MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written Examination Format
The MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written Examination has a three-paper format. All papers in the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written Examination are 3 hours in duration and contain 90 multiple choice questions. The questions will usually have a clinical scenario, may include the results of investigations and may be illustrated with images such as clinical photographs, pathology slides, inheritance trees, ECGs, X-rays, CT and MR scans, and echocardiograms.
Questions are asked about the diagnosis, investigation, management, and prognosis of patients using multiple choice questions in 'best of five' format. This format, in addition to testing core knowledge and comprehension, also assesses the ability to interpret information and to solve clinical problems. There will be five options: one correct answer and four alternatives to the correct answer. The four distractors will be closely related to the preferred option but less correct, therefore acting as plausible alternatives. The candidate chooses the best answer from the five possible answers. Each correct answer is awarded one mark; there is no negative marking.
The composition of the papers is as follows:
|Specialty||Number of questions*|
|Endocrinology and metabolic medicine||25|
|Infectious diseases and GUM||25|
|Oncology and palliative medicine||13|
|Therapeutics and toxicology||25|
*This should be taken as an indication of the likely number of questions – the actual number may vary by up to 2%.
A proportion of the questions will be on adolescent medicine.
A detailed explanation of the marking system used for the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written Examination can be viewed in the MRCP(UK) Regulations.