What is PACES Fast Track?

During the June to August 2019 PACES assessment period, we are running a LIMITED PACES Fast Track scheme, which offers trainees who have applied for an ST3 post an additional attempt at the PACES examination. This is one of the initiatives we have taken to aid trainees’ career progression and support run-through training. This will allow some candidates who are unsuccessful in their initial PACES attempt in June to August to sit PACES a second time within the same assessment period.

Candidates who would like this opportunity should apply for PACES in the usual way and also submit a separate application for PACES Fast Track. There will be very limited places and it is possible that not all Fast Track applicants can be accommodated.

The PACES Fast Track 2019 scheme is only available to candidates who have applied (and can provide evidence) that they are being considered for an ST3 post due to start in August 2019.

When can I apply for PACES Fast Track?

Fast Track applications must be made online via the application page on the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s website.  The Edinburgh College will be processing the Fast Track applications on behalf of all three Colleges. The link will go live at 10.00am on Monday 25 March until 10am on Monday 1 April. Apply here.

If you are still waiting for your results from the January – April Assessment period and wish to be considered for Fast Track it is recommend you make a provisional application for both the PACES 2019/2 exam AND PACES Fast Track.

Please note that the Fast Track application period is shorter than the main PACES application period and late applications cannot be accepted.

Do I need to submit an application for the PACES June to August assessment period?

Yes, you must submit a separate online application for PACES in the normal way.  A request for a Fast Track place will only be accepted from those candidates who have also submitted a PACES application for the June to August assessment period as outlined on the PACES application page.   Fast Track applications will be considered incomplete until a separate PACES application has been made.

If you are still awaiting your results from the 2019/1 examination, please still apply but mark your application “provisional” We regret that late applications cannot be accepted.

Applications will be considered incomplete until a separate PACES application has been made and supporting information has been received.

Please refer to our FAQs for further information.

Any other questions

All enquiries regarding Fast Track should ONLY be made to the PACES Fast Track office on 0131 247 3633 or by email to Please do not contact the PACES departments at the Colleges as the PACES Fast Track office will be dealing with all enquiries regarding Fast Track.