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Common Registration Assessments in 2022

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The GPhC and Pharmaceutical Society NI will run two sittings in 2022, as was the case before the pandemic.  The next sitting will be in June 2022.

Information about the Common Registration Assessment in June 2022

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Sitting date

The registration assessment will take place on:

  • Wednesday 29 June 2022

Sitting details

The registration assessment regulations set out key information and rules that cover this sitting of the assessment. We have also confirmed the list of permitted items  you may have access to during the assessment.

The registration assessment specification sets out how the assessment will be run, and will help you decide if you need to request a reasonable adjustment.

The registration assessment framework sets out the outcomes that will be tested and gives an idea of some of the topics this sitting of the assessment may cover.

Eligibility to sit

Pharmaceutical Society NI trainees shall be eligible to sit the Common Registration Assessment after completion of not less than 45 weeks of satisfactory foundation training having obtained a satisfactory 39 week appraisal report from their Educational Supervisor.

Further information about eligibility requirements to sit the Common Registration Assessment for NI candidates is available at this link.

Must I sit the Registration Assessment in the Summer?

No-one is compelled to sit this or any specific assessment. You should only sit the Registration Assessment when you are fully prepared and fit to do so. You must, however, first-sit the Registration Assessment within 18 months of completing the foundation training year.

Applying to sit the assessment

Pharmaceutical Society NI candidates eligible to sit must apply to the Pharmaceutical Society NI to sit the 2022 summer assessment.   Please refer to the ‘Applying to sit the Assessment’ tab further down this page.

Sitting locations

You will sit the assessment at a BTL test centre, using the Surpass online system in Northern Ireland. We will provide more information about test centre locations in good time before booking opens.
You will be able to choose your test centre slot, subject to availability. We recommend that you consider a range of centres in case your first choice is not available, and that you book your sitting promptly.

Requesting a reasonable adjustment

If you have a specific need which you feel could disadvantage you when sitting the registration assessment, you can request a ‘reasonable adjustment’. You will need to:

  • identify your condition
  • provide evidence of your diagnosis from a suitably qualified professional
  • tell us what adjustment you consider would mitigate your disadvantage

If you have requested an adjustment for a previous sitting, you will need to apply again if you want to request an adjustment for this sitting, although you may be able to use your medical evidence again.

The deadline for requesting a reasonable adjustment is 5pm on Friday 18 March 2022. There is no process for dealing with late adjustment requests for this sitting, so please make sure you read the guidance and collect your evidence as soon as possible, so you can submit your application in good time.

See the guidance and application form to request a reasonable adjustment 

Are you fit to sit?

It is very important that you only sit the registration assessment if you are fit to do so.  Being ‘fit to sit’ means that you do not know of any reason why your performance would be adversely affected on the day of the assessment.

If you are aware of anything that might affect your performance on the day, you should not sit the assessment – even if it is a difficult decision to make.  You are eligible to withdraw from a sitting at any time up until the assessment begins.

Preparing to sit the assessment

Assessment structure

The assessment will be via an online format at assessment centres.  There will be no paper assessment available.

Part one paper

Part one of the assessment is made up of 40 calculation questions.  You will have two hours to complete these, and you will be able to use a calculator.

Part two paper

Part two of the assessment is made up of 120 questions:

  • 90 ‘single-best-answer’ questions
  • 30 ‘extended-matching’ questions

You will have 2.5 hours to complete these, and you will not be able to use a calculator.

The registration assessment framework sets out the outcomes that will be tested and gives an idea of some of the topics this sitting of the assessment may cover.

Example questions

We will provide example questions for both papers in the coming weeks.

There will also be a test tool for you to familiarise yourself with the online assessment in the Surpass system- we will link to it in this section and let you know when it is available.

Feedback from previous sittings

After each assessment sitting, the board of assessors – who are responsible for setting and assuring the registration assessment – produce feedback about the topics that candidates found difficult. Use these feedback documents below to help you prepare for your attempt:

Calculators

You will be able to use calculators in part one of the registration assessment. You will need to bring your own calculator to the assessment. You must bring one of these models:

  • Sharp EL 240SAB
  • Catiga CD-8185
  • Rebell Panther 8 Desktop Calculator
  • Aurora HC133

On the day

We will provide guidance documents and information on sitting the assessment in good time before the sitting.  Make sure you read these in full.

Results and registration

You will receive your results via the email address that you originally registered with Pharmaceutical Society NI.  We will provide more information in good time for you to consider your next steps after sitting the assessment.

Requesting a reasonable adjustment for the Summer Assessment

If you have a specific need which you feel could disadvantage you when sitting the registration assessment, you can request a ‘reasonable adjustment’. You will need to:

  • identify your condition
  • provide evidence of your diagnosis from a suitably qualified professional
  • tell us what adjustment you consider would mitigate your disadvantage

If you have requested an adjustment for a previous sitting, you will need to apply again if you want to request an adjustment for this sitting, although you may be able to use your medical evidence again.

