MRCPCH Clinical exam - On exam day and after

Find out what to do on exam day and after, including results, complaints and appeals.
Last modified
20 September 2021

What to do on the day

Make sure you are at the test centre by the registration time, which is on your admissions document. Candidates who arrive after their exam circuit has begun will not be permitted to sit the exam.

You will need to bring your final placement letter with you.

You must also bring one form of identification that includes a signature and recent photograph, such as:

  • passport
  • driving licence
  • hospital ID card.

A travel card will not be accepted.

If you have recently changed name - for example, through marriage - you will need to provide official supporting evidence to both the Exams team and the test centre.

You will not be permitted to take anything onto the exam circuit. If you need anything else, you must include this request for reasonable adjustments in your online application.

Your personal belongings will be securely stored during the exam. Please collect these items after your exam(s) have finished. The College and the test centre take no legal responsibility for any loss or damage caused to personal belongings stored in the test centre.

Once you have registered you will be asked to fill in the relevant sections of your exam station mark sheets using pencil. Please write your name and write and highlight your candidate number on each mark sheet. You will find a route map within your mark sheet pack that will tell you your start station and the order of stations you will move through.

Talking with other candidates during the examination circuit is not permitted.

Once the Senior Examiner or Host Examiner has ushered you to your start station you will have approximately 4 minutes waiting time before the circuit begins.

Exam results

The results are published to your website account within six weeks of the exam date. For overseas centres, this process can take up to nine weeks. Log in to your account to view your results.

A results letter with detailed feedback will follow the week after the results are published online. 

More about exam results

Withdrawals and tansfers

Requests for withdrawals

If you wish to withdraw after you apply, please send your request by email at exams@rcpch.ac.uk, post or fax.

  • If you withdraw after you submit an application but before the application period closes, you will not be charged.
  • If you withdraw after you have been placed and wish to request a refund you will need to include supporting evidence with your request. Requests must be received no later than 14 days after the exam date. Any refund that may be granted will depend on supporting evidence and is at the discretion of the Examinations Manager/Examinations Executive Committee.

Please refer to the exams regulations and rules for more details on refunds.

If you need to apply for a visa, please submit your application early in the application period and state this in your application. If you have difficulties obtaining a visa, you will not be automatically entitled to a refund.

Requests for transfers (UK centres only)

After you receive notification of your placement you may wish to make a request to transfer or change your exam date. If you do, please contact the Exams Team as soon as possible. If you are unable to transfer to a centre or date where there is an available space you will need to request a withdrawal - please see above.

If you do not inform us of any specific requirement you may have in your original application (e.g. a centre in the London area - not on a weekend) we may place you on a date or in a centre that might be difficult for you. If this happens, we may need to ask you to withdraw from the exam - see above.

Complaints and feedback

MRCPCH examination candidates are not able to appeal the result outcome of their exam or station marks.  They may seek redress through the complaint process.

Candidates must raise their concerns on the day of the exam either with the invigilator or senior examiner at their exam centre and then submit a complaint form to the Examinations team within 7 days of the exam. The complaint will be investigated and the candidate will be informed of the decision. If the candidate is not satisfied with the outcome of their complaint, they may then appeal their complaint outcome.

The complaint outcome appeals process is only open to those examination candidates who have submitted a complaint and who wish to appeal the outcome of that complaint. Associated complaint outcome appeals must be submitted within 10 working days of the relevant examination results letters being sent out (calculated from the date of the letter). Complaint outcome appeals received after the deadline will not be considered. Examination candidates should note that we can only accept UK personal cheques for payment for Examination Complaint Outcome Appeals fees at this time. We are no longer able to accept bank drafts. Please contact the Exams Team if you are not able to provide a UK personal cheque.

For further details please see our exams regulations and rules:

  • Examinations complaints and feedback form
  • Examinations complaint outcome appeals form