Sitting the registration assessment in November 2022

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

Results and registration

Sitting date

The registration assessment will take place on Thursday 3 November  2022

Sitting details

The registration assessment regulations [PDF 245KB] set out key information and rules that cover this sitting of the assessment, and will be available in the coming weeks.

The registration assessment specification [PDF 242 KB] set out how the assessment will be run, and will help you decide if you need to request a reasonable adjustment. It will be available in the coming weeks.

The registration assessment framework [PDF 264 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 November 2022 assessment, we must have received a record of you having completed 39 weeks of training on or before 7 September 2022, with a week 39 progress report completed as satisfactory.

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. Applications are now open. 

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 9 August 2022. To be eligible for the autumn assessment you must complete and submit your application by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 7 September 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.

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 Friday 16 September 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.

  • 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.
Step two: BTL assessment booking

Once you have received your notification through myGPhC in September confirming you have been approved to sit, you will be allocated a place at a test centre. You will be able to view the details of your test centre place, on the Scheduler system used by BTL, and you will be able to move your place for a short time.

All applicants will receive their confirmation letter via email on Wednesday 14 September 2022. 

We will provide more specific information about the test centre places with your application confirmation. This information will be on this section of the website and sent to the email address we hold for you.

Shortly after applications close, if you are eligible to sit, we will confirm this by email.

Sitting locations 

You will sit the assessment at a BTL test centre, using the Surpass online system. There are test centres throughout the UK.

We have reserved seats in centres for all candidates approved to sit. You will be able to view and change your place through the Surpass system, subject to availability. 

Find out how to mange your test centre place in our guide [PDF 500 KB]

Check your test centre details in the test centre list  [PDF 280 KB] 

Candidates were allocated places using the address and postcode on their myGPhC record at the time they applied to sit the assessment. All candidates were allocated the closest available test centre to them.

In some cases, this may mean that there is a test centre closer to you than the one to which you have been allocated. This is because the spaces in this centre will have been taken up by other candidates, who would otherwise have had to travel much further than you to another centre.

If you would like to change your test centre location, you will be able to do this using the Scheduler system  from 10.00 am on 22 September until 5.00 pm on 29 September.

Changing location is subject to availability, and this may be limited in many test centres. If you can’t find another test centre you want to move to, your place will remain at the test centre that we have booked for you. 

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.

Download the form and guidance to find out more and apply for a reasonable adjustment [Word 488.48 KB]

You must complete and submit your form by 9.00am on 10 August 2022. There is no process for submitting late adjustments so you must make sure you submit your application by this deadline.

If you have received the outcome of your request and want to appeal, please download and complete the reasonable adjustment appeal form. [PDF 557KB] 

Please make sure you read the guidance information that comes with the form to make sure you complete it correctly. The deadline to submit your adjustment appeal is 9.00 am on Thursday 22 September 2022. 

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  [WORD 1MB]

See our guide to withdrawal, nullifications and appeals [PDF 134 KB]
 

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.

Watch the webinar recording of the Surpass test system walkthrough

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:

June 2022
November 2021
July 2021
March 2021
September 2019
June 2019

Calculators

You will be able to use calculators in part one of the registration assessment. You will need to bring your own calculator to the assessment. You must bring one of the models below, which are currently available to buy:

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

or you can use a calculator model that was previously approved but which is no longer produced. These are included on the permitted items list below.

On the day

See the guide to sitting the assessment in November 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. 

The permitted items list sets out what you will be allowed to keep with you during the assessment.

Check the list [PDF 156 KB]

Watch the webinar recording about the arrangements for sitting the assessment

See the webinar Q&A session about sitting the assessment

As well as the information in the guide to sitting above, here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the sitting.

What will the test centre be like?

We are only using permanent test centres for this sitting, and all centres will have been checked beforehand by both BTL and a GPhC member of staff. You can find out more about your test centre on your scheduler account and from the list of test centres in the Sitting locations section.

Are the candidates with extra time going to be in the same room with other students or separate ones? 

Some candidates with extra time will be sitting in the same room as standard time candidates – so it’s important that you leave the test room quietly and calmly, as there may be candidates still working.

What have you put in place to stop IT issues happening on the day? 

Thorough and additional IT testing will be carried out before assessment day, and there will be enhanced IT support available on the day.

If you have any problems during the assessment, raise your hand to let an invigilator know, and they will resolve the issue. It is essential that you log all incidents with an invigilator on the day so that they can support you, especially if it has impacted your performance. 

I have been granted extra time. How can I check that this has been applied to my booking? 

To check your reasonable adjustment has been applied, log in to your Scheduler account and view your assessment booking card, in the ‘My Bookings’ section. On the top right, there will be a green box with the words ‘Reasonable adjustment’. If you do not have a green box, please contact us. The details of your adjustment aren’t recorded on Scheduler, but they will be the same as set out in your outcome letter.

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. 

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’.

Results and registration

You will receive your results via your myGPhC account on the morning of Tuesday 6 December 2022. There's more infomation about your next steps after receiving your results in the guide to sitting the assessment in November 2022 [PDF 355.89 KB].