Trainees will need 6 months solid exam preparation and it is recommended that once trainees have decided on the timing of their exam then they should start revision ASAP by working through the RCoA e-LA section of the Primary FRCA exam and the recommended text books. http://www.rcoa.ac.uk/e-la
It is the Schools suggestion that trainees appointed in February should attempt the November MCQ giving them 9 months of solid preparation. If a trainee should be unsuccessful, then they have the opportunity of resitting the MCQ exam in February.
Trainees appointed in August, should attempt the MCQ in September or November.
You will be invited to attend a Practice MCQ Day approx. 2-3 weeks before the Royal College of Anaesthetists Primary MCQ examination. This is an all-day event completing a whole MCQ paper under exam conditions. Feedback and results will be given at the end of the day.
When successful at the MCQ Exam, trainees will be invited to attend OSCE practice approx. 2 weeks before the Royal College of Anaesthetists Primary OSCE Examination.
VIVA Preparation Sessions
Trainees will be invited to attend a serious of VIVA preparation sessions over a 4/5 week period before the Royal College of Anaesthetists Primary Viva Examination.