Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Help with using and accessing the First FRCR Anatomy mock exams at radiologycafe.com



 

Accessing the mock exams

 

Registration and log in

Accessing the mock exams is extremely easy, however if this is the first time you've visited Radiology Cafe then you'll have to create an account before you can log in.  Don't worry though, this takes just seconds and best of all it's free!  You can sign up here (free).

Once you have created your account you will be sent a confirmation email with an account activation link.  You must activate the account by clicking the activation link before you can log in.  If you have any difficulties then please contact us and we'll help you sort it out.  Once you have activated your account you can log in here to view the mock exams.

 

Selecting a mock exam

This is so simple it'll blow your mind!  Once you have logged in there are two ways to access the mock exams:  The first is via the colourful menu on the main mock anatomy exam page - you may have to scroll down a little to see this.  The second method is via another menu on the same page, which can be found to the left-hand-side (on larger displays such as laptops and desktops), or at the bottom of the page (on mobile devices or smaller tablets).

Simply click the exam you want and we'll take you there!

 

Downloading the question booklet

The question booklet can be found by clicking the 'download' button immediately above the image viewer.  This will open the PDF file and depending on your browser you will usually be given the option to open or save the document.

Downloading the mock exam question booklet

Downloading the mock exam question booklet

 

Viewing the answers

The answers can be viewed by clicking the link immediately below the image viewer.  Try to avoid the temptation to peak at the answers before doing the exam!


 

Using the image viewer

 

Getting started

Once you have entered a mock exam, scroll down and you will see the first image of the exam.  If at first you don't see anything or you see a loading bar/icon, please wait a few seconds to give the images time to load.

The image viewer should look similar to this:

 

Viewing the mock exams

The standard image view on the mock anatomy exam pages (please note that appearances may differ slightly on different sized devices)

 

You can clearly see the arrows on the image (pointing to the left middle cerebral artery - 2 marks!).  Also note the image number in the top left corner, full-screen option in the top right corner and navigation arrows to the left and right of the image.  We will talk about these navigation buttons next.

 

Navigation buttons

Navigation is very simple and allows you to go through the images quickly and easily.  Lets go over the buttons:

 

Image number and full screen options


Left and right buttons

The navigation buttons

 

  1. Current image number
    The number on the left is the current image number.
  2. Total number of images
    The number on the right is the total number of images in the gallery (which should be 100).
  3. Full-screen
    Click the 'expand' box to view the gallery in full-screen mode.  To exit full-screen mode either click the top right 'minimise' button or press the 'ESC' key on the keyboard.  Please note that the full screen option may not display correctly on older Internet Explorer browsers and the Google Chrome browser is recommended.
  4. Previous image
    Click the 'back' chevron to go back one image.
  5. Next image
    Click the 'forward' chevron to go forward one image.

 

Other navigation tips

You do not just have to use the mouse to cycle through the images using the navigation buttons.  You can browse through the images using the arrow keys on the keyboard.  Also if you use a touch device such as a tablet or smartphone then you can use your fingers to drag to the next or to the previous image (swipe).

Swipe with your fingers or use the keyboard to navigate

Swipe or use the keyboard to navigate the images


 

Video guide

 


 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

 

You haven't yet logged into Radiology Cafe, or for some reason you may have been logged out.

Go to the main mock anatomy exam page and look inside the green box at the top.  If you see a place to enter your username and password then you are not logged in.  If this is the case simply enter your username and password and click 'Log in'.  If you don't yet have a username or password then you can sign up here (for free).

If however you go to the main mock anatomy exam page and inside the green box at the top you see a 'Log out' button, then the links to the mock exams should work.  If they do not then please contact us and let us know!
The mock examinations at Radiology Cafe are designed to replicate as closely as possible the real exams.  This means that the case mix and difficulty are very similar to the FRCR anatomy exam.  If you are doing well here, then you should do fine in the anatomy exam!
We do not specifically give a pass mark for these exams - each exam varies in difficulty.  However as a guide we suggest that you should probably be aiming for at least 85% in the run up to the exams.

The pass mark for the actual FRCR anatomy exam can vary greatly depending on the difficulty and the performance of candidates.  In the past the pass mark has ranged from <60% to >80% depending on the difficulty of the exam.
Oh dear, we must have missed that one!  Minor age related changes and normal variants are allowed but not proper pathology.  Let us know and if we've made a mistake we'll change the image.  When you contact us, give the exam number(s) and question(s) concerned and we'll sort it out asap.
Firstly, thank you for spotting this!  This resource is new and we expect to make a few mistakes here and there.  What would be really helpful to us and others using this website is if you could let us know asap so we can investigate and correct any errors.

Please drop a quick message, letting us know the exam number(s) and question(s) concerned and we get on sorting it out.
You cannot change the brightness or contrast (or 'window' the image) as we feel this is totally unnecessary and inappropriate.  It is important you understand why so here are our reasons:

1.  All images in these mock exams (and also in the actual exam) have been optimised for you to appreciate the anatomical structure in question.  Altering the image may make it more difficult for you to appreciate the anatomical structure we are demonstrating, or worse may cause you to think the arrow is referring to something else.

2.  'Windowing' the image settings wastes valuable time. You do not want to be wasting time doing this in the exam.

3.  If you feel you must change the brightness or contrast in order to see the anatomical structure of interest then you most likely do not know the answer and need to go study more!

4.  If none of the above reasons then we'll just have to agree to disagree!
The First FRCR examination is not a spelling test and the examiners may overlook minor spelling mistakes.  However, certain anatomical structures have similar names, sometimes differing by only one letter.  Care should be taken over these; confusion could arise in clinical practice.  Hence, mistakes over similar-sounding structures will be marked as incorrect.
Where a paired structure is illustrated, it is absolutely critical to denote if the left or right is being illustrated.  This is crucial to safe clinical practice.  In the actual exam you will lose marks if left or right is not specified on a labelled paired structure.

At Radiology Cafe we would strongly advise you get into the habit of always writing left or right if the images are referring to a paired structure.  Therefore, if a side is given on the answer sheet and you do not state this, you automatically lose 1 mark (of 2).

Obviously it goes without saying that if you only put the correct side (left or right), but not the name of the structure then that = 0 marks!

Does that make sense?
No.

Radiology Cafe are strict with this one.

Some questions very specifically ask for a single piece of information.  If you provide two you will not receive any marks for that question.  In the actual exam you will also be marked down.

Still have a question or concern that's not answered here?  Please get in touch!

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