COVID-related testing information:

Testing candidates: Most Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) are open for exam delivery. We also continue to deliver exams to any third-party test centers (PVTC and PVTC Selects) with the ability to operate, though some may be operating at limited or changed capacity based on their own discretion or in response to government mandates.

Visit our COVID-19 information page (Opens in new window) for the latest information regarding exam requirements, health and safety practices, and any country-specific policies. For information on rescheduling, refunds, and more, please review our FAQs.

Welcome to the common registration assessment

Welcome to the common registration assessment

All candidates will be sitting in a Pearson VUE test centre to take the common registration assessment. Candidates will only sit remotely if it has been approved through the reasonable adjustment process or for special circumstances that have been authorised by the GPhC.

Taking your registration assessment from home through OnVue online proctoring? A live proctor will monitor you through the webcam on your workstation to provide a secure exam experience. Watch the short video on the GPhC online proctoring page to see how to sit using OnVUE.

Sitting the registration assessment

Use this system to book your assessment sitting if you have received an email from Pearson VUE to invite you book your registration assessment at this sitting. Make sure you read all the guidelines and information about how to book, and about the arrangements for the sitting itself.

The registration assessment consists of two parts. Part one is two hours and paper two is two and a half hours with a break in between. Your booking will cover both parts.


If you have been granted an adjustment, make sure you follow the instructions you have been given in as part of your adjustment confirmation, as you may need to reserve additional resources as part of your booking, or check that these have already been added.

Find out more about adjustments on the GPhC website »

Being fit to sit

It is very important that you only sit the registration assessment if you are fit to do so. Being ‘fit to sit’ means that you do not know of any reason why your performance would be adversely affected on the day of the assessment.

If you are sitting at a test centre, you may also need to withdraw from the assessment to comply with COVID 19 social distancing rules.

You will need to submit a withdrawal form to the GPhC to formally withdraw from the assessment sitting, and you should also cancel your booking.

See the GPhC website for more information on withdrawal »

Guidance to help you prepare

Before sitting the assessment, make sure you’ve read the GPhC’s Sitting the registration assessment guidance, which outlines what to expect on the assessment day. We suggest that you read the guidance along with the common registration assessment regulations to make sure that you understand what your responsibilities are as a prospective candidate.

Keeping your contact details up to date

The GPhC and Pharmaceutical Society NI are providing regular updates to candidates. If you are a GPhC candidate, and to make sure you don’t miss these, log in to your myGPhC account to ensure that your contact details are correct and up to date. You can change your contact details on myGPhC at any time. If you are Pharmaceutical Society NI candidate, contact Pharmaceutical Society NI directly to update any change of contact details.


The GPhC and Pharmaceutical Society NI will contact their respective candidates directly when their results are available.

Familiarise yourself with the assessment system

Use the familiarisation tool to see how to view and answer questions, and the test the other functionality available to you when completing the assessment papers.

Example questions – Part 1 »

Example questions – Part 2 »

Contact details

You can contact the General Pharmaceutical Council Monday to Friday, 09:30 – 17:00 by phone on 020 3713 8000.

For out of hours enquiries please email

Last updated 2021-10-25