All you need to know to apply for and to sit the registration assessment in November 2021
The sitting will take place on:
The registration assessment specification [PDF 230 KB] set 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 209 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 2021 assessment, we must have received a record of you having completed 39 weeks of training on or before 30 September 2021, 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 using the application form available on myGPhC from Friday 17 September.
Applications will close at 17.00 on Friday 30 September.
Shortly after applications close, if you are eligible to sit, we will confirm this by email.
Important: This confirmation you receive from us does not mean that you will automatically be entered to sit the assessment, even if you are eligible to do so. If you intend to sit, you must book a place through Pearson VUE.
You will receive an email from Pearson VUE shortly after your confirmation email, with information to set up your Pearson VUE account. You will need to book your assessment sitting using this account.
You will sit the assessment at a Pearson Vue test centre, using the Pearson online system. There are over 200 centres across the UK.
As there is a limited capacity at each test centre, we recommend that you consider a range of centres in case your first choice is not available, and that you choose and book a test centre as soon as possible. You will be able to choose from slots on all days, subject to availability.
Sitting the assessment outside the UK
If you are currently living outside the UK and you are eligible to sit the November assessment, you have the option to sit remotely, at the same time as UK candidates and subject to the availability of places.
If you submit your application to sit the November assessment and have an overseas address on our records, we will contact you at the beginning of October to advise you of your options to sit the assessment, the actions you will need to complete, and the deadlines for these. Please make sure you update your address on myGPhC.
As a general rule, if you are living in a country with a time difference of two hours or less from the UK, we will arrange for you to sit in a test centre near where you live if Pearson VUE can accommodate this. If no centre is available, you will be able to sit the assessment remotely at a location of your choice.
If you are living in a country with over two hours’ time difference from the UK, you will only have the option to sit the assessment remotely, at a suitable location of your choice. To maintain the integrity of the assessment, all candidates taking the assessment remotely will be sitting at the same time as UK candidates.
If you are considering sitting remotely, it’s important to be aware that there are a limited number of slots available, and also potential challenges with sitting remotely. Please read the section below for more information.
Sitting the assessment remotely rather than in a test centre
Candidates sitting the July assessment sitting will be sitting in test centre where possible. However, if you have applied for, and are granted an adjustment to sit remotely via the adjustment panel, or if you are currently living in a county with a time difference of two hours or more from the UK, you will have the option to request to sit the assessment remotely.
However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to book a place for every candidate to sit the assessment remotely. There are a limited number of slots for remote sittings available on Pearson VUE, which are also used by Pearson’s many other clients.
It’s also important to stress the potential challenges you may face if you sit remotely. A significant number of remote sitters encounter problems with maintaining suitable testing conditions which are quiet and without interruptions, the reliability of technology and internet connections, and sitting during unsociable hours.
These issues are all outside the control of either Pearson VUE or the GPhC, and may mean that you cannot start or complete the assessment. There is very limited scope to rearrange another time slot for you to sit if you experience issues, due to the requirement for you to sit at the same time as other candidates.
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, and 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. Please read the guidance for more information.
The deadline to submit your reasonable adjustment request has now passed.
See the reasonable adjustments guidance and application form [Word 495.3 KB]
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.
If you decide to withdraw, you must use the withdrawal form to notify us. If you do not, this could lead to you forfeiting one of your attempts at the registration assessment. You can send us your withdrawal form up until five days after the sitting.
Preparing to sit the assessment
Take a look at the tutorial and example questions for part 1 and part 2 in the Pearson online familiarisation tool:
You can also find resources about the questions types, content of the exam and feedback from past sittings in section five of the pre-registration manual.
See the presentation from the webinar we held in February 2021 about the assessment [PDF 1.4 MB], including information on how the online assessment system will look, and work.
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 these models:
- Casio MX-8S-WE (This model is still permitted in the assessment although it is now discontinued)
- Casio MX 8B-WE / MX-8B
- Aurora HC133
- Aurora DT210
On the day
We will publish guidance about what happens on the day in good time before the sitting.
See our quick guide to managing issues before, during and after the asessment [PDF 134.05 KB], using the withdrawal, nullification and appeal processes
You will also receive information about this from Pearson VUE, and you may find the information on the Helpful resources for test-takers page of the Pearson website useful. This includes videos of what to expect at a test centre on the day of your assessment.