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COVID-19 and examinations

Because of the ongoing concern for large gatherings and in order to ensure that examinations scheduled for 2020 can go ahead, FPM has received GMC approval to run our examinations online in 2020.

The examination papers have been set as usual but will now be held online with remote invigilation through a company called TestReach. TestReach will support candidates personally in preparation for the taking the exams in the online system.

IMPORTANT: Online exam protocols

The FAQs below apply to all exams in 2020, the Certificate and Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine and the Certificate and Diploma in Human Pharmacology.

They will be updated from time to time to ensure that any further questions are disseminated to all candidates sitting these exams. For any questions not covered by this FAQ please contact us at exams@fpm.org.uk.

Questions about answering the exam questions online

Yes.

Questions about getting ready to take your online exam

It is very useful to try out the system before you sit your examination. Once you have downloaded the TestReach application, you can access a ‘test tutorial’ so you can be familiar with how it feels to answer exam questions in TestReach. You can take this tutorial as many times as you like.

General questions about online exams

We are using the exam papers prepared for the written exams using our usual procedures this year. Instead of writing answers using pen and paper, or in the case of multiple choice, using an MCQ answer sheet, everything is done electronically on a computer. Depending on the questions types, you might be selecting the answer by clicking your mouse or using your keyboard to enter data.