Updated on 2 September 2022
RCPI closely monitors the quality of all examinations. Examination boards are provided with analysis of each exam, including the proportion of candidates who pass our exams – the ‘pass rate’. This information is now made readily available to candidates, their supervisors and the wider public. Going forward the pass rates will be released on an annual basis.
Please note examination data for the Membership of the Faculty of Public Health and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine are not published. The relatively low number of candidates who take these examinations provides a misleading and unrepresentative percentage rate and would affect anonymity of results if shared.
Performance statistics are intended to help candidates to be more informed and better prepared for the examination. The groupings in the report are self-declared by the exam candidates, therefore, may not be fully representative.
Please see here the pass rates for the year 2021 for the MRCPI in General Medicine, Paediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Updated on 23 May 2022
Three policies affecting candidates for RCPI examinations have been revised. The new policies apply to all candidates sitting RCPI exams held after 2 July 2022. All candidates applying to sit an exam must agree to abide by all applicable policies and regulations, including these three policies.
Once applications for a written exam have closed, candidates may request a deferral to the next available sitting. A deferral request may be made at any time prior to the exam. There is no limit on the number of such requests and no reason needs to be provided. A fee of €100 applies for each deferral. This new policy does not apply to clinical or oral exams.
Candidates may also request to withdraw from an exam before the applications have closed. In such cases, the standard RCPI Cancellation Policy applies.
This policy has been updated to clarify the need for candidates requesting adjustments, due to a disability or otherwise, to notify the Exams Department of the request at the time of application. Candidates are responsible for having an up-to-date assessment available to accompany their request.
The steps through which an appeal passes have been modified to streamline the process. Candidates’ responsibility to bring any irregularity or complaint to the attention of Exams staff at the earliest opportunity has been emphasised, and the limits of the permissible grounds for an appeal clarified.