Exam pass rates

Pass rates for the MRCP(UK) Examination and Specialty Certificate Examinations

While MRCP(UK) has always closely monitored the proportion of candidates passing our exams (the ‘pass rate’), this information has not always been readily available to candidates, their supervisors or the wider public. Following the successful introduction of equating to the Part 1 Examination in the 2008/3 diet, the MRCP(UK) Management Board has now decided that the pass rates for this exam should be openly available in the public domain.

The MRCP(UK) PACES 2009/3 diet has seen the implementation of changes to the way the examination is marked, and to the structure and content of Station 5. MRCP(UK) Management Board has now decided that the pass rates for this examination should also be openly available in the public domain following data for the Part 2 Written Examination, where the results are calculated by the equating process.

Part 1 Examination – 2014/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
Trainees 47.2%
UK graduates 1st attempt 56.4%
UK graduates all attempts 51.3%
All candidates 44.6%

 

Part 2 Written Examination – 2014/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
Trainees 82.3 %
UK graduates 1st attempt 90.0%
UK graduates all attempts 88.2%
All candidates 71.5%

 

PACES Examination – 2014/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
Trainees 55.8%
UK graduates 1st attempt 69.6%
UK graduates all attempts 67.3%
All candidates 47.2%

 

SCEs

Specialty Diet % of UK trainees passing % of all candidates passing
Acute Medicine 2013/1 83.20 66.30
Dermatology 2013/1 75.40 54.10
Endocrinology & Diabetes 2014/1 74.00 42.60
Gastroenterology 2014/1 76.20 53.50
Geriatric Medicine 2014/1 81.70 77.00
Infectious Diseases 2013/1 93.80 56.10
Medical Oncology 2013/1 93.00 73.80
Nephrology 2014/1 72.30 35.80
Neurology 2014/1 81.10 59.00
Palliative Medicine 2013/1 82.10 70.80
Respiratory Medicine 2013/1 80.30 70.20
Rheumatology 2014/1 74.10 50.50


Please note the number of candidates who chose to enter for the SCEs varied significantly between specialties.

Report on MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examination pass rates

A report on examination pass rates by gender and ethnicity is available to download:

MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examinations Pass Rate by Gender and Ethnicity – 2013