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Intercollegiate Membership examination of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (MRCS Part A)

Intercollegiate Membership examination of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (MRCS Part A)

We are pleased to announce that the MRCS Part A examination will be delivered on-screen in partnership with Pearson Vue, using their network of computer-based test centres around the world. You will need to book and attend a Pearson Vue test centre to sit your MRCS Part A examination. This webpage provides you with further information about this process.

Scheduling Your MRCS Part A Examination With Pearson VUE

Before using this website to schedule your examination, you must have successfully applied to sit the MRCS Part A with one of the four Surgical Royal Colleges of the United Kingdom and in Ireland.

Within approximately 3 weeks of the examination application deadline, you will receive an email from Pearson Vue telling you how to book your examination test centre. You will have a 10-day schedule window from receiving this email in which you need to log in to the Pearson Vue portal on this webpage and book your seat at an available Pearson Vue test centre. If you do not book a test centre seat during this window, you will not be able to take the examination. During this window, you can schedule, reschedule or cancel your test centre seat booking. We encourage you to book your test centre seat as soon as possible as there may be a limited number of seats available at certain locations, and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Candidates should be aware that there is no central list of which test centres are available before the schedule window opens. This is because test centres available will be specific to each examination sitting, and some test centres may become unavailable during the schedule window, if their examination seat capacity is reached.

All test centres available will be shown in the Pearson Vue portal during the 10-day schedule window. Please contact Pearson Vue directly if you have any test centre booking or availability queries.

Pearson VUE Candidate Exam Schedule Timeline: College Exam Application deadline; 3 weeks; Pearson VUE Test Centre Booking Email; 10 day schedule window; Exam schedule window closes; Candidates not allowed to make new or amend their existing test centre booking; Exam takes place as scheduled

Cancellation Policy

If cancelling your examination, you should ensure you have read the withdrawal policy in the MRCS Regulations.

If you are withdrawing from the examination on compassionate or medical grounds, in addition to cancelling your test centre seat, you will also need to contact your College of application directly.

If you need to cancel your examination after the College application deadline, you must contact Pearson VUE or access your online Pearson VUE account to cancel your test centre seat within the 10-day examination schedule window.

Preparing For Your Examination

We have created a number of useful resources to support you in preparing for the examination experience on your examination day.

The video below shows what you can expect on your examination day.

Arrival At The Test Centre

We ask that you arrive at the test center 30 minutes before your scheduled examination start time. This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late from the scheduled examination start time, you may be refused admission.

Test accommodations

Accommodations can be provided as part of the reasonable adjustments process enacted by each College. They should be applied for at the point of application for the exam in liaison with the College to which you are applying.

Last updated 2022-04-18