The deadline for requesting a reasonable adjustment is 5pm on Friday 18 March 2022. There is no process for dealing with late adjustment requests for this sitting, so please make sure you read the guidance and collect your evidence as soon as possible, so you can submit your application in good time.

See the guidance and application form to request a reasonable adjustment 

Assessment Regulations and Specifications

The registration assessment regulations set out key information and rules that cover this sitting of the assessment. We have also confirmed the list of permitted items  you may have access to during the assessment.

The registration assessment specification sets out how the assessment will be run, and will help you decide if you need to request a reasonable adjustment.

The registration assessment framework sets out the outcomes that will be tested and gives an idea of some of the topics this sitting of the assessment may cover.

Assuring the Registration Assessment

To make sure that each registration assessment is consistent, the question papers are set and moderated by an appointed body, the Board of Assessors.  All decisions about questions, papers, candidates and pass marks are made by the board.

Further information can be found via the link below:

www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist-foundation-training-scheme/registration-assessment/assuring-registration-assessment

Eligibility requirements

Pharmaceutical Society NI trainees shall be eligible to sit the Common Registration Assessment after completion of not less than 45 weeks of satisfactory foundation training having obtained a satisfactory 39 week appraisal report from their Educational Supervisor.

Further information about eligibility requirements to sit the Common Registration Assessment for NI candidates is available at this link.

Step 1: Applying to sit the Assessment

Following previous communication, we are pleased to announce that the application portal for the Common Registration Assessment (to be held on Wednesday 29 June 2022) will open on Wednesday 13 April 2022.

Eligibility to sit

Please note that approval to sit the registration assessment in the summer is subject to the Pharmaceutical Society NI receiving confirmation from NICPLD that you will have met the legal eligibility requirements to sit, in full, by the time of the summer registration assessment (this includes achieving satisfactory 39-week appraisal and having completed not less than 45 weeks of training).  If we receive confirmation from NICPLD that you have not met the eligibility requirements, you will not be permitted to sit the assessment.

Therefore, you should only apply if it is anticipated that you will meet the legal eligibility requirements by the date of the June assessment.  If you have any enquires about whether or not you are likely to be eligible, please contact NICPLD.  Further information about eligibility criteria is available via this link.

Applying to sit

To apply to sit the June 2022 assessment you must complete both stages of the application process.

STEP 1:   Complete the application through the Pharmaceutical Society NI Portal

STEP 2:   Complete the BTL assessment centre booking process

Instructions about how to complete the Step 1 process including when we will send you further information about how to complete Step 2 (BTL assessment centre booking process) is described below.

 

STEP 1: Completing the application through the Pharmaceutical Society NI Portal

When the portal opens, please complete the application as soon as possible and by 5pm on Friday 29 April 2022.

Before applying, candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the information and documents available on the PSNI website including the registration assessment regulations and registration assessment specifications.

Candidates should follow the process outlined below:

  • Visit portal.psni.org.uk and log in with your Membership online username and password. Your username is the email you used to log into the members website.  If you need to reset your password, use the reset password link on the portal log in page and follow the instructions.
  • On your portal homepage you can see the personal information we hold for you, a payments tab and an applications tab.
  • If NICPLD have confirmed you will be eligible to sit the CRA, you will be able to access the application on the applications tab. If you are not eligible you will not have access to the application.
  • Complete and submit the Common Registration Assessment Application Form
  • Pay the assessment application fee (£174)

If your application meets all of the requirements for assessment entry, you will receive a notification by email from the Pharmaceutical Society NI confirming that you have been approved to sit the assessment.  You will receive this approval notification after the application deadline and before Monday 16 May 2022.

At that stage, we will provide further information in your approval notification about what you need to do to complete Step 2 of the application process (BTL assessment centre booking process).  We will also provide more information about the availability of test centres in Northern Ireland and how to book your place with your application confirmation, and before the booking process opens on the BTL system.

Before completing the assessment application, candidates should refer to information below about to how to verify your identity when you sit the assessment.  A supporting video is available, please watch the 1 min guide below on how to log into portal.psni.org.uk/Account/Login and complete your application for the Common Registration Assessment:

Must I sit the Registration Assessment in June?

No-one is compelled to sit this or any specific assessment.  You should only sit the Registration Assessment when you are fully prepared and fit to do so.  You must, however, first-sit the Registration Assessment within 18 months of completing your pre-registration training.

Applying to sit for a second or third attempt at the assessment

If you are applying to sit the registration assessment at a second or third attempt this summer, and providing you still meet the legal eligibility criteria, please continue to follow the two-step application process described.

Autumn 2022 Common Registration Assessment sitting

If you do not meet eligibility criteria to sit the summer assessment, you may be eligible to sit the next sitting of the registration assessment will take place on Thursday 03 November 2022.  Further information about arrangements for the Autumn Assessment will be published as soon as possible.

Deciding not to sit the assessment after you have applied

If you submit an application to sit the registration assessment and then decide that you do not want to sit, you must officially withdraw from the sitting by submitting a Notification of Withdrawal Form.  If you do not, the sitting will count as one of your assessment attempts, and you may not receive a refund of your assessment fee.  Further information about how to withdraw will be provided in due course.

