- Basic introduction
- How to apply
- How to prepare
The Part 2 MRCOG consists of a written examination. Candidates must pass the Part 2 MRCOG before taking Part 3 MRCOG.
There are two written papers. Each paper counts for the same amount of marks (i.e. paper 1 counts for 50% of the mark, and paper 2 also counts for 50% of the mark). Each paper consists of two question formats:
Single best answer questions (SBAs) – worth 40% of the total mark
Extended matching questions (EMQs) – worth 60% of the total mark
Before you can apply for the Part 2 MRCOG, you’ll need to apply to have your training assessed(see below). In order to do so, you will need to register with the RCOG website so a form can be sent to you.
Once your training has been assessed and approved, you can apply for the Part 2 MRCOG online. Application is only open for short periods of time: please visit the main Part 2 MRCOG page for information about when you can apply. Any requests for special arrangements during the examination must be submitted before the closing date for applications.
The College offers a range of resources that will help you prepare for the Part 2 MRCOG.
Practice single best answer questions (SBAs)
We have created practice SBA questions for both obstetrics and gynaecology to help you prepare for the Part 2 MRCOG exam. Answers and comments for each question are provided.
StratOG, the College’s eLearning platform, contains an additional single best answer (SBA) resource that provides invaluable practice in tackling SBAs for the Part 2 MRCOG. For more information and to purchase access, visit the Exam preparation section of StratOG or email the StratOG team.
SBA Questions for the Part 2 MRCOG, published by Cambridge University Press in conjunction with the RCOG, is available from the Cambridge University Press website (available formats: print and eBook for Adobe eBook Reader), or from Amazon (link is to UK site – the title is also available from other Amazon sites).
The Part 2 MRCOG Sub-committees have also put together a recommended reading list for candidates preparing for the Part 2 MRCOG exam.
StratOG, the College’s eLearning platform, contains 98 core tutorials to help candidates gain the knowledge they need for the Part 2 MRCOG exam.
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG) 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 2 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 2 MRCOG revision courses, please search the RCOG courses and events listings.
The RCOG also runs an Enhanced Revision Programme (ERP) for the Part 2 MRCOG. This unique and rewarding programme is mapped to the syllabus of the Part 2 MRCOG exam. It guides candidates through key themes that provide an insight into clinical practice in the UK to improve their chance of success. For more information on ERP, please download this information pack (PDF, 1.46 mb).
QUESTION：How do I apply to sit the Part 2 MRCOG?
ANSWER：Before you can apply for the Part 2 MRCOG, you’ll need to apply to have your training assessed (see below). In order to do so, you will need to register with the RCOG website so a form can be sent to you. Once your training has been assessed and approved, you can apply for the Part 2 MRCOG online. Application is only open for short periods of time: please visit the main Part 2 MRCOG page for information about when you can apply. Any requests for special arrangements during the examination must be submitted before the closing date for applications.
QUESTION：When can I apply for my Part 2 training to be assessed?
ANSWER：You can apply to have your Part 2 training assessed once you have applied for the Part 1 MRCOG exam. Candidates following route A (please see the regulations for details about different routes) need to be in intermediate training (ST3-ST5) at the time of application.
QUESTION：How long will it take to process my Assessment of Training application?
ANSWER：Please allow 8 weeks for your application to be processed. The time is needed to allow for procedures such as application screening, verification of certificates, verification of training posts and authorisation of the final approval letter. If you have still not heard from us within 8 weeks of submitting your application, please email examstraining#rcog.org.uk.
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：When will my entrance ticket me sent to me?
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.
QUESTION：What if I need a visa to get to the exam venue?
ANSWER：The College cannot advise you on this matter. Please contact the relevant consulate for information about any visa requirements before applying for the exam. If you need a letter from the Examination Department confirming your attendance at the exam, please inform us when applying for the exam, and ensure that you apply in good time.
QUESTION：Can I postpone my exam?
ANSWER：The regulations state that candidates who withdraw their application for a particular exam after the closing date, or who fail to appear, shall forfeit the exam fee. The application forms include a reminder of this regulation. This means the College cannot refund your entry fee after an exam’s closing date and your candidature for the exam will remain. The College cannot make changes or transfers of centres after the closing date. If you fail to attend the exam, your entry will not be counted as an attempt. In certain prescribed circumstances, the College does consider refunding the entry fee. If you wish to apply for this, please do so in writing (hard copy, not email or fax) to the Part 2 MRCOG Secretary at the RCOG immediately after the exam you failed to attend, enclosing documentary evidence to support your circumstances.
QUESTION：How is data about my exam dealt with?
ANSWER：Once you have successfully completed your exam, the details of your award from the College, including date, are regarded as ‘public’ information. For candidates in the UK specialty training programme, results will be made available to LETBs/deaneries as well as the GMC. They may also be released to bona fide third-party enquirers (for example, other educational bodies or prospective employers). No information is supplied via the telephone.
QUESTION：How many times can I attempt the Part 2 MRCOG?
ANSWER：Candidates in UK-based training who intend to enter the UK Specialist Register are permitted no more than 6 attempts at the Part 2 MRCOG. Candidates who wish to apply for the Part 2 MRCOG following 6 previous fails need to provide supporting documentation from their Head of School (or equivalent) outlining the exceptional reasons for permitting a further attempt at the exam.