Sitting the registration assessment in June 2022

All you need to know to apply for and to sit the registration assessment in June 2022

Sitting dates

Sitting details

Eligibility to sit 

Applying to sit the assessment 

Sitting locations 

Requesting a reasonable adjustment

Are you fit to sit?

Preparing to sit the assessment

On the day

Issues during the sitting

Concerns about the sitting

Results and registration

Sitting date

The registration assessment will take place on Wednesday 29 June 2022.

Sitting details

The registration assessment regulations [PDF 245 KB] set out key information and rules that cover this sitting of the assessment. We have also confirmed the list of permitted items [PDF 166 KB] you may have access to during the assessment.

The registration assessment specification [PDF 258 KB] sets out how the assessment will be run, and will help you decide if you need to request a reasonable adjustment.

The registration assessment framework [PDF 265 KB] sets out the outcomes that will be tested and gives an idea of some of the topics this sitting of the assessment may cover.

Eligibility to sit

To sit the June 2022 assessment, you must have completed 39 weeks of training, with a week 39 progress report completed as satisfactory by 11 May 2022, and we must have received a record of this on or before 6 May 2022. If you are due to reach week 39 around or after 6 May, you will be able to complete your progress report from week 37. You and your designated supervisor should have now planned the date your 39-week report will be carried out.

Applying to sit the assessment

If you meet the criteria above, you will be able to apply to sit the assessment through your myGPhC account.

Before you begin
  1. Make sure that you have created your myGPhC account and that you can log in. 
  2. Check that the details showing on your myGPhC account, including your training details, are correct. If your training details have changed since the start of your training, you should have notified us of the changes and will have received an updated training record. If any of the information is not right, complete and send us a change of foundation training details form.

You and your designated supervisor must have completed your 39-week progress report online via myGPhC before you can complete your assessment application.

Important: when using myGPhC, please ensure you and your designated supervisor use an up to date version of an internet browser such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Do not use Internet Explorer as you may experience compatibility issues which prevent you from submitting your progress report.

Step one: myGPhC application 

Complete the online application form available to you through myGPhC from Tuesday 1 March, 2022. To be eligible for the summer assessment you must complete and submit your application by 5.00 pm on Friday 6 May 2022.

As part of your myGPhC application for the assessment, you must:

  • confirm your personal details
  • complete declarations about your application, and your understanding of the assessment process and regulations
  • provide a copy of the photo identification you will use to confirm your identity on the day of the assessment
  • pay the application fee of £182.

If your application meets all of the requirements for assessment entry, you will receive a notification via your myGPhC account confirming that you have been approved to sit the assessment. You will receive this after the application deadline and before Monday 16 May 2022.
If you have not received your confirmation by this date and you believe that you meet all of the entry requirements, please contact our customer contact centre as soon as possible on 020 3713 8000 after this date. 
It is essential that your personal details on myGPhC are correct. It is your responsibility to update your personal details when you are submitting your application as these are the details that will be sent to BTL.

Shortly after applications close, if your application is successful and you are eligible to sit, we will confirm this by email.

Important: This email you receive from us confirms that you are eligible to sit, but not that you are booked to sit the assessment. If you intend to sit, you must book a place.

Step two: BTL assessment booking

Once you have received your notification through myGPhC in May confirming you have been approved to sit, you will need to create an account on the BTL Scheduler system to book your assessment session at a test centre.  

All applicants will receive their confirmation letter through myGPhC at the same time, on Friday 13 May 2022

You will then receive an email , on Tuesday 17 May, 48 hours before booking on the Scheduler system is due to open. This email will include login and password details for you to set up your Scheduler account, but you will not be able to book yet. 

Before 10.00 am on 19 May, you will receive a second email to notify you that booking has opened. You will be able to log on to your account and book your assessment sitting from 10.00 am. 

See the booking guide for help with making your booking 

You can see a list of test centres where you can sit the assessment in the section below. 

Sitting locations

You will sit the assessment at a BTL test centre, using the Surpass online system. 

