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The FRCEM Primary

The FRCEM Primary examination is a single, three-hour multiple-choice question paper comprised of 180 SBAQs, or single best-answer questions.


UK Foundation Programme trainees may sit the FRCEM Primary during their first Foundation Year. Those who sit the FRCEM Primary before entering a GMC-approved Emergency Medicine training programme, however, should re-enter the training programme within seven years of their pass date, or the accreditation will expire.

The exam is conducted in IELTS Level 7 English, and follows the following format of 180 questions within six sub-categories:

FRCEM Primary Examination Dates

Whilst dates are known to vary slightly year-on-year, and checking well ahead of the event is recommended, below are the dates for the next FRCEM Primary examination period.

Application Opening DateApplication Closing DateExamination DateResults Date
1 August 201824 August 20185 December 201816 January 2019

Centres: London, Ireland, Edinburgh, Leeds, Cardiff, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Singapore, and Oman.


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