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What do I do if I fail?

Part 1

If you fail Part 1 of the exam, you can book another Part 1 place provided you still meet all the requirements. You can't apply for Part 2 until you've passed Part 1.

From September 2017, you must pass the written and practical parts of the test within a maximum of four attempts at each. Attempts before September 2017 will count towards your total.

The table below helps to explain the changes approaching in September 2017:

Part 1 Before September 2017 After September 2017 
One attempt taken No limit on number of times you can resit All attempts up to this point will count towards a candidate’s total. If you have still only failed the test once, you will have three more attempts left.
Two attempts taken No limit on number of times you can resit All attempts up to this point will count towards a candidate’s total. If you have still only failed the test twice, you will have two more attempts left.
Three attempts taken No limit on number of times you can resit All attempts up to this point will count towards a candidate’s total. If you have failed the test three times, you will have one more attempt left.
Four attempts or more taken No limit on number of times you can resit

You will not be able to take the test again.

To apply for one final attempt, you will need to demonstrate evidence of additional learning over a 12 month period and make an application to the GMC.

Part 2

If you fail Part 2 of the exam, you can book another Part 2 place. From September 2017, candidates must pass both parts of the test within a maximum of four attempts at each. Attempts before September 2017 will count towards your total.

The table below helps to explain the changes approaching in September 2017:

Part 2 Before September 2017  After September 2017 
One attempt taken Three more attempts left Three more attempts left
Two attempts taken Two more attempts left Two more attempts left
Three attempts taken One more attempt left One more attempt left
Four attempts taken Need to re-take Part 1 and pass it first before Part 2 can be taken again

You will not be able to take the test again.

To apply for one final attempt, you will need to demonstrate evidence of additional learning over a 12 month period, and make an application to the GMC. If successful with this application, you will have to sit part 1 again first before taking part 2 one more time.

Time since completed part 1 and passing part 2 3 years 2 years
Time between passing part 2 and gaining registration 3 years 2 years

How do I arrange for my results to be checked?

You can email us if you want your final mark checked or write to us at our Manchester address within 28 days of the date of the results email.

You must submit the current clerical check fee for cheque or postal order made out to the General Medical Council, pay in person by cash, or telephone us to pay by credit or debit card. We will respond within 10 working days of receiving your request.

You will receive the result of the check on your final mark within 10 working days of receiving your fee.

A clerical check of your results does not mean your examination will be remarked and you will not get any additional feedback on your performance. It's a check to make sure that your marks have been transcribed correctly.

How do I appeal my result?

Read our appeals page for information on how to appeal your result.