Sitting the registration assessment in November 2021

All you need to know to apply for and to sit the registration assessment in November 2021

Sitting dates

The sitting will take place on:

  • Tuesday 16 November 2021

Sitting details

The registration assessment regulations [PDF 310 KB] and the appendix to regualtions for remote sittings [PDF 227 KB] set out key information and rules that cover this sitting of the assessment.

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 when it is available on myGPhC.

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.

Sitting locations

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.

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.

You must submit your application form by noon on Monday 6 September 2021.

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.

See the reasonable adjustments guidance and application form for more information [Word 495.3 KB].

There is no process for dealing with late adjustment requests for this sitting.

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 which will be available in good time before the sitting for more information.

If you receive the outcome of your adjustment request and want to appeal the decision that has been made, you can do this by completing and submitting an appeal form.

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.

If your withdrawal is confirmed, you will receive a refund of your assessment application fee after the sitting has taken place.

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:

Part 1 example questions 

Part 2 example questions

Answers to the 2021 registration assessment example questions  [PDF 179 KB]

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.