Your exam results (MRCPCH and DCH)

You can access your results on your online account five to six weeks after the exam. We will email your detailed results breakdown approximately one week after that. For clinical exams, candidates wishing to submit a complaint or feedback after receiving their results should do so as soon as possible. Find out more including breakdowns of exam pass rates here.
Last modified
20 January 2023

When and how to get your results

To see your results online, log in. Go to My account, and in the Exams block, click on Your exam results.

We do not provide results in person, by fax, by telephone or by post.

Theory exams - requests for re-marking

Following a recent decision from the Examinations Board, we will no longer be offering the option of a re-mark for theory examinations. This will be implemented from Foundation of Practice (FOP) & Theory and Science (TAS) 2022.2 (taking place on 15 June 2022) and all theory examinations thereafter.

This decision was made due to the extensive quality assurance that takes place before results publication, meaning that the Examinations Board felt the re-marking process offered too little value for candidates to continue the offer. The re-mark process was also designed with a very different delivery method in mind, and we no longer believe that it is fit for purpose.

We encourage all candidates who experience issues or problems of any kind on exam day, which they feel make affect their performance, to submit a complaint within 7 days of the exam itself for consideration.

MRCPCH Clinical - passmark and when you can resit

To apply for MRCPCH Clinical, you need a confirmed pass result in all three MRCPCH theory exams.

Passmark for MRCPCH Clinical normal circuit, face-to-face with patients in ALL clinical stations (no centres currently)

This is the normal, pre-Covid modified MRCPCH Clinical exam that was first delivered in Autumn 2019.

The passmark is set using a modified Angoff standard setting process. All Angoff panel members are fully trained in the level of the exam, changes to exam stations and marking domains, the concept of the minimally competent candidate and in the Angoff process itself. During the process, subject matter experts (SMEs) are able to discuss their scoring with their colleagues (a key part of the Angoff method). Judgments made by SMEs are averaged to determine the final passmark, thereby setting the standard for determining a competent candidate.

The minimum passmark for the MRCPCH Clinical (face to face exam format) is 60 out of the 82 available marks, a passmark of 73%.

Passmark for MRCPCH Clinical normal circuit, face-to-face with patients in 4 short clinical stations (UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Pakistan, KSA, Egypt, Oman, UAE).

The passmark is set using a modified Angoff standard setting process. All Angoff panel members are fully trained in the level of the exam, changes to exam stations and marking domains, the concept of the minimally competent candidate and in the Angoff process itself. During the process, subject matter experts (SMEs) are able to discuss their scoring with their colleagues (a key part of the Angoff method). Judgments made by SMEs are averaged to determine the final passmark, thereby setting the standard for determining a competent candidate.

UK, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Nepal MRCPCH Clinical are all assessed to this passmark standard. Currently, all other overseas face-to-face MRCPCH Clinical centres are running the exam with no patients.

The minimum passmark for the MRCPCH Clinical (face to face exam format) is 62 out of the 82 available marks, a passmark of 76.8%.

Passmark for MRCPCH normal circuit, face to face, no patients (no centres currently)

This passmark will be in effect from the May 2022-2 diet for all centres in this group. 

The passmark information outlined here relates to MRCPCH Clinical exams delivered across overseas exam centres (face to face) with no patient involvement (all stations are scenario led). It refers to the normal face to face circuit which we ran prior to COVID.

The passmark is set using a modified Angoff standard setting process. All Angoff panel members are fully trained in the level of the exam, changes to exam stations and marking domains, the concept of the minimally competent candidate and in the Angoff process itself. During the process, subject matter experts (SMEs) are able to discuss their scoring with their colleagues (a key part of the Angoff method). Judgments made by SMEs are averaged to determine the final passmark, thereby setting the standard for determining a competent candidate.

The minimum passmark for this method of exam delivery is 64 out of the 82 available marks, a passmark of 78%.  This is an update from the previous passmark for examinations sat through this method of delivery at overseas centres between August 2021 and April 2022 (69/82).   This is in line with the most recent Angoff review and supported by historical performance data.  Standards and expectations have been, and continue to be, consistent between groups and across time.

When to resit

We routinely analyse the performance of exam candidates. Statistical evidence suggests that a candidate who has a poor performance on the MRCPCH Clinical, and then re-attempts soon after, will perform lower than the expected standard. Due to this RCPCH Examinations Board have agreed to re-instate a deferment mark for the MRCPCH Clinical examination from 2023 onwards.

