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FRCEM SBA Exam

The FRCEM SBA is a theoretical exam mapped to the full Emergency Medicine 2021 curriculum and the blueprint includes research, management and QI. The FRCEM SBA exam replaced the FRCEM Final SAQ from August 2021.

+ Who can sit the exam?

The FRCEM SBA exam is open to candidates who have MRCEM after 2012* or the FRCEM Intermediate Certificate (Intermediate SAQ and SJP exams).  Candidates are required to have a certain level of experience:

For trainees in an approved UK or Irish training programme: has completed 12 months (or full-time equivalent) of training in Emergency Medicine at ST4/ST5 or equivalent or

For non-trainees: has completed 6 years of training post-qualification; 4 years (or full-time equivalent) of which must be in Emergency Medicine, and 1 year (or full time equivalent) of which must be at a level above ST3/SHO.

Candidates can sit the FRCEM SBA and FRCEM OSCE in any order.

*Candidates with MRCEM before August 2012 will need to provide additional evidence of eligibility by emailing their CV and record of their latest appraisal to exams@rcem.ac.uk

+ When does the exam take place?

Please see the Exam Calendar.

+ How do I book the exam?

Candidates must apply for the exam online, during the published application window.

Applications will open at 10.00am on the morning of the application opening date listed on the Exam Calendar and close automatically at 5.00pm (UK time) on the listed closing date. Applications must be completed before 5.00pm on the closing date, late applications will not be accepted.

See Applications page

+ How much does it cost?

Please refer to the list of examination fees.

+ Where does the exam take place?

RCEM delivers its written examinations worldwide via computer-based testing company, Pearson VUE. You can search for a test centre near you on the Pearson website:  https://home.pearsonvue.com/rcem

+ What is the structure of the exam?

The FRCEM SBA examination consists of 180 SBA questions presented across two papers each lasting two hours. An hour’s break is provided in the middle of the exam.

The exam blueprint and sample questions are available in the FRCEM SBA information pack.

Guidance for Candidates with Additional Requirements

The College is committed to supporting candidates by providing fair opportunities
when undertaking examinations. Candidates may submit a request for reasonable
adjustments and should note that the responsibility for requesting adjustments lies
with them. Please see this guidance here.

+ How is the exam marked and standard set?

The FRCEM SBA is machine marked, a correct answer is awarded 1 mark and an incorrect answer is awarded 0, negative marking does not apply. The cut score for the exam is determined using the Angoff method, +1 Standard Error Measurement is added to create the pass mark.

Further Information on the Angoff method.

+ When will my result be available?

Results will be published on a pre-advised day by 17:00, approximately five weeks after the date of the examination. Results will be released to candidates’ College website accounts where results letters can be downloaded on demand. Examination results will not be issued or confirmed by telephone or email.

FRCEM OSCE Exam

The FRCEM OSCE exam assesses the complex and challenging situations that are faced in Emergency Medicine practice.

+ Who can sit the exam?

The FRCEM OSCE exam is open to candidates who have MRCEM after August 2012* or the FRCEM Intermediate Certificate (Intermediate SAQ and SJP exams). Candidates are required to have a certain level of experience:

For trainees in an approved UK or Irish training programme: has completed 12 months (or full-time equivalent) of training in Emergency Medicine at ST4/ST5 or equivalent or

For non-trainees: has completed 6 years of training post-qualification; 4 years (or full-time equivalent) of which must be in Emergency Medicine, and 1 year (or full time equivalent) of which must be at a level above ST3/SHO.

Candidates can sit the FRCEM SBA and FRCEM OSCE in any order.

*Candidates with MRCEM before August 2012 will need to provide additional evidence of eligibility by emailing their CV and record of their latest appraisal to exams@rcem.ac.uk

+ When does the exam take place?

Please see the Exam Calendar.

+ How do I book the exam?

Candidates must apply for the exam online, during the published application window.

Applications will open at 10.00am on the morning of the application opening date listed on the Exam Calendar and close automatically at 5.00pm (UK time) on the listed closing date. Applications must be completed before 5.00pm on the closing date, late applications will not be accepted.

See Applications page

+ How much does it cost?

Please refer to the list of examination fees.

+ Where does the exam take place?

The FRCEM OSCE is only delivered in London, UK.

+ What is the structure of the exam?

The FRCEM OSCE consists of 16 8-minute stations, with one minute reading time between stations. There are also two rest stations in the exam.

The exam blueprint and sample questions are available in the FRCEM OSCE information pack.

