5.4 Preparing for the registration assessment
After each assessment sitting, the board of assessors - who are responsible for setting and assuring the registration assessment - produce feedback about the topics that candidates found difficult. Use the latest feedback documents below to help you prepare for your attempt:
We have published videos mentioned above with worked examples of questions from both papers. We have also produced sample questions for part one and part two. These are not designed to be practice papers, but to help you understand how to answer questions from both papers.
The registration assessment framework sets out the outcomes that will be tested and gives an idea of some of the topics this may cover.
Sometimes there are changes in practice close to the assessment day. You should answer any questions in the assessment as you would in practice on that day. If there has been a change in practice that affects a question after it has been written, this will be considered by the Board of Assessors after the sitting.
Make sure that if you attend any study days, or use any study materials, that they are up to date and reflect the question styles explained in section 5.3.
5.5 Requesting a reasonable adjustment for the registration assessment
If you have a specific need which you feel could disadvantage you when sitting the registration assessment, you can request a ‘reasonable adjustment’ to the assessment conditions. The specific need can be a temporary or permanent one.
You can find out more about requesting an adjustment in our guidance, and if you do feel it’s appropriate for you to request an adjustment you can do this using the form that's included.
When you complete the form to request an adjustment, you must tell us:
- the nature of your specific need
- how this specific need would affect your ability to sit the assessment
- what reasonable adjustment you are requesting and how it will support you during the assessment
You also need to include evidence to support your request. This evidence must be from a doctor or another appropriately qualified person, and must give details of how your specific need would affect you during the assessment. The person providing supporting evidence will need to have read and understood the assessment specification.
It is important that the evidence relates directly to the reasonable adjustment you are requesting.
Your request will be considered by the GPhC’s adjustment panel. This is an independent panel made up of an educational disability specialist and two members of the GPhC board of assessors (which sets and moderates the registration assessment).
If your request for an adjustment is not granted you have the right to appeal the decision. You must do this by the deadline on the key dates page. You can find out more about how to appeal and adjustment decisions in our guidance.
5.6 Making a decision to sit the registration assessment
Am I ‘fit to sit’?
It is very important that you only sit the registration assessment if you are fit to do so. Being ‘fit to sit’ means that you do not know of any reason why your performance would be adversely affected on the day of the assessment.
If you are aware of anything that might affect your performance on the day, you should not sit the assessment – even if it is a difficult decision to make.
You are eligible to withdraw from a sitting at any time up until the chief invigilator's introductory speech at the start of the assessment sitting. Once you have decided to withdraw, you will not be able to attempt the assessment. The invigilator will make it clear in the speech the final point at which you are able to withdraw from the sitting. By staying in the assessment hall after this point, you have declared yourself 'fit to sit'. This means that we will not consider as grounds for an appeal any reason that was known to you before your decision to sit the assessment.
For example, if you entered the assessment hall and sat the assessment after any of the situations below, you would have declared yourself ‘fit to sit’. These would not be considered as grounds for an appeal:
- You were ill the day before the assessment.
- You were ill in the run-up to the sitting.
- You had an accident in the run-up to the sitting.
- You had financial worries in the run-up to the sitting.
- You had personal or relationship problems.
- You had to care for a relative in the run-up to the sitting.
- You were not adequately supported by your tutor.
- You had difficulty finding the venue, arrived flustered and were flustered in the sitting.
If you are not ‘fit to sit'
If you think you might underperform for any reason, you should withdraw and wait for another sitting.
You need to tell us that you want to withdraw from the sitting by five working days after the sitting has taken place at the latest. You must confirm to us that you want to withdraw from a sitting using the withdrawal form.
If you do not confirm that you want to withdraw from a sitting, it will count as one of your assessment attempts. This is set out in section five of the registration assessment regulations.
See the Applying for the registration assessment page on the main website to download the form.
If you don’t feel ready to sit the assessment, you should not sit it. Apply for a later sitting. This is especially true if you have been advised against sitting by a healthcare professional. You can withdraw at any point before the sitting and, if you confirm to us that you have withdrawn, it will not count towards your overall number of attempts. If you decide to sit the assessment again, you must apply as normal and you will not need to pay another entry fee.
The only time that you will not be able to enter for a later sitting is if you are coming to the end of the time limits set out in the criteria for registration as a pharmacist.
Important: You can take three attempts at the registration assessment within the time allowed to apply for registration as a pharmacist. But this time limit may mean that you are not able to attempt the assessment three times.
We recommend that you sit the assessment at the earliest opportunity after you have completed your pre-registration training so that you can attempt the assessment three times within the time limit.
If you experience short term ill health on the day of the assessment and are unable to sit, we would not consider this as grounds for extending your time limit to register. We would only consider an extension if serious illness has interrupted your pre-registration training.
If you are withdrawing due to an interruption in your training as set out in section 1.3, you should apply for an extension, with appropriate evidence.
Submit your application well in advance of the sitting dates, as otherwise we can’t guarantee an outcome before the sitting takes place.
5.7 Nullification requests
If you start the assessment and then have problems during the sitting which significantly affect your performance, you can request that your attempt is ‘nullified’ under the registration assessment regulations that apply to the sitting. You must let an invigilator know as soon as possible if you have problems during the sitting. They will fill in a report form to verify your problem. It is very important that you do not wait until receiving a 'fail' notification before contacting us to tell us anything that has affected your performance.
You must make a nullification request by five working days after the sitting has taken place at the latest. If you want to submit a nullification request, see the Applying for the registration assessment page on the main website to download the form.
If your attempt is nullified, it will not count towards the three attempts you can have to pass the assessment, and you will not find out your result.
The decision to grant the nullification will be made by the board of assessors based on your request, and is not guaranteed to be accepted. They will not know what your marks were.
You cannot request a nullification after you have received your results.
If you decide to sit the assessment again, you must apply as normal and you will need to pay another entry fee.