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Common Registration Assessment November 2021

The Pharmaceutical Society NI is pleased to announce that the Common Registration Assessment, in collaboration with the GPhC, will be held on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the information and documents available on the GPhC website including the registration assessment regulations, registration assessment specifications and the process for requesting a reasonable adjustment in the November sitting.

What is the format of the Common Registration Assessment?

The Common Registration Assessment will be computer based and will be delivered at Pearson VUE centres in Northern Ireland.

The assessment will be based on the Registration Assessment Framework and will consist of two parts.  Further information about the assessment format is available on the GPhC website.  A paper-based assessment is not available.

Information about the November 2021 Common Registration Assessment

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Sitting dates

The sitting will take place on:

  • Tuesday 16 November 2021

Sitting details

The registration assessment regulations and the appendix to regulations for remote sittings set out key information and rules that cover this sitting of the assessment.

The registration assessment specification set 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.

Common Registration Assessment Eligibility Requirements (NI Only) 

To be eligible to sit the Common Registration Assessment. you must have successfully completed 45 weeks of our pre-registration training programme (or be in your 45th week of training), having obtained a satisfactory 39-week appraisal.  Further information about eligibility requirements to sit the Common Registration Assessment for NI candidates are available at this link.

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 to do so.  You must, however, first-sit the Registration Assessment within 18 months of completing pre-registration training. 

Applying to sit the Common Registration Assessment 

Please refer to our website (Common Registration Assessment Application Process) for details about how to apply to sit.

Shortly after applications close, if you are eligible to sit, we will confirm this by email.

Important: This confirmation you receive from us does not mean that you will automatically be entered to sit the assessment, even if you are eligible to do so. If you intend to sit, you must book a place through Pearson VUE.

You will receive an email from Pearson VUE shortly after your confirmation email, with information to set up your Pearson VUE account. You will need to book your assessment sitting using this account.

Sitting Locations

You will sit the assessment at a Pearson VUE test centre, using the Pearson online system.  We recommend that you consider a range of centres in case your first choice is not available, and that you choose and book a test centre as soon as possible.

There will be two Pearson VUE test centres available in Northern Ireland at which Pharmaceutical Society NI candidates can sit the November Registration Assessment.

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

  • Belfast Test Centre – 1st floor, 119 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF
  • Ballymena Test Centre – Units 3 & 4 The Tower Centre, Wellington Street, Ballymena BT43 6AH

Sitting the assessment outside the UK

If you are currently living outside the UK and you are eligible to sit the November assessment, you have the option to sit remotely, at the same time as UK candidates and subject to the availability of places.

If you have an overseas address on our records, the GPhC will contact you at the beginning of October to advise you of your options to sit the assessment, the actions you will need to complete, and the deadlines for these. Please ensure your address on the application form is up to date.

As a general rule, if you are living in a country with a time difference of two hours or less from the UK, the GPhC will arrange for you to sit in a test centre near where you live if Pearson VUE can accommodate this. If no centre is available, you will be able to sit the assessment remotely at a location of your choice.

If you are living in a country with over two hours’ time difference from the UK, you will only have the option to sit the assessment remotely, at a suitable location of your choice. To maintain the integrity of the assessment, all candidates taking the assessment remotely will be sitting at the same time as UK candidates.

If you are considering sitting remotely, it’s important to be aware that there are a limited number of slots available, and also potential challenges with sitting remotely.  Please read the section below for more information.

Sitting the assessment remotely rather than in a test centre

Candidates sitting the November assessment will be sitting in a test centre where possible.  However, if you have applied for, and are granted an adjustment to sit remotely via the adjustment panel, or if you are currently living in a country with a time difference of two hours or more from the UK, you will have the option to request to sit the assessment remotely.

However, the GPhC cannot guarantee that they will be able to book a place for every candidate to sit the assessment remotely.  There are a limited number of slots for remote sittings available on Pearson VUE, which are also used by Pearson’s many other clients.

It’s also important to stress the potential challenges you may face if you sit remotely.  A significant number of remote sitters encounter problems with maintaining suitable testing conditions which are quiet and without interruptions, the reliability of technology and internet connections, and sitting during unsociable hours.

These issues are all outside the control of either Pearson VUE or the GPhC, and may mean that you cannot start or complete the assessment.  There is very limited scope to rearrange another time slot for you to sit if you experience issues, due to the requirement for you to sit at the same time as other candidates.

