FRCEM Primary Exam

The FRCEM Primary becomes the MRCEM Primary from August 2021 – find out more here

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.

Learn more about our FRCEM Primary Revision Course

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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