LONDON, UK, April 30, 2014 — The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom has decided to renew its multi-year partnership with Pearson VUE to deliver Speciality Certificate Examinations (SCEs) globally.
The SCEs are a requirement for specialist physicians in the UK and provide an international benchmark for postgraduate medical education. There are 12 specialities, each developed with the relevant UK medical specialist societies.
It is the latest in a series of new and renewed global partnerships for computer-based testing leader Pearson VUE, which will continue to be the sole provider of the multiple choice test, divided into two three-hour exams comprising 100 questions. Candidates can sit the test at Pearson VUE’s network of over 5,000 highly secure test centres in 178 countries.
Helena Sturridge, Chief Operating Officer, Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCPUK), said: “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Pearson VUE as they deliver our high-quality Speciality Certificate Examinations on an international scale. We chose to renew our partnership because of Pearson VUE’s global presence which means greater accessibility for candidates, highly secure test environments and world-class service.”
Bob Whelan, President and CEO, Pearson VUE, said: “This renewal of our partnership with the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK means that we will continue to deliver exams that potentially improve the careers and lives of specialist physicians who have a positive impact on health standards.”
About the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom
The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom sets internationally recognised standards in medicine. The Federation is a partnership between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Physicians of London. The colleges work together to deliver the Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom diploma (MRCP(UK)) and specialty certificate examinations (SCEs.)