In Order To Be A Member Of The Royal College Of Paediatric And Child Health You Need To Pass The MRCPCH Exams Part 1, A&B, Part II Written And Part II Clinical.


Information about the exam

The exam consist of two papers (based on RCPCH website)

The MRCPCH comprises:

  • Foundation of Practice (FOP) theory
  • Theory and Science (TAS) theory
  • Applied Knowledge in Practice (AKP) theory
  • MRCPCH Clinical

MRCPCH examination details

Multiple true-false questions are most useful when testing knowledge when there is an absolute Yes/No answer. They can cover several aspects of a topic, including pathogenesis, clinical signs, genetics and treatment

Best of Five questions are used to test judgement and experience. A simple statement or short clinical scenario leads in to five options. All could be possible but only one is completely or the most correct. The candidate has to choose the best option and is prevented from regurgitating lists learned in the library.

Extended matching questions (EMQs) are used in much the same way as Best of Five questions. In this case a list of 10 possible answers is offered with three statements or clinical scenarios.

The candidate chooses the best option from the introductory list. Again, all could be possible but only one is completely or the most correct.

EMQs are often accompanied by laboratory results or clinical pictures that are similar but with key differences.

The pass mark for each examination will be calculated with reference to the predicted difficulty of each question. Grades will be assigned to each item depending on how vital the subject is for a candidate to know as well as the expected competence of a borderline candidate at that stage of their career.

 Appropriateness is graded  E = Essential  Difficulty is graded  1 = very difficult
 I = Important  2 = quite difficult
 A = Acceptable  3 = easy

All questions must be answered and there is no negative marking. Practicing on solving many MCQs, BOF,EMQ questions will help candidate to pass the exam.