New guidance on number of attempts at FFICM examinations (applicable from August 2020)
In accordance with General Medical Council guidelines on managing examinations during the pandemic, any candidate’s first sitting of an examination in a new online format (online written with remote proctoring or online face-to-face clinical) will not have that attempt counted towards the overall total six attempts if they do not receive a pass.
This temporary change applies to all FFICM examinations between August 2020 and 31 July 2021.
- if a candidate fails the first attempt of an online proctored MCQ exam, the attempt will not be counted. Subsequent sittings of the same exam will then count towards the total overall number of attempts.
- if a candidate sits the online face-to-face Final OSCE and SOE and fails one component, the passed component will be held and the failed component will not count as an attempt. Any subsequent resit will count as an attempt.
January 2021 FFICM MCQ Exam
The next FFICM Final MCQ examination is on 12 January 2021.
This exam will be delivered on line with TestReach. Please review the written exams online guidance here, including the process for scheduling the exam and technical support during the exam. You will also be able to access TestReach tutorials here.
Please see our separate statement on advice for doctors in training on the new joint website.
The FFICM Final examination can be taken at any point during Stage 2 of the training programme. Eligibility to sit the FFICM Final examination is a pass in the Primary examination of one of the complementary specialty colleges. The examination comprises three sections: Multiple Choice Question examination (MCQ), Objective Structured Oral Examination (OSCE) and the Structured Oral Examination (SOE). Candidates must pass the MCQ examination before they can take the OSCE/SOE examinations. On first attempt, candidates must book both OSCE and SOE components of the examination.
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