Frequently Asked Questions

Online Examinations



Am I eligible to enter the FRCPath Part 1 exam?

Am I eligible to enter for the FRCPath Part 2 exam?

How many attempts can I have at the FRCPath/Diploma exam?

Are there exemptions from any part of the FRCPath exam?

Can I become a Fellow of the College without sitting the FRCPath exam?

Is there a time limit between taking Part 1 and Part 2?

I am registered with the GMC and I have a licence to practise, but I practise entirely outside of the UK. How will I revalidate?

Applying for an examination

Examination Applications

Do I need to send any certificates with my application?

What is the fee for my exam?

Can I pay by cheque or cash?

Can I pay with my debit or credit card?

How can I obtain a receipt for payment of an exam?

When will I know that I have been accepted to sit the exam?

Can I apply after the closing date?

Who should act as my sponsor?

How do I withdraw from the exam?

Can I withdraw from the exam and defer my entry to the next session?

Where can I sit the exam? Can I transfer to another exam centre?

My contact details have changed. What do I do?

I want to re-sit an exam, do I need to fill out another application?

How do I request an adjustment to my examination?

Part 2 Written Options

Part 2 Written Options

I have to send in a written option for my FRCPath Part 2 exam. When do I have to send it in to the College?

How many copies of my written option/portfolio do I need to send in to the College?

Preparing for the examination

Preparing for the examination

When will I find out the date and venue of my practical/oral exam?

How long is the exam and how many questions are there?

Is there a reading list for the FRCPath/Diploma exam?

Are there any past or sample papers that I can look at?

Does the College publish any books which contain sample questions for the exam?

Does the College run any courses to prepare candidates for the exam?

What identification do I have to take with me to the exam?

What is the fee for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) application?



Will my exam result be available on the internet?

What membership category will I be eligible for?

If I do not pass can I get more feedback on my result?

Can I make an appeal against the result of my exam?

Additional Information for Overseas Candidates

Additional Information for Overseas Candidates

Where can I sit the examination?

Is the FRCPath/Diploma written exam sat overseas at the same as the written exam in the UK?

Do overseas candidates need to have passed the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) Test or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) before applying for the FRCPath exams?


Complaints about the examination

I am unhappy with the way I have been treated as a candidate. How do I complain?