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Registration Assessment June 2021 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
Must I sit the assessment in June?

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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 achieving your MPharm.

What if I am concerned about my health or safety?

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No-one is compelled to sit this, or any specific assessment and you should only do so if you are fit and well enough.  If you are in any doubt, you should consult with your physician.  You must, however, first-sit the Registration Assessment within 18 months of achieving your MPharm.

What are the eligibility requirements for entry to the Registration Assessment?

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You must have successfully completed 45 weeks of our pre-registration programme (or be in your 45th week of training) as the sole pupil of a tutor, having obtained a satisfactory 39-week appraisal.

How do I apply to sit the assessment?

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Visit our website www.psni.org.uk/events/ and you will see a choice of venues.  Choose a venue and follow the payment instructions.  Once you have registered, you must submit and complete the Registration Assessment Entry Form.  Applications must be received on or before 17:00 on Monday 10 May 2021.

Due to restrictions around social distancing caused by government restrictions, each venue has limited capacity.  If your preferred venue is no longer available, you should choose the next most suitable venue.

Candidates who have been approved for a reasonable adjustment will be contacted directly about arrangements for venues and do not need to register for a venue via the website. Candidates granted a reasonable adjustment will still be required to complete and submit a Registration Assessment Entry Form, after which they will be provided with payment instructions.

What if my preferred venue is not available?

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Due to restrictions around social distancing caused by government restrictions, each venue has limited capacity.  If your venue is no longer available, you should choose the next most suitable venue.

What is the format of the Registration Assessment?

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The Registration Assessment is in two parts. In this sitting, there are two papers:

Part 1, morning, paper of 2 hours; and
Part 2, afternoon, paper of 2.5 hours.

Part 1 contains 40 calculation questions; Part 2 – contains 90 single best answer questions and 30 extended matching questions. You will score one mark for each correct answer; no marks will be deducted for incorrect answers or omissions. Further information about assessment rubric and assessment rules will be published shortly.

The Part 1 paper will begin at 10:00am and the Part 2 paper will begin at 2:00pm.

What may I bring to the venue?

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Due to social distancing restrictions, we are limiting possessions to be brought to the venue to essential items.

Water or non-fizzy drink (labels must be removed from bottles) and food for the breaks and materials needed to complete the assessments (see permitted items list).

You should bring a single small bag or backpack which must be stored in front of your desk at all times and not accessed during the assessments.

No mobile phones, tablets or other communication equipment may be brought to the venue and you are not permitted to wear a smart watch.  Possession of these devices may lead to disqualification from the assessment.

You are only allowed to take the permitted items into the assessment.  This equipment must be placed in a clear plastic bag or clear pencil case.

Candidates may want to bring a packed lunch as there may be limited opening of shops adjacent to venues.

Can I bring additional resources?

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No reference sources may be brought into the sitting by candidates.  A resource pack containing artefacts such as, but not limited to, extracts from BNFs, pictures, charts and Summaries of Product Characteristics, will be provided by the Pharmaceutical Society NI on the day of the sitting.

Can I bring my mobile?

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No mobile phones, smart watches, tablets, or other communication equipment may be brought to the venue.  Possession of any or all of these devices may lead to disqualification from the assessment.

Can I wear a smart watch?

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You are not permitted to wear a smart watch in the assessment.  Possession of a smart watch may lead to disqualification from the assessment.

When will I get my assessment results?

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We are aiming to provide all candidates with their results by the middle of July. Every effort will be made to achieve this target.  We are, however, dependent upon external agencies with whom we are working closely.  We will provide results as soon as they are available.

How will I get my results?

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Examination results will be sent to candidates via their registered email address.

Advice on about what to do if you do not pass the assessment is available using this link.

Do I need to bring PPE to the assessment?

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Hand sanitiser stations will be available at entry and exits points and throughout the assessment venue and will be accessible to candidates.  Protective masks will be provided to candidates and invigilation teams on the day of the assessment.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions and health and safety arrangements, candidates and invigilators will be required to wear a mask during the assessment.

Arrangements are in place for candidates who are exempted from wearing a mask for medical reasons.  To apply for an exemption, candidates must email pre-registration@psni.org.uk, using the subject: Mask Exemption, no later than 17:00 on Monday 10 May 2021 requesting an exemption from wearing a mask providing details of why they are exempted from wearing a mask.

Will the assessment venue operate in line with social distancing requirements?

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Arrangements for social distancing will be strictly observed across all assessment venues with candidates sitting at tables 2 metres apart and clear signage about social distancing will be visible at entry and exit points.  A clear seating plan will be provided to candidates in advance so that they can locate their allocated seat and table.  PPE will be worn by staff and invigilation teams at reception areas and during the assessment.  Enhanced cleaning procedures are in place to ensure that frequently touched surfaces are cleaned before the assessment starts, during the assessment interval and at the end.

Will there be an assessment in the Autumn?

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Yes, further information about arrangements and dates for the Autumn Registration Assessment will follow.