FRCR 2A exam

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The FRCR 2A exam is part of the standard set of examinations taken by radiology registrars in their 2nd and 3rd years of training who have completed the first FRCR examination. 

Exam format

In February 2016 the Royal College of Radiologists announced they had gained approval of the General Medical Council (GMC) in changing the current six module exam format to a synoptic two paper exam to be sat in the third year of training.

Further information is available on the Royal College of Radiologists' website including application details and exam dates.

Current format 

Currently there are six papers:

  • cardiothoracic and vascular
  • musculoskeletal and trauma
  • gastro-intestinal
  • genito-urinary, adrenal, obstetric/gynaecology and breast
  • paediatric
  • central nervous system and head and neck

Each paper consists of 75 single best answer (SBA) questions and each exam is 2 hours long. There is no negative marking. 

Transitional arrangements

Candidates that fail to pass at least three modules by the autumn 2017 sitting will not be allowed to take any more modular exams and will have to clear the new synoptic part A.

Those that have passed at least three modules by autumn 2017 will be allowed to attempt a further two sittings to pass their remaining three modules for a period of one year, until 2018.

New format starting December 2017

The new synoptic exam will consist of two papers given on a single day, each paper lasting 3 hours long. There will be 120 single best answer (SBA) questions per paper covering a broad array of the FRCR core curriculum.

Currently all registrars that started training from 2015/16 intake onwards will be sitting the new synoptic FRCR 2A exam.

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