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There are four sections to the Final FRCA examination: a 90 question MCQ paper; a three hour SAQ paper; a fifty minute ‘Clinical Anaesthesia’ Viva and a thirty minute ‘Clinical Science’ Viva. Each is evaluated using a four point close-marking system. 2+ is awarded for a good pass; 2 for a pass; 1+ a fail; and 1 is a poor fail. In order to pass overall, a candidate must score 2,2,2,1+ or better and must attempt all the short questions. Thus, relative success is required in all parts of the examination.
The MCQ Three hours are allowed for the multiple choice paper. This equates to approximately two minutes per question. An enormous amount of mystique surrounds the MCQ, partly because the College does not release past examples of questions. So what is the best strategy to ensure success? First and foremost it is a test of breadth of knowledge. Each paper poses 450 individual problems in the form of 90 questions with 5 parts. No other form of examination is able to cover such ground within the time constraints of a three hour sifting. Thus, the primary aim must be to cover the syllabus which is freely available from the College and forms the basis of this book. Arguments against an MCQ examination system are that it fails to differentiate between rote learning and conceptual appreciation.

It has been claimed that the MCQ assessment itself generates cohorts of candidates who have learned to perform well in that particular style of examination, failing in its intended role of assessing competence. Whilst it is true that an examination should transparently reflect the abilities of the candidate without prejudicing those not versed with the system of examination, the reality of the situation is that practice of the technique undoubtedly improves performance. On the other hand the College claims to make every effort to validate each portion of the examination by retrospectively streaming each year group and examining the performance of each band on every question. Those questions that have poor discriminating power or a tendency to invert the groupings are withdrawn. Consistency between year groups is maintained by the use of tried and tested moderator questions that allow inter-year comparisons to be made before defining the cut-off point between success and failure within an exam group. Thus, it is hoped that each candidates performance is assessed objectively, independently and without bias. So what does this mean in terms of technique? Firstly there can be no predetermined pass mark, or for that matter a predetermined pass ratio, since each year group is examined against past year groups. This means that a calculated approach based on number of questions answered correctly is fundamentally flawed. One should attempt as many questions as possible to ensure the maximum chance of success. But what of guessing? The College employs a negative marking system which reduces the potential benefits of guessing] Thus if

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