FRCR Exam resources

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The Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) Exams are a central part of clinical radiology training in the UK.  Passing these exams is essential to progress through training and pass 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 attempting 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 to continue training.

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

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

 

General tips

  1. Deadlines

    • There are strict deadlines for FRCR exam applications.  Submit your application WELL BEFORE the deadline.  Always ensure you obtain an email or 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 was not confirmed or did not reach the college in time.
  2. Some exams are easier than others

    • Everyone has areas of strength and weakness.  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 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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