First FRCR exam

Learning resources, recommended courses and tips for the anatomy and physics exams

FRCR 2A exam

Hints, tips and useful resources for the FRCR 2A exam

FRCR 2B exam

Tips, checklists and scoring system breakdown for the 2B exam.  The FRCR 2B exam consists of 3 components:

Exams overview

Exams are a central part of clinical radiology training in the UK and there are several components to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) examinations.  Passing the exams at the appropriate stage of training is essential to passing your ARCP (annual review of competence progression).

The exams must be taken in order i.e. you must pass both the anatomy and physics components of the First FRCR exam before you can attempt the Final FRCR Part A exam, and you must pass this exam before you can attempt the Final FRCR Part B exam.  For all FRCR examinations there is a limit of 6 attempts, after which candidates must provide evidence of additional educational experience.

During training you should aim to achieve the following exam milestones:

  • ST1 - First FRCR exam
  • ST3 - FRCR Part A
  • ST4 - FRCR Part B


General tips

  1. Deadlines

    • There are strict deadlines for FRCR exam applications.  Please submit your application before the deadline.  Always request an email/written recept of the application from the royal college to confirm it was submitted successfully.  I know of colleagues who have had to wait until the subsequent sitting because their application did not reach the college in time.

  2. Some exams are easier than others

    • Everyone has areas of strengths and weaknesses.  While one person may find the reporting (also known as 'long cases') in the Final FRCR Part B relatively easy, they may struggle with the rapid reporting (also known as 'rapids') component (or vice versa).  Many say that the anatomy component of the first FRCR exam is 'easier' than the physics yet fail the anatomy and pass the physics!  Remember to spend enough time revising all components of the exams.

  3. Leave enough time to revise

    • Be sensible and realistic.  Don't copy other peoples revision schedules.  Do what works for you.

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