A deferment mark is a mark of 52 or below. If you score 52 or below, from 2023 onwards, this will result in an automatic deferment for the next diet. This will mean that candidates receiving a deferment score must not apply for the next diet of exams. For example, if you were to receive a deferment score of 52 or below for an MRCPCH Clinical exam sat in 2023-1 diet then you would not be eligible to sit in 2023-2 diet and could reapply to sit in 2023-3 diet.

We strongly advise that you only apply to take or re-attempt MRCPCH Clinical when you feel ready. You can take time to consider your feedback and get more experience. It may be helpful to discuss your results feedback with your educational supervisor or another senior colleague (sponsor) before deciding on when to apply for your next attempt. Please refer to the MRCPCH Clinical How to apply webpage for related information regarding sponsors.

DCH Clinical - passmark and when you can resit

Passmark for DCH Clinical (Online)

Currently the DCH Clinical is being delivered online. This has led to a change to the passmark.

The passmark for the online exam was set using a modified Angoff standard setting process. The impact of a remote delivered exam on candidate performance was accounted for throughout the process.

The DCH Clinical passmark is currently set at 160/192.

The passmark for the face to face format of the DCH Clinical exam is 120/144. There are currently no plans to return to the face to face format although this will be reviewed in 2022.

MRCPCH/DCH Clinical - complaints and feedback

Candidates are no longer able to appeal results or marks from MRCPCH or DCH Clinical exams. However, any candidate with a concern regarding their clinical exam marks should submit an email to the Clincal Assessments team on clinicalexams@rcpch.ac.uk detailing their concerns.

For more detail about complaints and feedback for clinical exams (including access to the MRCPCH and DCH Complaints forms), see the MRCPCH/DCH regulations and rules

Overall pass rates for exams

The following pass rates are presented by exam and broken down by UK/overseas graduated candidates and those working in the UK at the time of sitting.

MRCPCH Foundation of Practice (FOP) 

Exam diet Overall % UK graduates % Overseas graduates % UK workers %
2010.1
2010.2
2010.3
2011.1
2011.2
2011.3
2012.1
2012.2
2012.3
2013.11
2013.2
2013.3
2014.12
2014.2
2014.3
2015.1
2015.2
2015.3
2016.13
2016.2
2016.3
2017.1
2017.2
2017.3
2018.1
2018.2
2018.3
2019.1
2019.2
2019.3
2020.1
2020.3
2021.1
2021.2
2021.3
53.8
40.6
50.0
55.7
43.2
53.3
66.2
45.6
43.5
45.8
61.3
74.9
62.6
51.1
35.4
52.2
28.4
69.0
51.4
45.6
22.9
78.7
36.1
42.2
76.9
42.8
56.3
49.0
61.1
55.9
62.1
75.6
71.4
68.1
65.0
80.2
79.5
78.3
79.6
80.2
79.2
91.4
84.1
78.9
81.7
87.6
89.0
95.9
84.5
63.5
75.1
60.3
80.5
86.8
76.7
53.8
91.2
61.5
57.8
97.9
86.1
83.0
76.0
89.1
84.3
86.1
88.2
89.8
82.7
76.3
33.5
26.7
42.4
41.5
30.6
42.3
51.8
32.9
29.5
28.3
50.7
69.7
48.1
38.8
25.0
39.8
15.9
64.9
35.9
34.1
13.9
75.3
28.1
38.5
70.6
35.5
51.7
41.8
53.6
52.1
56.1
73.3
69.1
63.4
62.7
66.1
65.6
64.0
68.3
64.6
71.9
81.0
70.6
68.3
74.7
82.1
83.9
83.7
68.5
51.7
63.3
45.9
73.4
71.9
63.0
40.7
87.0
52.1
50.4
92.0
72.1
73.5
66.5
81.3
75.3
76.1
79.4
81.0
75.1
70.2

Other notes4

MRCPCH Theory and Science (TAS)

