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Information about the Common Registration Assessment – November 2022

Information about the Common Registration Assessment in November 2022

 

Sitting date

The registration assessment will take place on:

  • Thursday 03 November 2022

Sitting details

The registration assessment regulations set out key information and rules that cover this sitting of the assessment and will be available in the coming weeks.

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.  It will be available in the coming weeks.

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 Autumn?

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 who are eligible to sit must apply directly to the Pharmaceutical Society NI to sit the assessment and cannot apply to the GPhC.   Further information about the application process will be published as soon as possible.

Sitting locations

You will sit the assessment at a BTL test centre in Northern Ireland, using the Surpass online system.

We will provide more information about what you need to do to book an assessment venue as soon as possible.

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.

As not all conditions and specific needs are permanent, GPhC require candidates to request an adjustment for each individual sitting. We do not automatically transfer requests for reasonable adjustments from one sitting to the next.  Therefore, you must submit a separate application with supporting evidence for adjustments for each sitting for which you want to request an adjustment.  This applies even if you withdrew from a previous sitting.

Download the application form and guidance to find out more and apply for a reasonable adjustment.

You must complete and submit your application form by 9am on Wednesday 10 August 2022.  There is no process for dealing with late adjustment requests so you must make sure you submit your application by this deadline.

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

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, split into three sections:

  • Section 1: 45 ‘single-best-answer’ questions
  • Section 2: 45 ‘single-best answer’ questions
  • Section 3: 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.

See the part one example questions

See the 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

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 Autumn Assessment

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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.

As not all conditions and specific needs are permanent, GPhC require candidates to request an adjustment for each individual sitting. We do not automatically transfer requests for reasonable adjustments from one sitting to the next.  Therefore, you must submit a separate application with supporting evidence for adjustments for each sitting for which you want to request an adjustment.  This applies even if you withdrew from a previous sitting.

Download the application form and guidance to find out more and apply for a reasonable adjustment.

You must complete and submit your application form by 9am on Wednesday 10 August 2022.  There is no process for dealing with late adjustment requests so you must make sure you submit your application by this deadline.

Assessment Regulations and Specifications

The registration assessment regulations set out key information and rules that cover this sitting of the assessment and will be available in the coming weeks.

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.  It will be available in the coming weeks.

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

We are pleased to announce that the application portal for the Common Registration Assessment (to be held on Thursday 03 November 2022) will open on 16 August 2022.

Eligibility to sit
Please note that approval to sit the Registration Assessment in the Autumn 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 Autumn 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 November 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 November 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 booking process

Instructions about completing 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 to sit the Registration Assessment

When the portal opens, please complete the application as soon as possible and by 5pm on Friday 02 September 2022.

Before applying, candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the information and documents available on the GPhC 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 user name and password. Your username is the email you used to log into the old members website. If you need to reset your password, use the reset password link on the new 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 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 your application. You will also receive an approval to sit notification after the application deadline and before Friday 16 September 2022.

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) and information about the availability of test centres in Northern Ireland in plenty of time 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 minute guide below:

Must I sit the Registration Assessment in November?
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 in November, and providing you still meet the legal eligibility criteria, please continue to follow the two-step application process described.

Summer 2023 Common Registration Assessment sitting
If you do not meet eligibility criteria to sit the Autumn assessment, you may be eligible to sit the next sitting of the registration assessment which will be in the Summer of 2023. Further information about arrangements for the Summer 2023 Assessment will be published as in due course.

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 regexam@pharmacyregulation.org 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 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

Further information about the BTL assessment centre booking process will be published as soon as possible.

Sitting locations

You will sit the assessment at a BTL test centre in Northern Ireland, using the Surpass online system.

We will provide more information about what you need to do to book an assessment venue as soon as possible.

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

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, split into three sections:

  • Section 1: 45 ‘single-best-answer’ questions
  • Section 2: 45 ‘single-best answer’ questions
  • Section 3: 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.

See the part one example questions

See the 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

Further information about the on the day guidance will be published as soon as possible.

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.

Procedures for Withdrawal, Nullification and Appeals

Further information about the procedures for withdrawal, nullification and appeals will be published as soon as possible.

Results and Registration

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

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