What can you expect on the day?

When should you arrive?

When your exam is confirmed we will tell you what time to arrive. If you are sitting your exam outside the UK you will receive this information from the British Council along with details of the venue. If you are more than half an hour late, you will not be allowed to enter the examination room. You will not be allowed to leave the room in the first or last half hour of the examination.

You can expect to be at the examination centre for at least four hours.

What should you bring with you?


Bring proof of identification with you. We accept any one of the following.

  • Passport
  • UK Immigration and Nationality Department identification document
  • Home Office travel document
  • UK driving licence
  • EU identity card

If you don't have one of the above you can take the exam but you'll need to provide your identification document or evidence of change of name later in the process.

Booking confirmation

Bring the booking confirmation that includes your GMC reference number.

If the name on your identification document is different from that on the booking confirmation from the GMC or British Council, you must bring with you original evidence that you are the person named in that letter. We will accept:

  • marriage certificate
  • a declaration from the awarding body which granted your primary medical qualification, stating that both names relate to you.


You should bring HB pencils, an eraser and a pencil sharpener.

Other items

You may bring a bottle of water in a clear bottle with all labels removed, one or two items of fruit to snack on, medications and a basic ordinary analogue watch or digital watch (excluding smart watches) to the exam. This must be kept in your pocket or on your desk. Candidates are reminded that the weather in the UK can become very cold during the winter months. You may take a jumper/cardigan in with you.

What shouldn't you bring?

You don't need to bring the following into the exam:

  • a calculator or any other equipment.
  • coats, bags, telephones or other electronic devices such as smartwatches

There are no waiting areas for family and friends. They will not be allowed in to the venue under any circumstance.

What do you do if you are unwell at the exam?

By presenting yourself for the exam, you deem yourself fit to be assessed. Should this change at any point you must tell an invigilator immediately. Please remember that if you do not declare any illness or issues, this cannot be taken into account once the exam has finished.

If you are taken ill at an exam, it will not count as an attempt.

What conduct is expected during the exam?

You should familiarise yourself with the misconduct procedures before attending the exam.