Top Tips for Passing the MRCP Part 1
The MRCP Part 1 is the first written exam in a three part exam to become a Member of the Royal College of Physicians
There are two papers. Each is 3 hours in duration and contains 100 multiple choice questions
It can be taken once you have 12 months experience in employment once graduating medical school
It is essential that you have completed all three parts to continue specialty training in the UK
There is plenty of information on the official website for the MRCP
Get a question bank
Questions, questions, questions! Try to do as many as you can before the exam
There are a handful of question banks out there – PassMedicine is our preferred bank but they will all have trial questions that you can try
It is not just about doing the questions – but learning from them.
Get something wrong? Write it down and revise the topic
Don’t waste your time writing reams and reams of notes – this is not an effective way to learn
Instead, write down the wrong answers and test yourself using flash cards or online apps like Quizlet
Repeat each topic over set time periods such as 1 day, 1 week, 1 month to ensure lasting knowledge
Schedule your time
Know when the date of the exam is
There are typically 4 sittings/diets per year. This should hopefully allow you a time where you are less busy to study
Typically it takes 2-4 months to study for this. This is obviously very dependent on how much time you can put in per day or week and how much previous knowledge you have. The strongest candidates are typically those who have most recently done their med school exams. So, sit this one as soon as you can!
Each year the MRCP offer a few full practice exams to do. Make sure to do these before the exam. They will have the full 100 questions per paper so you can see how you are for timing.
The link is below
Game day! Tips for the big day!
Try to relax – the hard work is done now
Make sure your enivronment is comfortable if you are doing it online
If you are doing it at a centre, give your plenty of time to get there on the day. Remember to bring the write documentation and ID. Bring snacks and water.
Author Augustus Diaz