See a list of test centres 

You will be able to choose your test centre slot, subject to availability. We recommend that you consider a range of centres in case your first choice is not available, and that you book your sitting promptly.

If you are not currently living in the UK, we will not be offering the opportunity sit the assessment outside UK test centres, so you will need to travel to the UK to sit. 

In 2021, we offered the option to sit the assessment remotely outside the UK, to mitigate travel restrictions put in place during the pandemic. We have reviewed the options for sitting the assessment in 2022, taking into account the current travel guidelines, and candidate feedback from the sittings in 2021. As a result, we will require all candidates to sit the assessment at a UK test centre, which will offer the best environment to sit the assessment. We will keep government guidance related to the pandemic under review.

Requesting a reasonable adjustment

If you have a specific need which you feel could disadvantage you when sitting the registration assessment, you can request a ‘reasonable adjustment’. You will need to:

  • identify your condition
  • provide evidence of your diagnosis from a suitably qualified professional
  • tell us what adjustment you consider would mitigate your disadvantage

If you have requested an adjustment for a previous sitting, you will need to apply again if you want to request an adjustment for this sitting, although you may be able to use your medical evidence again.

The deadline for requesting a reasonable adjustment was 5pm on Friday 18 March 2022. There is no process for dealing with late adjustment requests for this sitting.

 

Are you 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 assessment begins.

Withdrawing from the assessment sitting

If you submit an application to sit the registration assessment through myGPhC and then decide that you do not want to sit, you must officially withdraw from the sitting by submitting a Notification of withdrawal form. If you do not, the sitting will count as one of your assessment attempts, and you may not receive a refund of your assessment fee.  

Download the withdrawal form 

See our guide withdrawal, nullifications and appeals

Preparing to sit the assessment

Assessment structure

Part one paper

Part one of the assessment is made up of 40 calculation questions. You will have two hours to complete these, and you will be able to use a calculator.

Part two paper

Part two of the assessment is made up of 120 questions, split into three sections:

  • Section 1: 45 'single-best-answer' questions
  • Section 2: 45 'single-best-answer' questions
  • Section 3: 30 'extended-matching' questions

You will have 2.5 hours to complete these, and you will not be able to use a calculator.

The registration assessment framework [PDF 265 KB]  sets out the outcomes that will be tested and gives an idea of some of the topics this sitting of the assessment may cover.

Example questions

We have prepared a set of example questions for both parts of the assessment. These questions are presented in the Surpass system, which you will use to sit the assessment- so you can familiarise yourself with the system functionality. Use the example questions guide [PDF 392.23 KB] to find out how the system works, and to mark your answers.

See the part one example questions

See the part two example questions

For these example questions, no information about you or your answers will be recorded.

The example questions will time out after one hour, but you can access them again by refreshing your browser or clicking the links above again. You can work through the questions as many times as you like. 

Feedback from previous sittings

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 these feedback documents below to help you prepare for your attempt:

Calculators

You will be able to use calculators in part one of the registration assessment. You can use the on screen calculator, or you can bring your own calculator to the assessment. You must bring one of these models:

  • Sharp EL 240SAB
  • Catiga CD-8185
  • Rebell Panther 8 Desktop Calculator 
  • Aurora HC133 

On the day

See the guide to sitting the assessment in June 2022 [[PDF 355.89 KB] 

This guidance document tells you what to prepare before the assessment, what to expect on the day, and next steps after the assessment. 

Checks on the day of the assessment 

You will need to verify your identity when you sit the assessment, by presenting a valid form of photo identification. The only forms of photo identification BTL will accept on the day are a valid driving licence or passport. 

Important: your identity document must be valid on the day of the assessment or you may not be able to sit. If you do not have any of these forms of ID, please contact us as soon as possible after you have made your BTL booking.

Your name will be verified as part of the identity check at the assessment. 

The name we hold on our records, the one on your application form, and the one on your photo identification must all match. If they do not, you must let us know by completing a Changing your registered name form.

