PACES exams update: 8 March 2021

8 Mar 2021

Arrangements for UK PACES March- May 2021

COVID-19 Antigen testing (Lateral Flow Tests)

MRCP(UK) remains committed to the safety of our patients, candidates, examiners and administrative teams. Accordingly, we are asking candidates and examiners to undertake COVID antigen testing (Lateral Flow Test or PCR) within 48 hours of attending one of our UK PACES venues in the upcoming diet commencing March 2021. Almost all UK healthcare staff will have access to, and already be undertaking, regular lateral flow tests (LFT). Candidates and examiners attending our UK venues will again be required to fill in a screening health questionnaire in advance of attending the exam. We will now also ask them to declare that they have undertaken COVID-19 antigen testing and to declare the timing and result of this on the questionnaire. Candidates who cannot access LFT should contact, at the earliest opportunity, their College of entry. Examiners who cannot access LFT should also contact the College for which they are examining

Vaccination Status

The screening questionnaire will also ask candidates and examiners if they have received vaccination against COVID-19. Please note that vaccination status will not affect entry to the examination.

Release of results

We remind candidates that there are inevitable delays getting marksheets back from examination venues and remote examiners and in transporting marksheets to our offices in London for scanning. We will strive to limit delays and provide results within a maximum of 6 weeks.

Live Twitter Q&A

Live Q&A sessions about the exams occur regularly on our Twitter account. The next one will be on Tues 20 April at 3pm. Follow us for updates at @MRCPUK.       


We are always keen on feedback. If you have specific queries relating to your exam day please contact the exams office at your College of entry.                             

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