It’s important that you take these issues into consideration when considering the options to sit remotely.

Requesting a reasonable adjustment

Further information about the reasonable adjustment process is available via our website. Applications for reasonable adjustments will close at noon on Monday 06 September 2021.

If you have missed the deadline to make a request for a reasonable adjustment you must make a decision whether you are fit to sit and want to apply for the assessment without these adjustments in place.

There is no process for dealing with late adjustment requests for this sitting.

If you have submitted a reasonable adjustment request, the GPhC will tell you the outcome of your request by Friday 15 October 2021.  The email from the GPhC will be sent from the following email address: adjustments@pharmacyregulation.org.

If you receive the outcome of your adjustment request and want to appeal the decision that has been made, you can do this by completing and submitting an appeal form .

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 withdrawal form.  If you do not, this could lead to you forfeiting one of your attempts at the registration assessment.  You can send the withdrawal form up until five days after the sitting.

The completed form must be emailed to withdrawals@pharmacyregulation.org by Tuesday 23 November 20221.  The GPhC will not accept withdrawals by any other method.

If your withdrawal is confirmed, you will receive a refund of your assessment application fee after the sitting has taken place.

Preparing to sit the assessment

Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the supporting information on the GPhC website about preparing to sit the assessment where you can access information, including tutorials about how to complete the computer-based assessment along with sample questions for Part 1 and Part 2 of the assessment.:

Part 1 example questions 

Part 2 example questions

Answers to the 2021 registration assessment example questions

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:

  • Casio MX-8S-WE (This model is still permitted in the assessment although it is now discontinued)
  • Casio MX 8B-WE / MX-8B
  • Aurora HC133
  • Aurora DT210

ID 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 listed in the Pearson VUE ID policy.  These are the only forms of photo identification Pearson VUE will accept on the day.

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 the listed forms of ID, please contact us as soon as possible at pre-registration@psni.org.uk.

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 application form, 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.

On the day guidance

We will publish guidance about what happens on the day in good time before the sitting.

Requests for reasonable adjustments

NI Candidates who have a specific need which they feel could disadvantage them when sitting the Common Registration Assessment may request a ‘reasonable adjustment’ to the assessment conditions.  NI Candidates who wish to request a reasonable adjustment, however, must apply now through the GPhC process for requesting a reasonable adjustment.

Candidates from Northern Ireland are invited to read the application process for reasonable adjustments carefully and apply at the earliest opportunity.  If you have requested an adjustment for a previous sitting, you will need to apply again if you want to request an adjustment for the sitting in November.  Further information about requesting a reasonable adjustment can be found on the GPhC website.  

Applications for reasonable adjustments will close at noon on Monday 06 September 2021.

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

There is no process for dealing with late adjustment requests for this sitting.

If you have submitted a reasonable adjustment request, the GPhC will tell you the outcome of your request by Friday 15 October 2021.  The email from the GPhC will be sent from the following email address: adjustments@pharmacyregulation.org.

If you receive the outcome of your adjustment request and want to appeal the decision that has been made, you can do this by completing and submitting an appeal form .

Applying to sit the Assessment

We are pleased to announce that the application process for the Common Registration Assessment (to be held on Tuesday 16 November 2021) is now open.

The application process for the November assessment will involve a two-step process as follows:

STEP 1:   Pay the application fee and submit a completed application form

STEP 2:   Complete the Pearson VUE assessment booking process (further information will follow)

To apply to sit the assessment, you must complete both stages of the application process.  At this stage, we are asking you only to complete Step 1 of the application process as soon as possible by submitting an application form and paying the application fee by 5pm on Friday 24 September 2021.  Further information about completing Step 1 of the application process is detailed further below.

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 Friday 12 October 2021.

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 (Pearson VUE assessment booking process) including information about how to set up a Pearson VUE account, information about the availability of assessment centres and how to select an assessment venue.

Eligibility criteria for entry to the November 2021 Common Registration Assessment
To be eligible to sit the registration assessment, you must have successfully completed 45 weeks of our pre-registration programme (or be in your 45th week of training), having obtained a satisfactory 39-week appraisal.  Further information about eligibility requirements to sit the Common Registration Assessment for NI candidates are available at this link.

