The MCQ is an online multiple choice questionnaire. It must be taken under supervised test conditions. Candidates have 1 hour to attempt 60 multiple-choice questions. It is based largely on lesion recognition and management of a case. The current pass mark is 60%.
For bowel scope accreditation, the MCQ can be taken (supervised) anytime within 6 weeks of the DOPS/DOPyS assessment, and no more than 1 week after the DOPS/DOPyS assessment. The MCQ should be taken at the candidate’s own screening centre if attempted prior to the assessment date. The third attempt at the MCQ must be made on the same day, or after the DOPS assessment to ensure this does not result in the assessment being cancelled at short notice.
For colonoscopy, the MCQ can only be taken at a colonoscopy assessment centre and it must be taken on the same day as the DOPS/DOPyS assessment. All further attempts at the MCQ must also be taken at a colonoscopy assessment centre, although it can be a centre which is closer to the candidate. This can be arranged with the help of the SAAS team.
The MCQ can be attempted a maximum of 3 times within 12 months from the date of the first
assessment. To allow for reflection and improvement between attempts, the candidate must leave 2 weeks between attempts. If a candidate does not pass the MCQ in 3 attempts, they are required to wait until 12 months have elapsed from the first attempt and will be required to reapply for the programme in full and resit both the DOPS assessment and the MCQ exam.