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Notice to Candidates as of 14 July 2014
MRCS Standard Setting process

Since its inception, the MRCS Part B OSCE examination has used a single pass rule at each examination session, even though the form of the test (circuit) has not been identical on every day of that examination session. Parity of standards has been maintained through statistical methods and through the scrutiny by assessors.

To further enhance the standard setting process ICBSE in conjunction with the GMC have agreed that a different pass mark should be generated (using the current borderline regression methodology) by circuit, rather than for the examination as a whole. This means that, though the pass mark will be similar for different circuits, it is unlikely to be identical. This will reflect the variation in the relative difficulties of the scenarios that make up any given circuit. The consequences of doing so have been modelled and found to yield a very similar overall pass rate.

This standard setting process for the MRCS Part B will come in to effect as of October 2014 examination.


Amendment to MRCS Regulations

With effect from the April 2013 diet, and in accordance with guidance issued by the United Kingdom General Medical Council, candidates will no longer have unlimited attempts at Part A of the MRCS examination. The regulations have been amended to allow candidates 6 attempts only at Part A (reg 2.1.6)

May 2013


Dear candidates,

The GMC has agreed that doctors who are already in specialty training, or who enter specialty training by 31 October 2013 will be able to have any valid passes in previously approved national professional examinations counted towards a CCT, even if they were obtained outside approved training.

For further information please go to http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/postgraduate/9705.asp