Pass Rates for the MRCPsych Exam

Pass rates for MRCPsych Part I (2004-2007)

MRCPsych Part I Pass Rates 2000-2007

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Interestingly, over the last 6 years the overall pass rate for the clinical exam/ OSCE shows a slow decline whilst the pass rate for the written exam is increasing. The significance of this is unclear.

As most people will be aware, the format of the clinical exam changed significantly with the introduction of the OSCE exam in Autumn 2003. The College have always denied that a normative approach to marking applied with the OSCE. This may be the case, but the overall pass rate for the clinical exam did not change appreciably with the move from normative-based assessment to criterion-based assessment. Details of how this was achieved are not available.

MRCPsych Part I Exam Pass Rates (1999-2007)

Session Part I Clinical Exam (%) Part I Written Exam (%) Overall Pass Rate (%)
1999 Spring
-
-
45.2%
1999 Autumn
-
-
39.8%
2000 Spring
72.1%
60.9%
44.0%
2000 Autumn
75.0%
57.5%
43.1%
2001 Spring
73.3%
57.9%
42.5%
2001 Autumn
81.8%
55.9%
43.2%
2002 Spring
76.4%
57.2%
43.6%
2002 Autumn
72.5%
57.4%
41.6%
2003 Spring
75.3%
57.3%
42.0%
2003 Autumn
77.6%
57.8%
45.8%
2004 Spring
76.2%
60.1%
45.8%
2004 Autumn
77.3%
63.4%
49.0%
2005 Spring
70.5%
64.0%
44.8%
2005 Autumn
74.4%
61.2%
45.3%
2006 Spring
72.5%
61.9%
44.4%
2006 Autumn
70.2%
62.6%
43.7%
2007 Spring
70.5%
63.4%
44.3%
2007 Autumn
65.4%
64.6%
41.9%

Detailed breakdown of pass rates for clinical exams (Part I and Part II)

Autumn 2005

Spring 2006
Autumn 2006
Spring 2007
Autumn 2007
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
Part I OSCE
Sitting
503
495
517
457
347
Pass
374
74.35%
359
72.53%
363
70.21%
322
70.46%
227
65.42%
1st Attempt
304
81.28%
288
80.22%
200
55.10%
142
44.10%
168
52.17%
2nd Attempt
59
15.78%
51
14.21%
85
23.42%
89
27.64%
27
8.39%
3rd Attempt
7
1.87%
12
3.34%
45
12.40%
41
12.73%
16
4.97%
More than 3rd Attempt
4
1.07%
8
2.23%
33
9.09%
50
15.53%
16
4.97%
Part II Clinical
Sitting
546
605
582
575
516
Pass
301
55.13%
377
62.31%
335
57.56%
371
64.52%
276
53.49%
1st Attempt
143
47.51%
214
56.76%
188
56.12%
203
54.72%
122
32.88%
2nd Attempt
91
30.23%
76
20.16%
84
25.07%
72
19.41%
72
19.41%
3rd Attempt
35
11.63%
54
14.32%
36
10.75%
43
11.59%
38
10.24%
4th Attempt
13
4.32%
13
3.45%
14
4.18%
20
5.39%
20
5.39%
More than 4th Attempt
19
6.31%
20
5.31%
13
3.88%
33
8.89%
24
6.47%

Sources

  1. Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Reviews 1999-2005 (not available online).
  2. Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Review 2006.
  3. Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Review 2007.
  4. Sauer, J., Hodges, B., Santhouse, A., et al (2005) The OSCE Has Landed: One Small Step for British Psychiatry? Academic Psychiatry, 29, 310-315.
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