PACES centre resources
All the information on this page is provided to help Host Examiners/Registrars, Chair of Examiners, 11th Examiners and Trainee Examiners deliver PACES.
The PACES Examiners’ Guide Omnibus contains information about how to run PACES on the day. The Chairman's Letter and Hot Topics contains information about the last diet.
Examiner's Guide Omnibus September 2012 – August 2013
Chairman's Letter and Hot Topics
Administration of the exam
Exam centres can operate according to two timetables:
The Electronic Candidate Performance Survey (eCPS) is used to record candidates’ marks during the day:
After each cycle the examiners discuss the examination, the PACES discussion sheet is used to refer poorly performing candidates for counselling from their home College.
PACES discussion sheet
To ensure that the exam runs smoothly and efficiently, the Chair of Examiners assesses the exam day afterwards by completing the Centre Audit Form:
Centre Audit Form
Marksheets and calibration
Examiners carry out calibration before the exam. This is a standard setting process whereby the examiners review and discuss the patients taking part in the assessment.
Download the sample marksheets and calibration sheets to see what will be used on the examination day:
To see how to fill in a marksheet please view the PACES Marksheets page.
Other material required to run the assessment may be downloaded below:
Assessing the exam
In order to maintain a high quality of scenarios the examiners are asked to assess the scenarios they examined after the exam:
Sample scenarios are provided to help candidates who are preparing to sit PACES. These scenarios have previously been used in the examination and are available on the Exam Preparation page.
Trainee examiner forms
Trainee examiners attend a full day of a PACES examination, following three cycles and shadow-marking candidates. All material required for trainee examiners can be downloaded below:
Trainee Examiner's Guide
Information for patients and surrogates
These information leaflets explain what can be expected for patients and surrogates helping with the PACES assessment on the day: