- Basic introduction
- How to apply
- How to prepare
Part 1 MRCOG is a written examination to evaluate basic and clinical sciences relevant to the subject. There are two written papers, each consisting of 100 single best answer questions (SBAs). Each paper counts for the same amount of marks (i.e. paper 1 counts for 50% of the overall mark, and paper 2 also counts for 50% of the overall mark). There is no minimum score required for each paper and the outcome is determined only by a candidate’s overall (combined) mark.
Applying for the Part 1 exam is a 2-stage process: eligibility and booking. You must first have your eligibility application processed and approved, before you can book your exam place online.
Applications and bookings are only open for a certain period of time. Please check the Part 1 exam calendar and fees page of RCOG for opening and closing dates.
If you don’t already have an account with the RCOG website, first please register with the RCOG website.
The College offers a range of resources that will help you prepare for the Part 1 MRCOG.
Register with the RCOG
We encourage all candidates to register with the College to gain access to a range of benefitsthat will help you prepare for the exam.
The Part 1 Committee has also put together a recommended reading list for candidates preparing for the Part 1 MRCOG exam.
StratOG, the College’s eLearning platform, contains a single best answer (SBA) resource that provides invaluable practice in tackling SBAs for the Part 1 MRCOG.
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist contains high-quality peer-reviewed articles on obstetrics and gynaecology that aim to inform your clinical practice. Using TOG questions will help you assess your knowledge and improve your learning experience as you prepare for your exams.
Our Green-top Guidelines are a practical resource for all exam candidates. The Part 1 MRCOG Committee, which is responsible for setting the exam questions, uses the Green-top Guidelines as a reference point when writing the papers, so revising the guidelines will help you understand what the exam questions require of you.
The Green-top Guidelines are free on our website or you can buy the RCOG Guidelines app for iOS or Android.
For details of Part 1 MRCOG revision courses, please see the RCOG courses and events listings.
QUESTION：How do I apply to sit the Part 1 MRCOG?
ANSWER：Applying for the Part 1 exam is a 2-stage process: eligibility and booking. You must first have your eligibility application processed and approved, before you can book your exam place online. For full details about applying for eligibility, see How to book the Part 1 MRCOG exam. Resit candidates are already eligible and can proceed directly to booking.
QUESTION：Who should I make my payment to?
ANSWER：If you’re applying for the Part 1 MRCOG for the first time or resitting, you’ll be able to pay online. Online payment is made when you book your place on the exam, after confirming you are eligible to sit the exam.
QUESTION：What can I upload as proof of my primary medical degree?
ANSWER：An original or an attested photocopy of your primary medical degree certificate An original or an attested photocopy of your medical registration certificate, provided it states your primary medical degree and university
QUESTION：What if my degree/medical certificate isn’t in English?
ANSWER：You’ll need to submit an authorised translation of your degree certificate or medical registration certificate.
QUESTION：I have multiple documents to upload but the eligibility form only allows one file to be uploaded. Wh
ANSWER：There are many online free-to-use PDF merge tools that combine multiple files into one document. Please do not email or post any separate documents to the Examinations Department. You should combine all your necessary eligibility files into one document and then upload it onto the eligibility form.
QUESTION：I have entered the Part 1 MRCOG exam stating my new/married name on the form, but have received an a
ANSWER：For reasons of medical security, the Examination Department is only permitted to register you for an exam using the name that appears on your degree certificate or certificate of medical registration.
QUESTION：What documents would you need to register me under my new/married name?
ANSWER：You would need a re-issued degree certificate or certificate of medical registration stating your new/married name, as well as a copy of your marriage certificate/affidavit showing both your former and your new name. Sending a marriage certificate/affidavit alone is not sufficient.
QUESTION：I have sat the Part 1 MRCOG before – do I need to send my medical degree certificate to you again to
ANSWER：No. We need to see your degree certificate or attested copy once only.
QUESTION：How do I get my entrance ticket?
ANSWER：Your entrance ticket will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks before your exam. You will need to print out your entrance ticket and bring it with you to the exam, together with photographic identification.