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For a full guide to the MRCOG examination, its format and how to pass it, please see The MRCOG: A Guide to the Examination published by the College Press in a third edition in 2008 and available from our bookshop here. This page contains the bulk of the instructions sent to all candidates in hard copy upon registration. Please also refer to that booklet for specific details, information, instructions and rules applying to different sittings. The written examination consists of two question formats: extended matching questions (EMQs), described below true / false multiple choice questions (MCQs) below The marking split and distribution of questions are also outlined below. The examination consists of two written papers. The time allowed to fully complete each paper is two hours (four hours examining time in total). Paper 1: 20 EMQs; 48 5-part MCQs EMQs = 60 marks MCQs = 240 marks Paper 2: 20 EMQs; 48 5-part MCQs EMQs = 60 marks MCQs = 240 marks
and all transfers must be done fully within the time allowed for the examination. Each correct EMQ answer will be worth the same number of marks as three correct MCQ answers. The most important element of the format is that you must select the single answer that best fits. The option lists will nearly always be in alphabetical or numerical order for ease of reference. Time management is candidate’s responsibility. and then a list of one to five questions (each numbered. even if one of the answers you choose is the correct one. they will be in the most appropriate order for quick reference. Although the answer sheet will provide 20 possible answers. Specimen answer sheet: A portion of a completed answer sheet may look like this: Marking: Incorrect answers are not penalised. Indicate your judgment of each particular question by boldly blacking out the letter that corresponds to the single best answer in the option list. if not. . Each question in the question booklet will consist of an option list (lettered to reflect the answer sheet). Most option lists will provide 10 to 14 answer options. If you mark two or more boxes on the same question. You may feel that there are several possible answers. again to match the answer sheet). the option lists for questions may not use all of these. Candidates may mark their responses in the question book and then transfer these to the answer sheet. one lozenge is filled in by the end of the examination. Please be aware that this will take longer. a lead-in statement (which tells you clearly what to do). no mark will be awarded. but you must choose only the most likely one from the option list.The EMQ section Answering the questions: The answer sheet is numbered 1-20 and against each number there are twenty lozenges labelled from A to T. It is in your best interests to ensure for each of the 20 answers. but we recommend spending approximately 24 minutes on the EMQs and 96 minutes on the MCQs. Please ensure that any mistakes are clearly and fully erased.
those whose French is mostly from wine bottles might be tempted by Sweet. the first being a non-clinical example. J.e. Arid Damp Dehydrated Desiccate Dry Rainy Sodden Soggy Sweet Waterless Wet Instructions: For each French word below. K. more than once or not at all.dessicate or arid) but are not the single most accurate translation and tricky distractors (for question 2. Note: Where answers have been provided to these example questions they have been removed from the bank of live questions that can be set (although the same option lists may remain with different tested scenarios). F. exact antonyms of the words). for question 1 .distractors that are easy to dismiss if you have the knowledge (i. G. E. H. . the same option lists may also recur with different tested scenarios. Each option may be used once. choose the single most accurate English translation from the above list. Example 1 A. Question 1: mouille Question 2. sec Correct response: Question 1: K Question 2: E This example demonstrates a number of features .Examples of the EMQ format Below are four multi-part examples of EMQs. As a contribution to self-directed learning we have included example EMQs without answers. distractors that are much closer (i. D. I. Again.e. These remain in the bank and may reappear in the examinations. but it is not an accurate translation). C. B. Answers have not been included because we would like to encourage candidates to seek out information themselves and thus learn actively in the process.
Example 2 Options A. I. choose the single most likely causative hormone from the above list of options. Calcitonin Cortisol Glucagon Growth hormone Insulin Estradiol 17-beta Oxytocin Parathyroid hormone Prolactin Thyroxine Instructions: For each action described below. D. J. C. G. F. H. E. Each option may be used once. B. or not at all. Question 3: Stimulates deposition of cartilage at the ends of bones Question 4: Raises blood glucose levels through the breakdown of fat and protein Question 5: Antagonises the effect of parathyroid hormone to minimise bone density loss Question 6: Stimulates the release of milk from the breast Question 7: Stimulates the urinary secretion of calcium Correct Responses: Question 3: D Question 4: B . more than once.
the type of organism and whether or not there is a risk of transplacental infection. Each option may be used once. Question 13: Treponema pallidum Question 14: Mycobacterium tuberculosis Question 15: Plasmodium falciparum Correct Response: Question 13: O . Select the single correct profile for each of the micro-organisms in the items below. which are caused by microorganisms. more than once or not at all.Example 3 Options Maternal Disease Type Risk of Transplacental Infection A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T Babesiosis Babesiosis Coccidioidomycosis Coccidioidomycosis Malaria Malaria Malaria Malaria Q fever Q fever Schistosomiasis Schistosomiasis Syphilis Syphilis Syphilis Syphilis Tuberculosis Tuberculosis Tuberculosis Tuberculosis Protozoan Protozoan Fungus Fungus Bacterium Protozoan Protozoan Virus Rickettsia Virus Helminth Protozoan Protozoan Spirochete Spirochete Virus Bacterium Bacterium Fungus Protozoan No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No Instructions: The options above refer to different maternal diseases.
answer C is ‘False’. third and fourth sacral segments B.e. D and E are ‘True’. For each incorrect answer no mark (0) is awarded. Please be aware that this will take longer and all transfers must be done fully within the time allowed for the examination. one lozenge is filled in by the end of the examination. gives off the inferior haemorrhoidal (rectal) nerve in the pudendal canal D. Please ensure that any mistakes are clearly and fully erased. B.The MCQ section Answering the questions: The answer sheet is numbered 21 to 68 and each question number has five components. has the pudendal artery on its medial side as it lies of the ischial spine D. innervates the clitoris Answers A. runs between the pyriformis and coccygeus muscles before leaving the pelvis C. lettered A to E. derives its fibres from the second. . Specimen questions and answers: The pudendal nerve A. Against each letter there are two lozenges labelled T (= True) and F (= False). Your answer sheet relating to these questions would look like this when correctly filled in: T means TRUE. Candidates may mark their responses in the question book and then transfer these to the answer sheet. F means FALSE Marking: Each answer correctly answered (i. Incorrect answers are not penalised. a true statement indicated as T or a false statement indicated as F) is awarded one mark (+1). Indicate your judgment of each particular question by boldly blacking out either the T or F lozenge. If both lozenges or neither lozenge is marked no mark (0) is awarded. It is in your best interests to ensure for each of the answers. All questions must be answered T or F.
although this will naturally vary slightly from sitting to sitting: .Division of marks The following pie charts show the distribution of questions in the examination.
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