Identity checks on the day of the assessment

You will need to verify your identity when you sit the assessment, by presenting a valid form of photo identification.  The only forms of photo identification BTL will accept on the day are a valid driving licence or passport.

Important: your identity document must be valid on the day of the assessment, or you may not be able to sit the assessment.  If you do not have any of these forms of ID, please contact us as soon as possible at pre-registration@psni.org.uk after you have made your BTL booking.

The name we hold on our records (you can check this via the ‘Search the Register’ facility on our website), the one on your PSNI application, and the one on your photo identification must all match.  If they do not, you must let us know as soon as possible by email at pre-registration@psni.org.uk.

Step 2: Complete the BTL assessment centre booking process

Once you have received your confirmation of approval to sit the assessment, you will need to create an account on the BTL Scheduler system to book your assessment session at a test centre.

You will receive a welcome email from BTL on Tuesday 17 May 2022, 48 hours before the BTL Scheduler system is due to open.  This email will include login and password details for you to set up your BTL Scheduler account, but you will not be able to book yet.

Before 10.00 am on Thursday 19 May 2022, you will receive a second email to notify you that booking has opened.  You will be able to log on to your account and book your assessment sitting from 10.00 am.

The booking system will close Thursday 26 May 2022.

Assessment centre booking guide

If you have any issues please email regexam@pharmacyregulation.org.

Sitting locations

The location of the two Northern Ireland assessment centres is as follows:

  • Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast – The Gasworks, 3 Cromac Place, Ormeau Road Belfast BT7 2JB
  • Clayton Hotel Belfast – 22 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT2 8HS

You will be able to choose your assessment centre slot, subject to availability.  We recommend that you choose and book a test centre as soon as possible when the booking window opens.

See a full list of test centres 

Are you fit to sit?

It is very important that you only sit the registration assessment if you are fit to do so.  Being ‘fit to sit’ means that you do not know of any reason why your performance would be adversely affected on the day of the assessment.

If you are aware of anything that might affect your performance on the day, you should not sit the assessment – even if it is a difficult decision to make.  You are eligible to withdraw from a sitting at any time up until the assessment begins.

If you decide to withdraw, you must notify the GPhC using the Notification of withdrawal form.  If you do not, this could lead to you forfeiting one of your attempts at the registration assessment.

Preparing to sit the Assessment

Assessment structure

Part one paper

Part one of the assessment is made up of 40 calculation questions.  You will have two hours to complete these, and you will be able to use a calculator.

Part two paper

Part two of the assessment is made up of 120 questions:

  • 90 ‘single-best-answer’ questions
  • 30 ‘extended-matching’ questions

You will have 2.5 hours to complete these, and you will not be able to use a calculator.

The registration assessment framework sets out the outcomes that will be tested and gives an idea of some of the topics this sitting of the assessment may cover.

Example Questions

We have prepared a set of example questions for both parts of the assessment. These questions are presented in the Surpass system, which you will use to sit the assessment- so you can familiarise yourself with the system functionality. Use the example questions guide to find out how the system works, and to mark your answers.

Part one example questions

Part two example questions

For these example questions, no information about you or your answers will be recorded.

The example questions will time out after one hour, but you can access them again by refreshing your browser or clicking the links above again. You can work through the questions as many times as you like.

Feedback from previous sittings

After each assessment sitting, the Board of Assessors – who are responsible for setting and assuring the registration assessment – produce feedback about the topics that candidates found difficult. Use these feedback documents below to help you prepare for your attempt:

Calculators

You will be able to use calculators in part one of the registration assessment. You will need to bring your own calculator to the assessment. You must bring one of these models:

  • Sharp EL 240SAB
  • Catiga CD-8185
  • Rebell Panther 8 Desktop Calculator
  • Aurora HC133
On the day guidance

Guide to sitting the assessment in June 2022

This guidance document tells you what to prepare before the assessment, what to expect on the day, and next steps after the assessment.

Identity checks on the day of the assessment

You will need to verify your identity when you sit the assessment, by presenting a valid form of photo identification.  The only forms of photo identification BTL will accept on the day are a valid driving licence or passport.

Important: your identity document must be valid on the day of the assessment, or you may not be able to sit the assessment.  If you do not have any of these forms of ID, please contact us as soon as possible at pre-registration@psni.org.uk after you have made your BTL booking.

Your name will be verified as part of the identity check at the assessment.

The name we hold on our records (you can check this via the ‘Search the Register’ facility on our website), the one on your PSNI application, and the one on your photo identification must all match.  If they do not, you must let us know as soon as possible by email at pre-registration@psni.org.uk.

 

Results and Registration

You will receive your results via the email address that you originally registered with Pharmaceutical Society NI on 29 July 2022.

We will provide more information about the arrangements and timelines for registration as soon as possible and in good time for you to consider your next steps after sitting the assessment.

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