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The Chairman's Report: SAQ Exam, March 2015

27 May 2015

A report on the March 2015 Written SAQ paper is now available below. This report offers a thorough and comprehensive summary of the SAQ paper used in the March exam. It makes mandatory reading for any candidate sitting the Final written examination, providing a very clear...

MCAI ceasing to be recognised as an exempting exam from 1 April 2015

19 Dec 2014

With effect from 1 April 2015 the Membership examination of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (MCAI) will cease to be recognised as an exempting examination as part eligibility towards the Final RCoA FRCA Examination. The CAI Membership examination is the only part 1/...

Examinations changes

03 Mar 2014

Final FRCA MCQ examination – Question composition With effect from the 1 August 2014 the composition of the Final FRCA MCQ examination will change to ensure the question topics fully reflect the breadth of the relevant anaesthetic training curriculum. The question structure of...

Change to introduction date regarding increase in number of exam...

19 Sep 2013

This news item supersedes the previous notice dated 20 June 2013, which has now been removed from the College website Following their meeting on 10 September 2013, the Examinations Committee exceptionally agreed to advance the introduction date regarding the maximum number of...

Resources for candidates and Primary SOE video snippets

22 Jul 2013

The Examinations section of the College website now has a new set of resources for candidates pages: These new pages provide a consolidation of the various example questions, videos, courses and guides etc made available by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, any of which may...

Exam Regulations (August 2013) and Exam Application Forms

19 Jun 2013

The new Regulations cover all examinations in the academic year 2013 – 2014. The revisions from the 2012 regulations are: Validity of Primary/exemption qualifications reduced from ten to seven years (announced in September 2012). Electronic devices and mobile phone policy (...

GMC proposal for examination data to be collected at individual...

03 Jan 2013

The GMC already receive aggregated examination data from Colleges and Faculties through the Annual Specialty Report (ASR). The ASR is specifically designed to provide assurance to the GMC and the public that Colleges are driving the quality of training and the delivery of...

Exemption qualifications as part eligibility towards the Final

20 Sep 2012

The European Diploma is not accepted for training progression in the UK Training Programme in Anaesthetics.  Trainees entering the Training Programme with the full European Diploma in Anaesthesia must sit and pass both sections of the Final FRCA to successfully progress.  In...

Change of validity of Primary Exam

20 Sep 2012

As of September 2012 Council agreed the reduction of a validity of a pass in the Primary/exemption qualifications from ten years to seven, This reduction will bring the length of validity for all FRCA examinations in line with the maximum of seven years, recommended by the GMC...

Primary FRCA MCQ examination – SBAs one year on

20 Jul 2012

Single Best Answer (SBA) questions were introduced into the Primary FRCA MCQ examination in September 2011. Anthony McCluskey, Chair of Primary MCQ, revisits the rationale for the inclusion of SBAs and reviews the candidate performance of the three cohorts who have taken the...

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