Issues during the sitting

If you run into issues on the day which significantly affect your performance, you can request that your attempt is ‘nullified’. If you want to request that your June 2022 registration assessment sitting is nullified, you must complete and submit a request form by 9.00 am on Monday 11 July 2022. You must email your completed form to regexam@pharmacyregulation.org.

Concerns about the sitting

We have addressed some of the issues and questions candidates have raised about the June 2022 registration assessment below.

We have also seen some misinformation circulating on social media and so have tried to clarify some points where there have been some misunderstandings.

We are continuing to rapidly investigate the issues identified with BTL, which runs the assessment, and their test centre providers, and will update this response after this investigation concludes and the Board of Assessors has completed its review and quality assurance of this sitting.

We also held a listening event to hear candidates’ experiences of the registration assessment and to give an update on the actions we are taking in response to candidates’ feedback. Please have a look at the recording of the webinar which is now available on our YouTube channel.

I sat the assessment and I don’t think the June papers reflected the registration assessment framework, or the sample questions.

Some candidates have raised concerns that in their view the papers did not reflect the assessment framework or sample questions, and that both papers were very challenging.

The Board of Assessors, which sets and quality assures the papers, follows a blueprint, which sets parameters for the numbers of questions included across syllabus areas. This blueprint is the same for all papers and is always followed. All questions are linked to the registration assessment framework without exception. In the registration assessment framework, weightings are assigned to each syllabus area so candidates can judge the proportion of questions there will be on particular topics. Ensuring that topics are covered does not necessarily mean that a question will be set on a specific subject, which is a common misconception by candidates. 

The standard of each question is set by a panel of standard setters, who are all practising pharmacists with current experience of pre-registration trainees and early-years pharmacists.

The board is always careful to provide representative sets of sample questions, while accepting that not every topic included in a paper can be linked to a sample question. The board makes no distinction between sample and live questions, both of which are written by the same people. Also, some of the sample questions have been used before in live papers.

The board has issued comprehensive guidance on the construction of papers in the registration assessment framework[PDF 264.66 KB].

What is the GPhC doing to address allegations of misconduct? 

There have been some reports that some candidates may have cheated or otherwise breached the assessment regulations during the assessment, including reports that some candidates may have:

  • used mobile phones during the sitting
  • used calculators that were not one of the permitted models during Paper 1
  • used calculators during Paper 2
  • copied answers from other candidates’ monitors

All candidates received information in advance setting out the items that are not permitted for use during each part of the registration assessment. We will investigate any allegations that prohibited items were used or that any candidate breached the assessment regulations on an individual basis as part of our misconduct procedures.  

We are also following up some allegations that invigilators in some centres did not conduct  the appropriate checks regarding calculators and mobile phones, both with BTL and invigilators at particular test centres.

We take any allegation of misconduct seriously and are taking forward investigations into a small number of candidates where we have evidence of potential misuse of a mobile phone and a calculator. 

Background noise at test centres

We would expect all candidates to be able to sit the assessment without being disrupted by unacceptable levels of noise. Clearly, it is very difficult to prevent all background noise in test centres, whether from other candidates or from outside the room. 

We explained to candidates in the guide for the sitting sent to them in advance that test centres will provide noise cancelling headphones or earplugs, if they want to use them in case of background noise in or outside the test centre.

We will work with BTL to investigate any claims of unacceptable levels of noise.

What are you doing to help candidates who were affected by issues other than a delay of 30 minutes or more, such as background noise disruption, technical issues such as screens freezing?

Candidates who were disadvantaged by issues other than severe delays, such as major disruption or significant technical issues (for example screens repeatedly freezing or glitching) and are unsuccessful, can appeal on the basis that they experienced a procedural error in the sitting. 

They will need to provide any evidence they have about the issues they experienced, and be specific about how this affected their performance. 

If their appeal is upheld after reviewing the evidence, these candidates will receive a full refund. This sitting also won’t count as one of their attempts. They will also be eligible for provisional registration, if they meet the registration criteria. 

For those candidates who are unsuccessful on this occasion and are nearing the expiry of their eight-year time limit to apply for registration, we will extend this by a further 12 months if their appeal is upheld. 