Guidance for Candidates with Additional Requirements

The College is committed to supporting candidates by providing fair opportunities
when undertaking examinations. Candidates may submit a request for reasonable
adjustments and should note that the responsibility for requesting adjustments lies
with them. Please see this guidance here.

 

+ Sample CLA Station + How is the exam marked and standard set?

The FRCEM OSCE is assessed using domain-based marking. The cut score for this exam is determined using the borderline regression method, +1 Standard Error Measurement is added to create the pass mark. To pass the exam candidates have to pass at least one resuscitation station in addition to achieving the pass mark.

+ When will my result be available?

Results will be published on a pre-advised day by 17:00, approximately five weeks after the date of the examination. Results will be released to candidates’ College website accounts where results letters can be downloaded on demand. Examination results will not be issued or confirmed by telephone or email.

FRCEM OSCE FAQs

Please see the FRCEM OSCE FAQs below, issued June 2022. If these FAQs do not answer your question, please contact the exams team via email: exams@rcem.ac.uk

+ These FAQs are available as a PDF

The FAQs below are also available as a PDF download. FRCEM OSCE FAQs.

If these FAQs do not answer your question, please contact the exams team via email: exams@rcem.ac.uk

+ Can a timer be visible to candidates during the OSCE stations?

No, candidates are expected to prepare for an 8-minute station. Candidates are responsible for their own time management during the station. An analogue clock will be visible in each station should candidates wish to use this for time management.

+ Are the iPads reliable when collating results? What happens if the iPad or software fails?

The iPads and the software used for marking is a robust and reliable method for marking. All marks are autosaved in real time, this mean that if the Wi-Fi connection was lost, the iPad was to die, etc. no marks will ever be lost. If an iPad was to fail during a station, all examiners are advised to abandon the iPad and to continue marking on the paper marksheets provided. The exams team are on standby throughout the circuit to rectify any technical issues should they arise.

+ Are there any double stations?

There are no double stations in the FRCEM OSCE examination.

+ How many resuscitation stations are there?

The FRCEM OSCE will include 3 resuscitation stations. Please note, in addition to achieving the pass mark, candidates will be required to pass at least one of the resuscitation stations in order to achieve a pass overall.

+ How many rest stations are there? Is the prep station included in the rest stations?

There are two rest stations built into the FRCEM OSCE examination. One of these rest stations can also be used as a prep station. Candidates are expected to be familiar with the CLA journal prior to examination so this station is purely to remind and refresh candidates of the content as a copy of the journal will be available in this station.

+ What do I need to know about the new format with the SLOs?

Detailed information regarding the examination can be found in the FRCEM Final Examinations Regulations and Information Pack from page 9 to 12.

+ Do I need to bring my stethoscope?

You are not required to bring your own stethoscope. If a station requires the use of a stethoscope, then one will be available in that station. If you would like to bring your own stethoscope you are welcome to, but this is not mandatory.

+ Where can I leave my belongings?

Your belongings will be left in one of the College’s meeting rooms. This room will be secured and will be made available to you at the end of your examination session. The examination team will take all communications devices (phones, smart watches, tablets, laptops, etc) during the registration window. These devices will also be held securely.

+ What should I wear to my OSCE examination?

The FRCEM OSCE is a professional examination and therefore smart professional attire is required. You are welcome to wear scrubs if you prefer. Toilets are available onsite should you need to change prior to your examination.

+ Am I allowed to wear a scrub skirt?

Yes this would be acceptable.

+ My scrubs have my name on them, is this an issue?

If you can wear plain scrubs this is recommended. However, if you only have scrubs with your name on them, you will still be able to wear these.

+ When will I get allocated to a session?

You will receive your allocation approximately two weeks after the application closing date. We will always endeavour to have this information to candidates as soon as possible but in the instance that a delay to the allocation was to occur, all candidates would be notified via email.

+ Can I apply for both the FRCEM OSCE and FRCEM SBA?

If eligible, you are able to apply for both exams simultaneously.

+ Can I apply for the FRCEM OSCE before I receive my MRCEM SBA result?

No, you will need a pass mark in the MRCEM SBA before you are able to apply for the FRCEM OSCE.

+ My visa hasn’t arrived, can I change the date I sit my examination?

No, examinations do not allow for candidates to move dates once allocated.

+ Can I transfer to the next diet?

No, the College does not facilitate transfers. You will need to withdraw from the examination and reapply for the next diet. Please be sure to note the cancellation policy when applying for any examination.

+ Can I request a specific OSCE date?

No, date requests can only be made in special circumstances with supporting documentation. We cannot guarantee that any request will be facilitated, and allocation will be confirmed as outlined above.

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