FRCA Primary MCQ examination
The successful MCQ candidate will have demonstrated an appropriate breadth and level of knowledge and understanding of core sciences and their relevance to practical anaesthesia and anaesthesia related medicine. Candidates must pass the Primary FRCA MCQ before they can apply for the Primary FRCA OSCE and SOEs.
The Primary FRCA MCQ currently comprises, 90 MCQs in three hours, 60 Multiple True False (MTF) questions and 30 Single Best Answer (SBA) questions. comprising approximately:
60 MTF consisting of the following categories:
- 20 questions in pharmacology
- 20 questions in physiology, including related biochemistry and anatomy
- 20 questions in physics, clinical measurement, statistical methods and data interpretation
30 SBA questions in any of the categories listed above.
How it is marked
One mark will be awarded for each correct answer in the MTF section of the paper and four marks will be awarded for each correct question in the SBA section. Negative marking is not used. The marks for each section of the MCQ will be combined to produce the total mark. With 60 MTF and 30 SBA questions, the maximum mark obtainable for the MCQ paper is 420 marks. The pass mark is provisionally set by the examiners using assessment methods approved by the GMC. To allow for the examination’s reliability this mark is then reduced by one Standard Error of Measurement (SEM) to give the pass mark. The core group reserve the right to remove questions from the overall marks, where error or ambiguity is found. Candidates will not be disadvantaged where this occurs.
Candidate resources are a consolidation of the various example questions, videos, courses and guides, any of which may guide a candidate in their preparation for the various FRCA examination components.