examinations, and to introduce an online invigilation (proctoring) approach from spring 2021. Candidates will be able to sit these examinations in their own home or an alternative location that is practical for them. A live invigilator will support candidates remotely with identity checks before the examination, and ensure that the integrity of the examination is preserved. One huge benefit of the proctoring method is that candidates with COVID-19, or those self-isolating, can still take the examination from home.
The Final FRCR Part B examinations will remain in venues, with candidates being offered an automatic place in the next available examination if they are not able to attend. The RCR considers the technical requirements for the oral examinations are best delivered from venues to maintain uniformity of image quality and size.
To further support candidates we are revising our refunds policy for 2021. Wherever possible all candidates will be transferred to the next sitting of the examination rather than being given a partial refund. Candidates can contact the Examination Office at any time before an examination and defer for any COVID-related reason*. Candidates will be moved to the next sitting they are eligible for.
*including redeployment, study leave cancelled due to COVID, COVID-positive, self-isolating or venue closure. This does not include being unable to travel to the UK due to travel restrictions. Candidates book travel at their own risk.
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