GPhC announces pass rates for June 2019 registration assessment

The GPhC has announced a pass rate of 72% for those taking the June 2019 registration assessment.

There were 2942 candidates who sat our registration assessment on 27 June 2019, with 2128 candidates who passed the assessment; a pass rate of 72.3%.

There were 2677 candidates who sat the assessment for the first time; 148 for the second time and 117 for the third time.

Pre-registration trainee pharmacists are permitted three attempts at the registration assessment. The full analysis from the June 2019 registration assessment will be discussed by Council in September.   

GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin said:

“Congratulations to the trainees who passed this year’s summer registration assessment. I want to wish them well for their future careers and also acknowledge the hard work of tutors and education and training providers in helping trainees prepare for this important step.

“Each assessment is carefully set so that only the candidates who demonstrate the required knowledge and understanding can pass and be eligible to join the register. By only registering those who pass this challenging assessment, we can provide assurance to patients and the public that the pharmacists on our register can practise safely and effectively.”

Further information and statistics

June 2019 pass mark per paper 

  • The pass requirement for part 1 was 26 questions out of 40 questions
  • The pass requirement for part 2 was 85 questions out of 119 questions

In order to pass, candidates must pass both papers in the same sitting.

June 2019 summary statistics

Candidate numbers Number % of total
Total number of candidates 2942 100%
Number of first sitting candidates 2677 91.0%
Number of second sitting candidates 148 5.0%
Number of third sitting candidates 117 4.0%
Candidate performance – pass rates Number % of total
Overall pass 2128 72.3%
Overall fail 814 27.7%
First sitting candidates - pass 2018 75.4%
Second sitting candidates - pass 56 37.8%
Third sitting candidates - pass 54 46.2%


June Registration Assessment results 2011-2019

*Pass rates are rounded to the nearest whole number

Registration year Total # sitting Total # passing Pass rate
2019 2942 2128 72%
2018 2942 2318 79%
2017 2823 2208 78%
2016 2804 2672 95%
2015 2811 2077 74%
2014 2552 2175 85%
2013 2579 1999 78%
2012 2475 2342 95%
2011 2357 2015 86%

Quality Assuring the registration assessment

The Registration Assessment papers are developed by experienced pharmacists and assessment experts. Questions are written by practising pharmacists, then the standard of each question is set by standards setters, all of whom are practising pharmacists with current knowledge of pre-registration trainees and/or recently registered pharmacists.

Papers are then set by an appointed body of pharmacists and assessment experts, the Board of Assessors. Without exception, all questions and papers are mapped on to the GPhC’s Registration Assessment Framework to ensure they reflect the practice of a day 1 pharmacist.

After a sitting, the performance of all questions and papers as a whole are analysed and, using statistical methods applied across health professional examinations, the pass mark for each paper is confirmed and candidates are awarded passes or fails. Candidates who pass both papers pass overall.

Further information on how papers are created and marked can be found on the registration assessment pages of our website.