FRCA Examinations Results, Statistics and Research

Exam statistics

The College is committed to ensuring that the FRCA exam statistics in the form of exam pass and fail rates are placed in the public domain as soon after the ‘release of result date’ as possible.  The table below provides the exam statistics for all FRCA components for the last two years and is updated regularly.  Annual statistics in respect of all FRCA examinations are published by the RCoA as part of the Annual Specialty Report (ASR) which is sent to the GMC. . A copy of the annual statistics report for 2013-2014 is available below (see related downloads).  Future reports will be released along with the ASR once receipt of the College's ASR has been received from the GMC.

Primary MCQ March 2016 418 49.8 50.2 Primary OSCE/SOE May 2016 323 64 36
Primary MCQ September 2016 435 59 41 Primary OSCE/SOE November 2016 364 64 36
Primary MCQ November 2016 308 54.6 45.4 Primary OSCE/SOE January 2017 321 51.1 48.9
Primary MCQ February 2017 392 53.1 46.9 Primary OSCE/SOE May 2017 339 64 36
Primary MCQ September 2017 427 57.1 42.9 Primary OSCE/SOE November 2017 350 58.6 41.4
Primary MCQ February 2018 395 52 48 Primary OSCE/SOE January 2018 342 54.7 45.3


Final Written March 2016 514 52.7 47.3 Final SOE June 2016 319 70.5 29.5
Final Written September 2016 404


29.5 Final SOE Dec 2016 374 67.6 32.4
Final Written March 2017 454 62.3 37.7 Final SOE June 2017 389 63.2 36.8
Final Written September 2017 404 75 25 Final SOE Dec 2017 455 64.6 35.4

Chairman’s annual exam summary reports

At the end of each academic year the Chairman of the Primary and Final examinations now submit an annual summary report for their respective examination to the Examinations Committee. These documents review the performance of all RCOA Primary and Final FRCA exams conducted throughout the academic year. It is intended that these annual reports will be of value to examiners, Royal College departments, the GMC, trainers, trainees and the public in general. Therefore to ensure they are available to all interested parties a copy of the Primary and Final reports will be displayed on related downloads (see below) for a maximum of three years.  Reports for academic years: 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 are available below. Future reports will be made available in the autumn following each academic year.

Exam Results

Pass-fail lists
Candidates results in the form of pass-fail lists for all FRCA examination components are published at the foot of this page (see related downloads) from 2.00 pm on ‘the release of result date’.  Candidates are identified on pass-fail lists by their candidate number only (This number is exam specific and is printed on the admission notice sent to all canididates prior to the exam they are sitting)..

The release of result date for forthcoming examinations, are set out in the table below:

Final FRCA Written exam March 2018 From 2pm Friday 6th April 2018
Primary FRCA OSCE/SOE May 2018 From 2pm on the day followingi the exam
Final FRCA SOE June 2018 Results released at the end of each exam day

Result letters
Feedback is provided to candidates in the form of a ‘results letter’, this will be sent by first class post within seven working days of the ‘release of results date’.  The Examinations Regulations Appendix 10 provides full details regarding the type of feedback provided.

 Additional feedback in the form of examiners' comments made on candidate performance at the Prmary and FInal SOEs are provided on request.  Please email

Candidate Exam Day allocations for Primary OSCE/SOE and Final SOE
The College will send out day and exam timing allocations for the Primary OSCE/SOE and the Final SOE exam weeks by email within 10 working days of the application closing date.

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