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MCQ Assessment

There are two parts to the Induction and Refresher Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Iearning needs assessment; both are designed to assess some of the essential competences outlined in the national person specification and are based around clinical scenarios. Applicants will first be asked to complete a professional dilemmas (PD) paper, followed by a clinical problem solving (CPS) paper.

Detailed information regarding the MCQ is available in the MCQ I&R Learning Needs Assessment Guidance document.

Assessment are available at locations throughout the UK and in approved sites worldwide. There are now eight sittings throughout the year and dates are listed below.

  • Wednesday 1 March 2017
    Registration forms must be received from the supporting deanery by 3 February 2017

  • Wednesday 12 April 2017
    Registration forms must be received from the supporting deanery by 13 March 2017

  • Wednesday 24 May 2017
    Registration forms must be received from the supporting deanery by 24 April 2017

  • Wednesday 7 June 2017
    Registration forms must be received from the supporting deanery by 12 May 2017

  • Wednesday 26 July 2017
    Registration forms must be received from the supporting deanery by 26 June 2017

  • Wednesday 6 September 2017
    Registration forms must be received from the supporting deanery by 11 August 2017

  • Wednesday 1 November 2017
    Registration forms must be received from the supporting deanery by 2 October 2017

  • Wednesday 6 December 2017
    Registration forms must be received from the supporting deanery by 10 November 2017

Number of permissible attempts and associated costs

Applicants are permitted a maximum number of four attempts at the MCQ. The first attempt (both papers) is free, subsequent attempts will be charged at £150 if you are required to re-sit both papers and £75 to re-sit a single paper. A successful attempt at the MCQ is valid for a maximum of 12 months from the date of the assessment.

Preparation resources for entry assessments

For some information about resources you could use to help prepare for the new Induction and Refresher (I&R) learning needs assessments, please read this document.