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What is Primary FRCA (MCQ)?

The Primary FRCA (MCQ) is the first of four exams that need to be taken - and passed - to become a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA). The following exams are Primary FRCA OSCE/SOE, Final FRCA Written and Final FRCA SOE. 

Primary FRCA (MCQ) Exam Format

The exam is three hours long and includes 90 Single Best Answer Questions (SBA). This is broken down as follows: 30 questions in pharmacology; 30 questions in physiology, including related biochemistry and anatomy; and 30 questions in physics, clinical measurement and data interpretation.

Each SBA question has five plausible options. Candidates must decide which is the correct or best answer.

In terms of marking, one mark is awarded for each correctly answered SBA. There is no negative marking in the exam.

How to apply

The exam takes place three times a year - in February, September and November - and costs £325. Applications open 3-4 months before each exam - for a full timetable and further application and payment details visit the RCOA website.