Theory exams - sample papers

All RCPCH theory exams are delivered via computer-based testing (CBT). Our sample paper is a tutorial to help you better understand the functionality and what you can expect of a CBT examination. This is not a like-for like practice exam but just an example of how our CBT examinations are run. You can review our four sample papers which are available online.

How to access the sample papers (specimen papers)

You can access the papers by clicking on the appropriate links below.

After you finish

You can download the answer keys for each specimen paper below to check the correct answers.

You can take the sample paper as many times as you wish, but the questions that feature will remain the same.


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