Geriatric Medicine

Specialty Certificate Examination in Geriatric Medicine

Exam date UK registration period Pearson VUE UK booking window International registration period Results release Certificates posted
1 March 2017 9 November 2016 - 1 February 2017 7 December 2016 - 2 February 2017 9 November 2016 - 7 December 2016 28 March 2017 5 June 2017
28 February 2018 8 November 2017 - 31 January 2018 6 December 2017 - 1 February 2018 8 November 2017 - 6 December 2017 4 weeks after exam date 8 weeks after results are released


The Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Geriatric Medicine is delivered once a year.

Eligibility requirements

There are no entry requirements for the SCE in Geriatric Medicine, although candidates in UK training posts would normally take the SCE in their penultimate year of higher specialty training.

Qualification: Certificate in Geriatric Medicine

Trainees who hold MRCP(UK), have gained the Certificate in Geriatric Medicine and who are recommended for a CCT will be entitled to apply for the postnominal MRCP(UK) (Geriatric Medicine).

For further details please see the FAQs.

Curriculum and blueprint

The Specialty Training Curriculum for Geriatric Medicine is published by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

The examination is made up of questions covering the whole curriculum, selected by a predetermined blueprint:

SCE in Geriatric Medicine blueprint

Resources for trainees

Preparation for the SCE requires a wide breadth of knowledge around the curriculum and should involve reading of textbooks, journals and guidelines. Experience of the MRCP(UK) examination provides an excellent background to the format of the examination.

Sample questions

The questions are in ‘best of five’ multiple choice 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.

These questions give an indication of the type of question you can expect in the exam. Please take part in this interactive test of sample questions.

Results report

The selected metrics report provides details about the previous year's examination. All the statistics are intended to help candidates to be more informed and better prepared for the examination. The reports are also available to other stakeholders (e.g. deaneries’ representatives, board members, trainees’ supervisors) who would like to find out more about candidates’ performance in order to be able to make informed decisions about training programmes or examination standards.

Geriatric Medicine results report

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