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Making an application to sit an RCEM exam

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Making an application to sit an RCEM exam

To prepare for any RCEM exam, it is recommended that you review the relevant page(s) in this section, Glossary of terms used in RCEM examinations and engage with relevant material on RCEM Learning. Candidates agree to abide by all exam regulations and policies, including the Code of Conduct for examination candidates and applicants.

All exam applications must be made online during the published application window. A link to the application form will be made available at 10am UK time on the application opening date listed on the Exam Calendar and will close at 4pm on the listed closing date. Applications must be completed and submitted before 4pm on the closing date, late applications will not be accepted.

All applications must be submitted online. The College does not accept paper applications, payment by cheque or card payments by telephone.

The application process takes some time to complete, so please apply well in advance of the given deadlines.

Before starting an application, please ensure you have familiarised with the ‘Before you apply’ section of our website and have all information and evidence available to complete the application. This includes:

  • Medical qualification and registration details
  • Details of training
  • Experience

Please ensure you complete all parts of the application form.

Please help us with our application approval process by ensuring your personal details (email, address, phone number and date of birth) and employment history is up to date in your RCEM account. Please also ensure that you have uploaded the correct documents (current medical registration certificate and internship certificate/UK Foundation Certificate) to your RCEM account. If you have not submitted them yet, they can be uploaded in your account. You would be also able to check you have uploaded the correct version of your documents and delete any duplicates or expired documents. This is also to remind you that they must be in English or a verified English translation.

Upon receipt, your eligibility for the exam will be checked in line with the published eligibility criteria. Confirmation will be sent within 4 weeks of the application window closing. This allows our team time to individually review each submitted application.

Theory Exam Applications

There are currently no restrictions on the number of candidates that can take RCEM theory exams. Theory exams are delivered as computer-based exams through Pearson VUE’s network of test centres, see full details of online exams .

Once applications have been reviewed and had their eligibility confirmed, details for booking a Pearson VUE test centre will be shared.

Please see details about the exam’s Eligibility criteria.

OSCE Exam Applications

There are a limited number of spaces for OSCE exams. If the number of applicants for OSCE exams is greater than the number of spaces available, candidates will be allocated using our Oversubscription Criteria. This will be undertaken once eligibility has been reviewed and we will contact you by email to confirm if you have been allocated a space, with information on how to make payment and the required deadlines. Please note that if your payment is not completed by the deadline, the exam space will be offered to the next candidate in order of the Oversubscription Criteria.

Please see details about the exam’s Eligibility criteria.

Apply Now

Apply here to sit an RCEM exam.

The link to all application form(s) will be made available below on the application opening date published on the Exam Calendar.

No spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis – there is no advantage in applying early.

During busy periods, you may be temporarily redirected through a virtual queueing system to help ensure a smooth application process for all candidates. Our systems may be slower than usual when busy, so applying later in this application window may give you a better experience.

Upon receipt, your eligibility for the exam will be checked in line with the published Eligibility Criteria.

Confirmation will be sent within four weeks of the application window closing. This allows our team time to individually review each submitted application.

Details for booking a Pearson VUE test centre will be shared with you according to the timeline in the email you will receive once your application has been approved.


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