The FRCR 2A exam is part of the standard set of examinations taken by radiology registrars in their 3rd year of training who have completed the first FRCR examination. The exam format was updated in 2017, going to a single examination rather than six modular assessments. Completion of the 2A examination is a pre-requisite for applying for the 2B components.
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.
The examination consists of two papers, sat on the same day. Both papers consist of 120 single best answer (SBA) style questions, with three hours provided for each paper. The examination covers a range of general and specialty topics, mixed together. There is no negative marking.
Further information is available on the Royal College of Radiologists' website including application details and exam dates.
Previously there were six papers, sat throughout the second and third year of training:
- cardiothoracic and vascular
- musculoskeletal and trauma
- gastro-intestinal and hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB)
- genito-urinary, adrenal, obstetric/gynecology and breast
- central nervous system and head and neck
Each paper consisted of 75 single best answer (SBA) questions and each exam was 2 hours long.
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, into 2018.
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