COVID-19 Notice: RCEM have rescheduled the June FRCEM Primary exam to the 10 - 11th August 2020. The exam will take place online and the application period for this sitting is now closed. The dates for the September FRCEM Intermediate exams and the December FRCEM Primary exam have not changed. For more information and updates regarding the exams, please check the RCEM website.

FRCEM Primary Exam

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Exam Structure

The FRCEM Primary examination consists of a 3 hour, multiple choice question (MCQ) paper of 180 single best answer questions (SBAQ).

FRCEM Primary Sample Questions are available on the Royal College of Emergency Medicine website.

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Exam Content

The FRCEM Primary examination is mapped to the RCEM Emergency Medicine 2015 Curriculum with more detailed information provided in the RCEM Basic Sciences Curriculum (June 2010).

All applicants for the FRCEM Primary examination are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the Basic Sciences Curriculum in preparation for sitting the FRCEM Primary examination.

The blueprint for the FRCEM Primary Examination is as follows:

  • Anatomy

    60 Questions

  • Physiology

    60 Questions

  • Pharmacology

    27 Questions

  • Microbiology

    18 Questions

  • Pathology

    9 Questions

  • Evidence Based Medicine

    6 Questions

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