Exams FAQs

Am I eligible to sit the FRCEM Primary?
Am I eligible for FRCEM Intermediate SAQ?
Am I eligible for MRCEM OSCE?
Do I have to take the FRCEM Intermediate SJP?
Am I eligible for the FRCEM Final?
Where can I sit RCEM examinations?
When can I apply to sit an examination?
When will I find out my examination results?
When will I receive feedback for my exam result?
I didn’t receive feedback but all my friends did?
If I withdraw from an exam will I get a refund?
Can I transfer my fee instead of getting a refund?
I’m an international candidate and my visa hasn’t been issued yet or has been declined, what do I do?
The exam closing date has passed but I now need to withdraw, can I get a refund? 
If I don’t attend an exam, will it be counted as an attempt?
How many times can I attempt an exam?
Do I get a formal certificate for passing the Intermediate exams?
Are my exam fees tax deductible?
Are there any qualifications which exempt me from the FRCEM Primary examination?
What should I wear to my OSCE examination?

Am I eligible to sit the FRCEM Primary?
Providing you hold a medical qualification approved by the General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of registration.

Candidates registered with the Irish Medical Council (IMC) or an international medical council are required to upload a copy of their current medical registration document at the time of application.

Am I eligible for FRCEM Intermediate SAQ?
Providing you hold a medical qualification approved by the General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of registration.

Candidates would need to of completed the UK foundation programme or equivalent. Evidence would need to be uploaded to your application when applying.

Candidates are eligible if they have the above and one of the following:

  1. MRCEM Part A examination after 1 August 2012 and prior to 31 July 2016.
  2. FRCEM Primary examination after 1 August 2016
  3. Been granted exemption (DRE-EM) from the FRCEM Primary or MRCEM Part A as a result of obtaining MRCS or MRCSI after 1 January 2012.

For more information about Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine (DRE-EM) Please see https://www.rcem.ac.uk/RCEM/Exams_Training/UK_Trainees/DRE-EM/RCEM/Exams_Training/UK_Trainees/DRE-EM.aspx?hkey=cdfe599f-9f6a-4d3b-bf30-c0ad77a74b37.

Am I eligible for MRCEM OSCE?
Providing you hold a medical qualification approved by the General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of registration. 

Candidates would need to of completed the UK foundation programme or equivalent. Evidence would need to be uploaded to your application when applying.

Candidates are eligible if they have the above and passed either the following:

  1. Has passed the FRCEM Primary examination after 1 August 2016 or
  2. Has passed the MRCEM Part A examination after 1 August 2012 and prior to 31 July 2016
Candidates would also need to have passed one of the following:

  1. FRCEM Intermediate SAQ after 1 August 2016 or
  2. MRCEM Part B examination after 1 August 2012 and prior to 31 July 2016

Applicants must have 36 months experience including 6 months experience in Emergency Medicine at a level above Foundation Year 1 (post full registration)

Do I have to take the FRCEM Intermediate SJP?
Candidates who have not been awarded MRCEM prior to August 2018 are still able to sit the required examinations in order to be awarded MRCEM but should be aware that they will be required to pass the FRCEM Intermediate SJP should they wish to sit the FRCEM Final Examinations at a future date.

Am I eligible for the FRCEM Final?
Candidates who have completed MRCEM are eligible to sit FRCEM Final exams. Candidates who have also completed FRCEM Primary, FRCEM Intermediate SAQ and Intermediate SJP can go on to the FRCEM final exams.

Where can I sit RCEM examinations?
We hold exams in the UK, Ireland and internationally:

  • FRCEM Primary- London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds, Cardiff, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Reykjavik, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat
  • FRCEM Intermediate SAQ - London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds, Cardiff, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur
  • FRCEM intermediate SJP - London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds, Cardiff, Kuala Lumpur
  • MRCEM OSCE – London and centres in India
  • FRCEM Final SAQ/CA - London, Nottingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Dublin, Southampton
  • FRCEM OSCE – London
  • FRCEM Final QIP – Online submission

When can I apply to sit an examination?
You can apply to sit an exam on our website. You can only apply to sit a specific exam when the window for the exam is open. The deadline for each exam would be 5pm (GMT) on the deadline day. Applications received after this will not be accepted. You can apply here

When will I find out my examination results?
The results for each component of exams will be published on a pre-advised day approximately four weeks after the date of the examination. For the current results dates please see our exams calendar on our dates and fees section.

When will I receive feedback for my exam result?
Feedback will be emailed to candidates within four weeks of the publication of results. Examination results will not be issued or confirmed by telephone or email.

I didn’t receive feedback but all my friends did?
If you didn’t receive your feedback, then you should contact us, and we will resend it by email. You would need to provide us with your full name, the exam you sat, date of exam and candidate number if you have it.

If I withdraw from an exam will I get a refund?
If you withdraw from an examination before the closing date, for any reason, you will get a full refund.

Can I transfer my fee instead of getting a refund?
You can transfer your exam within the exam window to the next exam date.

If it is for QIP and you contact us within the window, you will get a full refund as we don’t transfer QIP submissions anymore. You would need to apply again in the next window.

I’m an international candidate and my visa hasn’t been issued yet or has been declined
If your visa has been declined you should send documentary evidence of this to the Exams Office. 

If your visa is delayed, you will need to provide documentary evidence to demonstrate that you applied for your visa in good time before the examination.  Your application will be considered by a Manager and if approved a full refund will be issued.

The exam closing date has passed but I now need to withdraw, can I get a refund? 
In exceptional circumstances, for matters beyond your control, you can request to have your fee transferred or refunded.  You will need to supply documentary evidence e.g. a medical certificate if you or a direct family member are unwell. 
 
A lack of preparation is not a sufficient reason to transfer an examination entry.

If I don’t attend an exam, will it be counted as an attempt?
No, an attempt is only counted if you attend the examination.  If you are absent you will be recorded as such.

How many times can I attempt an exam?
Attempts at all components are limited as follows:

  • FRCEM Primary – six attempts
  • FRCEM Intermediate SAQ – six attempts
  • FRCEM Intermediate SJP – six attempts
  • FRCEM Final Critical Appraisal – four attempts
  • FRCEM Final SAQ – four attempts
  • FRCEM Final QIP – four attempts
  • FRCEM Final OSCE – four attempts

Do I get a formal certificate for passing the Intermediate exams?
No, certificates are only issued for achievement of Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. 

Are my exam fees tax deductible?
Doctors in in the UK training programme should refer to the advice provided by the Emergency Medicine Trainees' Association (EMTA) "claiming back the costs of training" which is available on the EMTA website

Are there any qualifications which exempt me from the FRCEM Primary examination?
Exemption from the Primary is only an option for trainees on the DREEM training scheme in the UK, please refer to the Primary regulation pack for further information.

What should I wear to my OSCE examination?
Candidates can wear scrubs or smart professional attire.