Exam diet Overall % UK graduates % Overseas graduates % UK workers %
2010.1
2010.2
2010.3
2011.1
2011.2
2011.3
2012.1
2012.2
2012.3
2013.15
2013.2
2013.3
2014.16
2014.2
2014.3
2015.1
2015.2
2015.3
2016.17
2016.2
2016.3
2017.1
2017.2
2017.3
2018.1
2018.2
2018.3
2019.1
2019.2
2019.3
2020.1
2020.3
2021.1
2021.2
2021.3
31.6
38.2
46.5
38.6
33.8
43.0
35.5
33.6
46.3
41.3
50.0
65.7
43.4
43.4
46.0
36.0
56.4
44.3
32.5
33.7
72.0
40.8
39.4
55.8
69.7
57.9
55.3
63.4
63.8
67.4
64.9
73.2
65.1
77.1
75.3
42.6
56.0
51.4
55.2
54.4
54.2
51.0
54.9
50.9
46.6
65.4
72.4
48.3
64.6
47.1
43.0
65.8
52.9
33.2
35.4
79.7
41.9
44.2
64.7
80.9
55.9
62.7
71.4
71.0
67.7
65.4
77.4
51.5
71.7
73.9
25.5
32.0
45.7
29.9
28.2
40.1
27.9
27.1
44.2
37.5
42.4
64.4
41.1
37.0
45.8
32.7
52.2
41.0
32.7
34.1
68.8
40.8
37.8
53.1
66.0
58.7
54.2
61.3
61.5
66.9
63.3
72.6
66.3
78.6
75.8
33.2
48.6
48.8
47.6
41.1
46.6
44.9
46.4
43.9
43.1
57.3
65.6
42.8
53.9
45.5
34.2
61.4
49.2
32.0
33.4
74.8
40.5
39.2
60.2
75.8
54.8
56.5
65.9
67.6
64.0
63.3
71.6
55.7
70.2
71.5

Other notes8

MRCPCH Applied Knowledge in Practice (AKP) 

Exam diet Overall % UK graduates % Overseas graduates % UK workers %
2010.1
2010.2
2010.3
2010.3 (extra sitting)
2011.2 (no  2011.1)
2011.3
2012.1
2012.2
2012.3
2013.19
2013.2
2013.3
2014.110
2014.2
2014.3
2015.1
2015.2
2015.3
2016.111
2016.2
2016.3
2017.1
2017.2
2017.3
2018.1
2018.2
2018.3
2019.1
2019.2
2019.3
2020.1
2020.3 
2021.1
2021.2
2021.3
37.1
59.0
38.3
51.8
54.1
45.1
44.6
35.5
55.2
54.6
65.8
62.6
72.9
57.7
67.0
77.5
50.6
46.2
71.3
44.7
60.4
50.8
57.9
49.6
68.9
56.6
67.4
51.3
71.1
70.9
75.5
77.4
78.9
82.6
80.3
38.7
66.7
46.5
60.0
66.0
51.8
50.4
47.7
50.0
59.4
67.7
65.5
81.3
65.4
80.4
91.3
70.2
47.2
84.4
57.8
79.2
59.4
77.5
76.8
79.0
69.1
74.0
74.6
80.7
76.1
82.2
87.2
76.9
87.5
78.5
36.8
56.9
36.0
44.4
50.0
42.9
39.6
28.5
56.7
49.0
66.2
62.0
67.9
55.1
63.5
68.7
43.4
46.8
63.8
40.0
55.5
48.3
51.0
43.4
65.0
53.9
66.3
44.7
69.0
69.9
73.0
75.3
79.1
80.6
80.1
35.7
58.7
38.6
39.1
57.0
46.7
42.0
39.3
47.0
55.5
63.4
59.9
74.3
55.5
70.4
84.3
56.3
41.7
77.7
47.5
69.0
53.2
65.8
65.7
72.1
58.3
66.7
62.9
71.4
73.8
77.2
77.5
76.3
81.7
73.6

