Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Help with using and accessing the First FRCR Anatomy mock exams at radiologycafe.com
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.
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!
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
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!
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:
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 is very simple and allows you to go through the images quickly and easily. Lets go over the buttons:
The navigation buttons
- Current image number
The number on the left is the current image number.
- Total number of images
The number on the right is the total number of images in the gallery (which should be 100).
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.
- Previous image
Click the 'back' chevron to go back one image.
- Next image
Click the 'forward' chevron to go forward one image.
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 or use the keyboard to navigate the images
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 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.
Please drop a quick message, letting us know the exam number(s) and question(s) concerned and we get on sorting it out.
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!
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?
Still have a question or concern that's not answered here? Please get in touch!