These are the same actions we have taken for candidates we have identified as experiencing a delay of 30 minutes or more.

See the guidance for unsuccessful candidates and the appeal form in the results and registration section below for more information.

What are the GPhC doing to address the general IT problems candidates faced?

We are conducting a detailed review of all the issues that occurred and the information and feedback candidates have provided is exceptionally helpful for us in terms of addressing issues before November. We are working closely with the provider to understand exactly why these occurred given the extensive testing that was carried out beforehand, so the specific issues can be addressed.

If you fail one part of the assessment, why do you have to resit both?

Although it is split into two papers, the assessment is designed to be sat as a whole and completed in one time-bound sitting. The two papers which make up a sitting are created together and are complimentary, with the standard needed to pass being set across both papers. This means that different part one or part two papers are not interchangeable.

Will the pass mark be lowered for this assessment due to the difficulty of the calculations paper and the technical issues experienced by candidates?

The Board of Assessors, which sets and quality assures the papers, uses an assessment method in which the pass mark is based on the difficulty of papers and can vary between papers. 

This means that if detailed statistical analysis shows that either of the papers are more difficult than the papers in previous years, the pass mark will be lowered to the appropriate level to make sure that the standard across different years is the same. Contrary to some comments seen, there is not a fixed pass mark of 70%.

I’ve seen on social media that you need to get 70% overall to pass the assessment, is this true?

The Board of Assessors uses a contemporary assessment method in which the pass mark is based on the difficulty of papers and may vary between papers. It is not the case that there is a fixed pass mark of 70%.

Can the examination be brought forward so we can take it before November?

There is a lot of work needed in advance of each sitting. Importantly this includes the ability for candidates to apply for reasonable adjustments and have this assessed so that appropriate arrangements (e.g. for sole occupancy rooms in test centres) can be made. We have considered carefully whether it would be possible to bring forward the November sitting or create an additional paper but it is not possible for this to be done given the detailed quality assurance processes in place to ensure the standard is maintained. For this reason, we cannot simply utilise a past paper in is entirety as we know many of these questions have been shared widely after each assessment, even though this is not allowed under the registration assessment regulations.

We are exploring whether in future we can hold more sittings, but this will not be possible before November this year.

I’ve heard on social media that trainees may not have to sit the assessment in future. Is this true?

There have been some claims on social media that trainee pharmacists who join the register from 2026 onwards, and who will be independent prescribers from the point of registration, will not have to sit the registration assessment.

We have committed in our annual plan to update the delivery, content and timing of the registration assessment for pharmacists as part of the reforms to the initial education and training of pharmacists. This work is at an early stage, and we will keep all stakeholders updated and involved as it progresses.  

Results and registration

You will receive your results via your myGPhC on the morning of Friday 29 July 2022. You will receive a notification to check your myGPhC account via the communication preference you selected when you signed up to myGPhC.

If you are planning to join the register after you sit the June 2022 registration assessment, make sure you read the application guidance in the Registering as a pharmacist section of the GPhC website, and the assessment guide above to prepare you for your application.

You can find out more aobout how the papers are marked, and how results are decided on the Assuring the registration assessment page.

If you are unsuccessful at this attempt, you can find out more about next steps, including appealing your results, in our guidance for unsuccessful candidates. [PDF 222K KB]

If you are considering an appeal, read the guidance and complete the Appealing a fail result in the June 2022 registration assessment form. [Word 1.3MB]

Provisional registration

We will offer provisional registration to candidates who are unsuccessful at this sitting provided they meet the eligibility criteria, and either:

  • experienced delays of 30 minutes or more in starting or completing either or both Part 1 and/or Part 2 of the registration assessment due to technical or other IT difficulties (This also includes those who withdrew from the registration assessment on the day due to the start of the assessment being delayed by 30 minutes or more)
  • have their appeal is upheld due to other issues that would constitute procedural error in the conduct of the assessment

We will provide more details as part of the appeal process.

If you are considering provisional registration, we recommend that you discuss this with your employer, and share our guidance for employers on employing provisionally registered pharmacists [PDF 246 KB].