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

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:

  • 90 'single-best-answer' questions
  • 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

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.
 

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.