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 the Common Registration Assessment:

STEP 1: Completing the application to sit the Registration Assessment

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:

  • Go to the Events Section on our website and select ‘Common Registration Assessment 16 November 2021’ then select ‘Register’, complete the details and pay the application fee.
  • Complete and submit the Common Registration Assessment Application Form (fillable PDF form)* and email it to pre-registration@psni.org.uk.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the personal details provided in the application form are correct and up to date as these are the details that will be sent to Pearson VUE.

The above process must be completed by the deadline of 5pm on Friday 24 September 2021.

*Candidates should note that the fillable PDF form must be opened in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to allow completion and requires electronic handwritten signatures.  Instructions on how to sign the document can be found here: How to create a signature.

Before completing the assessment application form, candidates should refer to information below about to how to verify your identity when you sit the assessment.

 If you are not currently living in the UK

Please make sure your postal address on the application form is up to date and shows your current location.  Due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, for this sitting the GPhC will contact those with a non- UK address via email by Tuesday 5 October 2021, to give you more details about the options for sitting the assessment.

Find out more information about sitting the assessment if you are not currently living in the UK and sitting the assessment remotely

Applying for a reasonable adjustment

If you have missed the deadline to make a request for a reasonable adjustment you must make a decision whether you are fit to sit and want to apply for the assessment without these adjustments in place.

If you have submitted a reasonable adjustment request, the GPhC will tell you the outcome of your request by Friday 15 October 2021.  The email from the GPhC will be sent from the following email address: adjustments@pharmacyregulation.org.

Find out more about reasonable adjustments

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.

If you book a test centre appointment on the Pearson VUE booking system, you also will need to cancel your booking on their site too.

You can find more information about withdrawing from a sitting on the dedicated sitting web page.

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 listed in the Pearson VUE ID policy.  These are the only forms of photo identification Pearson VUE will accept on the day.

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 the listed forms of ID, please contact us as soon as possible at pre-registration@psni.org.uk.

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 application form, 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.

More information

Further information about the fit to sit policy for the assessment including processes for nullification of a sitting attempt, withdrawal from the assessment and processes of appeal are available on the GPhC website and assessment regulations.

We will provide additional information about the assessment including FAQs as soon as possible.  If you have any queries regarding this email, please take a look at the dedicated sitting web page.  If you aren’t able to find an answer, you can contact us at pre-registration@psni.org.uk.

Preparing to sit the assessment

Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the supporting information on the GPhC website about preparing to sit the assessment where you can access  information and tutorials including information about how to complete the computer-based assessment along with sample questions for part 1 and part 2 of the assessment.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to sit the registration assessment, you must have successfully completed 45 weeks of our pre-registration programme (or be in your 45th week of training), having obtained a satisfactory 39-week appraisal.  Further information about eligibility requirements to sit the Common Registration Assessment for NI candidates are available at this link.

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 withdrawal form.  If you do not, this could lead to you forfeiting one of your attempts at the registration assessment.  You can send the withdrawal form up until five days after the sitting.

The completed form must be emailed to withdrawals@pharmacyregulation.org by Tuesday 23 November 20221.  The GPhC will not accept withdrawals by any other method.

If your withdrawal is confirmed, you will receive a refund of your assessment application fee after the sitting has taken place.

On the day guidance

Before sitting the upcoming registration assessment make sure that you read the relevant guidance document in full:

See the quick guide to managing issues before, during and after the assessment, using the withdrawal, nullification and appeal processes.  (Pharmaceutical Society NI candidates must follow the GPhC process for withdrawal, nullification and appeal.)

You will also receive information about this from Pearson VUE, and you may find the information on the Helpful resources for test-takers page of the Pearson website useful.  This includes videos of what to expect at a test centre on the day of your assessment.

Release of Results

The Pharmaceutical Society NI will release your assessment results on the morning of Friday 17 December 2021.  Results will be sent to your registered email address.

Registering as a pharmacist

The registration process for trainees who wish to register following the Common Registration Assessment in November 2021 can be found in the Registration section.

About Pearson VUE

The GPhC and the Pharmaceutical Society NI will be working with international assessment company Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing to hold the November 2021 Common Registration Assessment.

Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to online proctoring for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. This currently includes holding assessments for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in Great Britain, the Australian Pharmacy Council and the New Zealand Pharmacy Council.

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