January 2012 Regulation revision:
After due consideration the number of attempts at Section 2 of the examination has been increased from 3 to 4. Candidates will have a maximum of 4 attempts and up to one further exceptional attempt (on the basis of providing positive educational evidence) with no re-entry. A time limit of up to a maximum of 7 years to complete the examination process has also been set. The January 2012 Regulations have therefore been revised accordingly (view here).
Computer Based Testing (CBT) for Section 1 Examinations:
As a reflection of our commitment to simplifying the booking process, you are no longer required to book your own test centre. When you receive formal eligibility/or resit confirmation for the Section 1 examination, the Secretariat will, at that time, instruct Pearson VUE to book you into the centre you selected at the time of application. This revised process is effective now and will apply to all Section 1 CBT examinations from June 2012 onwards.
Survey Monkey Questionnaires:
We thank all candidates who have fed back via our Survey Monkey questionnaires. The returns from the surveys have been relatively low. We would encourage you all to do your level best to take just a few minutes to complete these important surveys.
Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations (FRCS) - Regulation Change
The Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations has now implemented new Regulations. These Regulations will apply to all examinations from 1st January 2012 and will be known as the January 2012 Regulations.
ISB Introduces Computer Based Testing (CBT) for Section 1 Examinations
The JCIE has now completed one year of CBT for the Section 1 examinations. Candidates sit Section 1 at Pearson VUE Test Centres throughout the UK and Ireland. Feedback from this candidate led initiative remains supportive but continues to be monitored. To find your nearest Test Centre click here . Click here to familiarise yourself with the test delivery application interface. (Macintosh not supported). An online screen tutorial shown to candidates prior to the examination can also be viewed here .
Important Notice - Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations (FRCS) - Regulation Change from January 2012
The Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations, with the approval of the Joint Surgical Colleges, has implemented new Regulations from January 2012 which will restrict the number of attempts at the examination. These new Regulations will apply to all examinations from 1st January 2012 and will be known as the January 2012 Regulations.
Important News - Section 1 examinations - Computer Based Testing
13/09/10 - Updated
The Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations would like to advise that, from January 2011, the Section 1 examinations will be delivered via computer based testing (CBT). Candidates will be able to sit their Section 1 examination in one of over 150 Pearson VUE professional test centres in UK and Ireland.
Important Notice - Fees
From January 2011, the examination fee will increase by £95 to £1795 (Section 1 £520, Section 2 £1275). It should be noted that there has been no increase in the examination fees since November 2006.
Section 1 Examinations - Development Information
Information regarding Section 1 examination development will be provided in the near future. Please visit this site again to read about the proposed changes
Online Examination Application / Payment System - Now live
The online application / payment system is now live. Please visit the calendar or the registration page to proceed.