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%.
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.
The MCQ can be attempted a maximum of three 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 three 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.