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What’s new for 2016

Are you concerned about the new style pre-registration trainee assessment? Here are some details about the new style assessment to help you to prepare.

Registration assessment: part 1

The morning paper is made up of 40 calculations and the time allowed to complete the paper is two hours. Candidates will have to write their answers on the answer sheet provided. Further details about the answer sheet will follow from the GPhC in 2016. Calculators can be used in this paper, mobile phones and all other ‘connected’ devices will not be allowed.

Registration assessment: part 2

The afternoon paper is made up of 120 questions and the time allowed to complete the paper is two and a half hours. There will be two question formats, the single best answer (SBA) and the extended matching question (EMQ). There will be 90 SBA questions and 30 EMQ questions. Calculators are not allowed in the afternoon paper and candidates will no longer be allowed to use the BNF as a reference source.

Single best answer (SBA)

The single best answer has a scenario, a question and five answer options.  Candidates have to choose the single best answer from the five options. Each question has one best answer, even if the other answers are plausible they will not be the best answer.

Extended matching questions (EMQ)

Extended matching questions have a theme, a list of answer options, an instruction and a number of scenarios. Candidates have to choose the best option from the list of options provided. Normally, between two and five questions will be grouped together, with between 6 and 12 options to choose from.

For further information about both formats, see the GPhC Guide to the registration assessment from 2016 information.

Replacement of open book source references

All open book source references, including the BNF, are to be replaced with artefacts from clinical practice, such as patient information leaflets, which candidates will need to use to answer questions.

For further information about the 2016 assessment, including sample questions, use of calculators and marking, see the GPhC website.

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