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Appeals & Misconduct

Submitting an appeal against an exam experience or result


Submitting an appeal against an exam experience or result

Full details of the process can be found within the Appeals Regulations.

Candidates may make an appeal if their circumstances meet the following grounds set out in the Appeal Regulations:

  • Evidence of a procedural irregularity in the conduct of the exam (including administrative error) that has led to an adverse effect on the candidate’s performance.
  • Exceptional circumstances that adversely affected the candidate’s exam performance

Candidates may request the following outcomes in their appeal application:

  • A full or partial refund of the exam fee
  • The exam attempt to be discounted from the candidate’s exam history
  • Result be amended from a fail to a pass (only in cases where the candidate has submitted an appeal on the grounds of a procedural irregularity, and where the candidate is deemed to be a borderline fail).

Appeals must be submitted within 20 days of the results release date. All appeals must be submitted by completion of the online appeals form. This requires full details of the grounds for appeal and the requested outcome. Any supporting evidence must be sent to An appeal fee of £250 must be paid on submission, which will be refunded if the appeal is successful.

Appeals are initially considered for their grounds by the Chief Examiner. If it is deemed that there are adequate grounds for consideration, an appeal panel will be formed to review the case.


Candidate misconduct allegations for RCEM exams

By making an application to sit an RCEM exam, candidates agree to abide by all exam regulations and policies, including the Code of Conduct for examination candidates and applicants. Any allegations of misconduct raised by an invigilator, examiner, College staff member or fellow candidate will be investigated and acted upon in accordance with the Misconduct Policy for MRCEM and FRCEM Examinations

Examples of misconduct include but are not restricted to:

  • Making arrangements, or seeking to make arrangements, for another person to sit the exam in their place or impersonating another candidate
  • Obtaining or attempting to obtain exam entry by making false claims about eligibility or experience
  • Obtaining or seeking to obtain unfair advantage during an exam, or inciting other candidates to do so.  Examples of unfair advantage include:<
  • Sharing or receiving information on any exam content, including ‘recalls’ of previous and/or current exam content. In such cases, all candidates involved would be the subject of a misconduct investigation
  • Soliciting, sharing or receiving exam content through social media or messaging platforms, including Telegram, WhatsApp, Discord, Facebook, Reddit etc
  • Having or accessing any material which would give an advantage in an exam, such as written material and/or electronic devices
  • Failure to follow the instructions given by examiners, exams staff, delivery partners or proctors concerning the conduct and procedure for the exam
  • Obtaining or attempting to obtain or copy confidential material relating to the content or conduct of the exam from any party, such as examiners, College Staff, role players etc
  • Unacceptable or disruptive behaviour during an exam.

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