Other notes12

MRCPCH Clinical

Exam diet Overall % UK graduates % Overseas graduates % UK workers %
2010.1
2010.2
2010.3
2011.1
2011.2
2011.3
2012.1
2012.2
2012.3
2013.1
2013.2
2013.3
2014.1
2014.2
2014.3
2015.1
2015.2
2015.3
2016.1
2016.2
2016.3
2017.1
2017.2
2017.3
2018.1
2018.2
2018.3
2019.1
2019.2
2019.313
2020.1
2020.3 
2021.1
2021.2
2021.3
36.6
40.1
40.4
40.4
39.5
41.9
49.1
45.0
50.4
50.6
54.8
49.6
58.0
52.0
55.8
53.8
56.6
56.8
55.1
52.5
61.2
57.0
56.9
60.9
64.2
52.2
52.5
65.3
49.4
68.3
75.2
84.7
64.8
69.6
57.0
62.8
70.2
68.0
61.8
59.4
62.7
68.3
65.3
74.7
70.9
77.5
72.2
74.1
71.5
71.6
71.0
74.3
77.8
74.3
74.4
87.8
78.2
80.1
83.1
80.3
70.5
73.0
79.9
72.8
94.2
96.7
97.5
78.6
82.4
76.4
24.9
21.6
25.8
24.8
22.3
28.0
37.1
36.6
32.5
36.3
34.6
25.7
34.7
34.8
38.5
29.3
32.6
34.3
36.6
28.6
37.6
34.9
35.6
42.7
45.2
27.3
38.7
46.7
35.0
45.8
54.3
64.7
31.3
43.1
39.6
40.7
44.2
41.8
41.8
39.5
43.9
51.2
48.6
53.7
52.1
58.0
51.2
57.2
54.0
59.1
57.6
60.9
62.7
60.3
57.5
69.2
66.1
66.5
71.6
68.8
57.9
60.2
66.8
59.4
79.1
76.9
84.6
64.9
69.6
57.2

Other notes14

DCH Clinical

Exam diet Overall % UK graduates % Overseas graduates % UK workers %
2010.1
2010.2
2011.1
2011.2
2012.1
2012.2
2013.1
2013.2
2014.1
2014.2
2015.1
2015.2
2016.1
2016.2
2017.1
2017.2
2018.1
2018.2
2019.1
2019.2
2020.215
2021.1
2021.2
80.4
71.9
78.4
70.3
79.7
67.7
84.5
83.6
79.1
79.3
73.8
76.4
78.8
85.1
81.7
84.6
78.6
90.4
86.0
94.7
80.5
81.5
68.0
87.0
86.5
89.5
79.7
89.4
80.2
96.9
95.1
96.2
85.4
92.5
91.9
90.2
94.1
100.0
100.0
85.7
96.9
100.0
100.0
90.5
100.0
100.0
56.3
55.4
48.3
51.7
55.6
45.6
55.0
56.6
40.7
64.3
41.4
53.7
62.9
69.7
60.0
69.7
68.4
75.0
66.7
83.3
70.0
67.9
55.8
80.8
71.7
80.7
70.4
83.5
68.7
90.7
86.4
85.3
81.0
83.3
78.8
85.0
90.3
86.8
98.0
81.8
90.5
96.3
100.0
87.5
89.7
88.9

Other notes16

  • 1In 2013.1 the Part 1a exam became FOP
  • 2In 2014.1 the FOP, TAS and AKP exams changed from paper-based testing to computer-based testing
  • 3In 2016.1 a new blueprint was developed for FOP, TAS and AKP exams
  • 4There were no 2020.2 MRCPCH FOP, TAS, AKP and Clinical exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 5In 2013.1 the Part 1b exam became TAS
  • 6In 2014.1 the FOP, TAS and AKP exams changed from paper-based testing to computer-based testing
  • 7In 2016.1 a new blueprint was developed for FOP, TAS and AKP exams
  • 8There were no 2020.2 MRCPCH FOP, TAS, AKP and Clinical exams due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • 9In 2013.1 the Part 2 exam became AKP
  • 10In 2014.1 the FOP, TAS and AKP exams changed from paper-based testing to computer-based testing
  • 11In 2016.1 a new blueprint was developed for FOP, TAS and AKP exams
  • 12There were no 2020.2 MRCPCH FOP, TAS, AKP and Clinical exams due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • 13New MRCPCH Clinical exam circuit brought in for 2019.3 exams onwards. Previous diet pass rates are based on the old circuit
  • 14There were no 2020.2 MRCPCH FOP, TAS, AKP and Clinical exams due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • 15In 2020.2 the DCH and 2020.3 the MRCPCH FOP, TAS, AKP and Clinical exams, a remote testing option was introduced
  • 16There were no 2020.1 DCH due to the COVID 19 pandemic.