Changes to the MRCPCH Part 1 Exam

By Hannah Brown in MRCPCH 1 on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 @ 09:30

The MRCPCH Part 1 Exam is changing.  From January 2010 the MRCPCH 1 will have a slightly different make up of questions, with a full breakdown available on the RCPCH website.

EMQ 12 (up from 9)

MTF 15 (down from 25)

BoF 48 (up from 35)

Multiple true/false questions are being phased out (in line with other Royal College exams such as MRCS), and there will be more emphasis placed on EMQs (extended matching questions) and BoFs (best of fives).  As with all question types, the more you practise them before the exam, the less time you'll need to orientate yourself on the day - so get working your way through PasTest Online for MRCPCH 1, where you can choose the question types you want to revise.

 

Question type

 

 

 

 

 

Each worth

 

 

 

 

 

Number of questions in 2009 exam sittings

 

 

 

 

 

Total marks available

 

 

 

 

 

(% of exam)

 

 

 

 

 

No. of Questions from 1st Jan 2010

 

 

 

 

 

Total marks available

 

 

 

 

 

(% of exam)

 

 

 

 

 

Increase ↑

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease ↓

 

 

 

 

 

Extended Matching Questions

 

 

 

 

 

9 marks

(3 per item)

9

81

(23.4%)

12

108

(28.8%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple True/False

 

 

 

 

 

5 marks

(1 per item)

25

125

(36.1%)

15

75

(20%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of Five

 

 

 

 

 

4 marks

35

140

(40.5%)

48

192

(51.2%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

 

 

 

 

69

346

75

375

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/Examinations/Part-1/Part-1-Structure-and-Specimen-Papers

 

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