The Primary - Candidate Resources

Guide to the FRCA Examination: The Primary
Fourth Edition, December 2013

This is an essential study guide in preparing for the Primary FRCA examination.  The MCQs given are drawn from the College question bank.  A copy of the Primary FRCA Guide can be obtained by completing and posting the order form which can be downloaded here.

The Primary Master Course
Held at the RCoA, this course is intended for those studying for the Primary FRCA exam.


The Primary FRCA examination videos – The MCQ
The Primary FRCA video series has been designed to guide an examination candidate through the Primary exam. The MCQ run through video illustrates what a candidate can expect when attending a typical MCQ examination. We hope that candidates attending the Primary MCQ examination will find the video a useful addition to their exam preparations. Further information on the Primary run through series is available via the College's YouTube Channel.


The Primary FRCA examination ‘Run through’ videos
The Primary ‘Run through’ video series is designed to guide an examinations candidate through the Primary exam day, such as: arriving at the exam centre or the College, checking in at reception, exam briefings, call routines and exam formats, all run through videos also cover the procedure for the receiving of results.  

There are four run through modules: The MCQ run through, plus the Primary introduction, the SOE and the OSCE run throughs. We hope that candidates attending the Primary examinations for the first time will find them useful in gaining an understanding of the structure of a standard exam day and that all candidates will find them a useful aide-memoire as to the routines used during an average Primary exam.  More videos are available via the College's YouTube Channel.

Please note:
The video series is intended to give an example of the usual processes used and may not be truly reflective of every candidate’s experience at the Primary exams. A mixture of real exam candidates and actors, have been used in the making of these videos and the correct dress code has not been observed throughout the modules (exam dress code is set out at Appendix 5 of the examinations Regulations). Changes made to exam processes after May 2014 will not be covered in the run through videos.


Resources available to candidates preparing for the MCQ
Resources available to candidates preparing for the OSCE
Resources available to candidates preparing for the SOE
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