Sitting the GPhC assessment

This page gives information and advice about everything you need to do to be ready for the registration assessment.

All you need to know around sitting the March 21 assessment can be found on the GPhC website, including practical considerations for the assessment day, question types and content of the exam.

19th March GPhC update: 

The GPhC issued the following statement, providing an update on the registration assessment sittings on 17 and 18 March. The statement responds to concerns raised by some candidates around technical issues and questions across the two papers: CLICK HERE to view the statement.  

Are you fit to sit? 

For trainees/prov-reg who are aware of any illness/personal issue that could affect their performance in the assessment, the GPhC stress the importance of only sitting if fit to do so. Being ‘fit to sit’ means that you do not know of any reason why your performance would be adversely affected on the day of the assessment. 

They stress if you are aware of anything that might affect your performance on the day, you should not sit the assessment – even if it is a difficult decision to make. 

You are eligible to withdraw from a sitting at any time up until the assessment begins. Once you have decided to withdraw, you will not be able to attempt the assessment. The final point at which you are able to withdraw from the sitting will be made clear to you. By continuing with the sitting after this point, you have declared yourself ‘fit to sit’ 

If you decide to withdraw, you must complete withdrawal form to notify the GPhC within five working days after the sitting. If you do not, this could lead to you forfeiting one of your attempts at the registration assessment.  

Download the withdrawal form

If your withdrawal is confirmed, you will receive a refund of your assessment application fee after the sitting has taken place. 

Preparing to sit the assessment 

Take a look at the tutorial and example questions for part 1 and part 2 in the Pearson online familiarisation tool: 

Part 1 example questions  

Part 2 example questions 

Answers to the March 2021 registration assessment example questions  

You can also find resources about the types of questions, content of the exam and feedback from past sittings in section five of the pre-registration manual. 

See the presentation from a recent GPhC webinar about the assessment , including information on how the online assessment system will look, and work.

Before the assessment 

Make sure that you have everything prepared in advance. Plan your route and journey time to the assessment venue well in advance and allow extra time for delays on the day. Trainees/prog-reg with a long, complicated journey might want to consider staying overnight prior to the assessment (candidates travelling more than 50 miles to sit, may wish to review details of the registration assessment travel fund). Pack your bag the night before and ensure that all your essentials are in there:  

  • GPhC approved calculator  
  • Identification documents – either your driving licence or passport (no other form of identification will be accepted on the day of the assessment)
  • A face mask  
  • Candidates who want to take water/juice into the exam should consult the GPhC guidance on how to do so. You can find this guidance in the frequently asked questions section of the GPhC website

You will be able to use calculators in part one of the registration assessment. You will need to bring your own calculator. You must bring one of these models:

  • Casio MX-8S-WE (This model is still permitted in the assessment although it is now discontinued) 
  • Casio MX 8B-WE / MX-8B 
  • Aurora HC133 
  • Aurora DT210 

Spare calculators will not be available on the day. Unapproved calculator models are not permitted in the assessment room. 

 On the day 

Please read the GPhC guidance below on what will happen on the day:

Sitting the Spring 2021 registration assessment at a test centre

Sitting the Spring 2021 registration assessment remotely 

Nullifying your assessment attempt  

The GPhC advise that if you attempted any part of the assessment, and experience adverse circumstances during the sitting, you should notify your invigilator immediately.  The invigilator will produce a written report for you to use as evidence when you submit a request to nullify your attempt.  

You must request nullification within five working days of the date of assessment. You must complete an application form to request a nullification of a registration assessment sitting attempt and provide supporting evidence from an appropriate source explaining why you were adversely affected during the assessment.  

The nullification form will be available from 17 March on the registration assessment sitting page. Complete the form and then submit it with your evidence to by Thursday 25 March 2021, to have your nullification request assessed. Your assessment fee will not be refunded. 


See the GPhCquick guide to managing issues before, during and after the assessment , using the withdrawal, nullification and appeal process