Temporary Examination Eligibility (TEE)

About TEE

Temporary Examination Eligibility allows all anaesthetic doctors, who have not worked in the NHS UK, to become eligible for and apply for Primary FRCA examinations.   

The application period for Temporary Examination Eligibility in advance of the September/August sitting of the Primary MCQ is now closed. Any TEE application received now will be processed before the 1 September deadline and successful applicants will be allowed to apply for the November sitting of the Primary MCQ. 

College membership is an essential requirement to become eligible to sit all FRCA examinations. Anaesthetists who are working outside of the UK do not currently qualify for any of the College membership categories. Temporary Examination Eligibility (TEE) bridges this gap and allows overseas doctors to satisfy the membership requirement and become eligible for the Primary FRCA examinations.

However, doctors must have worked in the NHS for at least one year to become eligible for the Final FRCA examinations and therefore, TEE applicants are not eligible to sit the Final FRCA examinations unless they take up a role in the NHS UK and will have worked in that role for at least 12 months prior to the date of the Final exam they are applying for.

Temporary Examination Eligibility (TEE) is open to any practising anaesthetist in the world who wishes to sit the FRCA Primary Examinations.

College membership is a prerequisite for taking the FRCA Examinations. Anaesthetists who are working outside of the UK and therefore do not qualify for any of the College membership categories, can apply for TEE as a means to take the Primary FRCA examinations. 

To apply for TEE you must be a practicing anaesthetist.

You should complete the Temporary Examination Eligibility (TEE) Application form and submit it via email to exams@rcoa.ac.uk with the following documents:

  • proof of registration with the Medical Council of the country or region in which you are practicing.
  • proof of primary medical qualification or medical degree.
  • proof of foundation training, an example can be found here
  • proof of speciality training in anaesthesia of a minimum of 6 months. This can be a certificate or a letter of confirmation from your hospital.

Once you have submitted you TEE application form, it may take a while for the exams team to get back to you, so please be patient. When your application has been processed and assuming TEE is granted, you will receive a confirmation letter via email. This will included instructions on how to apply for exams and your unique TEE number. You will also be prompted to pay for your TEE registration online which will be sent to you by the College's finance department. The current annual TEE membership fee is £100.

New TEE applicants must have their TEE applications approved prior to their application for the FRCA Primary MCQ examination. Please refer to the examinations calendar and time your application for TEE appropriately. Please also make sure you state on application, which sitting you intend to attend as this will help us to assign you the correct TEE period.

There are three TEE deadline dates per year. This is designed to allow you a maximum number of attempts at the Primary MCQ exam within your TEE period.

TEE Deadline Date

1 June

1 September

1 November

TEE Validity Period of 12 months

1 June – 30 June

1 September – 30 September

1 November – 30 November

Candidates can apply to the following MCQ exams










The TEE period is slightly over twelve months. In this time it is possible to successfully attempt and pass each part of the FRCA Primary Examination. If your TEE period expires before you have passed each component, then you can renew TEE by submitting another application form and proof that you are still registered with a medical council. There is no need to submit the other documents.

There is no limit to the number of times that you can renew TEE, but please be aware that a candidate can only make six attempts at each exam component. Please refer to the examination regulations for more details.

Once you have been issued with a TEE number which you can use to apply for exams.  You should then apply for the exams via the College website in the normal fashion. Please pay careful attention to the examinations calendars for when to apply for your intended exam as late applications will not be accepted.

Exam Structure

All FRCA Examinations are based on practices within the NHS in the UK. The exam syllabus is drawn from the UK Anaesthetic Basic Level Training Curriculum. TEE then you should understand the structure of the Primary exam which can be found on the Primary FRCA exam overview page.  

There are a number of resources available to exam candidates and overseas applicants are advised to take full advantage of the Primary guide, example questions, exam courses and videos which can be accessed or researched on the resource for candidate pages.  A particular useful tool in familiarising yourself with what to expect when arriving at the College for your exam is the 'exam run thorough video series and a further understanding of the Primary SOE can be gained from the Primary SOE video series which can be found by clicking the SOE box on the Primary -candidate resources page.   


All FRCA examinations are conducted in English. Where a candidate’s first language is not English, the College recommends that an applicant’s communication and written skills in English are at least equivalent to the level at which a doctor could successfully pass the PLAB (Professional Linguistics Assessment Board) tests or at a level where they would expect to gain an average score of approximately 7.5/9 across all bands of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). However we do not require you to provide us with a certificate proving competency in English.

Further Information

Candidates applying for examinations under TEE will be subject to both the general exam regulations and the TEE regulations.

TEE is not a membership category and does not give any privileges associated with College membership, it only gives an overseas applicant eligibility towards Primary FRCA exams.  If you wish to apply for the Final Examinations after passing the Primary examinations, this cannot be done under TEE. Please refer to the exams eligibility section of the website for more information regarding applying for the FRCA Final Examinations.

If you are currently employed in the UK as an anaesthetist and you are not a member of the College but wish to sit the Primary exam, then TEE is not for you. You should contact the membership department for more information about a category which would be better suited to you.

If you have any further queries about TEE or any element regarding exam eligibility then please contact the Exams Dept: exams@rcoa.ac.uk