Final Membership Examination - FAQs for online remote examinations

Please find a list of FAQs below that should answer the majority of queries. We will be updating these regularly and providing more information on how the exam will run as soon as we can.

If you do have other concerns and questions please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing

The MFPH exam will be delivered remotely until April 2022, after which it will return to an in-person format at a specified venue. The sittings scheduled for 2022 are:

15 February 2022 (online)

28 April 2022 (online)

21 September 2022 (planned to be in person at the RCEM in London, subject to COVID-19 restrictions)

30 November 2022 (planned to be in person at the RCP Spine in Liverpool, subject to COVID-19 restrictions)

Further details can be found here.

Anyone looking to sit the MFPH exam must complete the online application form. Once this has been processed the Exams Co-ordinator will contact you to advise the sitting date and provide a payment link. 

The old application form will not be accepted for any future bookings.

We review the CCT date of each applicant and will be prioritising any booking where the registrar has a CCT date within the next 6 months.

The process for marking the Final Membership Exam will remain the same and therefore we do not anticipate that the timeframe for the communication of results will change. Your results will still be provided to you within 10 working days of the exam.

No. As there is a live video conversation involved with the examiners and role players the exam will be at a set time and date. Please make sure you are available when selecting your sitting on the application form.

As is the case for in-person exams, it is vital to be ready to sit the exam at the designated time otherwise your attempt will be invalid.

Yes, please let FPH know if you intend to sit the exam in another country so we can ensure that the necessary requirements are in place.

The online exam can be taken in a setting of the candidate’s choice. This should be a quiet space without interruptions for the duration of the exam.

Online remote invigilation seeks to replicate the in-person circuit experience. Candidates sit the exam remotely at a place of their choosing, such as the home or workplace, using their own PC or laptop. The exam will be invigilated by FPH staff who will observe candidates (through their webcam) during the preparation part of each station to make sure they are only using the materials provided. During the examination part of each station the examiner will be performing invigilation as part of their assessment of your performance.

The exam will use the same timed structure for each online ‘room’ with eight minutes at the preparation and exam stations with a one minute gap between all online ‘rooms’ to allow for transition.

During an online exam headphones are permitted so that candidates can ensure that they are able to clearly hear examiners and the role players.

Yes. Candidates may have a pen, note paper, and highlighter for making their own notes in the preparation time of the exam. They can use these during the examined time for their reference. All notes should be destroyed immediately after the exam.

For any online sitting it will be possible to log into the Practique platform used for the exam and practise the various functions within the system. You will be provided with log-in details prior to the exam.

Regardless of the delivery method used, the structure of the exam remains the same an the exam will be delivered consistently across all formats.

You should prepare for the online exam in the same way as your would have for the in-person exam as the set up will remain the same. As noted above, you will be able to test out how the system works prior to your sitting so that you are comfortable with what to do.

More detailed information will be given to candidates soon regarding equipment needed and instructions for taking the online exam.

We have factored in the possibility of technical issues during our planning for the exam and we provide guidance on this in the information pack sent out to candidates before the exam.

If a candidate’s internet connection fails for less than four minutes during a preparation station, they will be able to reconnect and should inform the invigilator once reconnected. 

On entering the relevant examination station the candidate should inform the examiner of the loss of connectivity. The invigilator for the preparation station will record this as part of their report. If a candidate’s internet connection fails for less than four minutes during the examination time, the examiner will record this as part of their report.

No additional time will be granted for the candidate when the connectivity failure is for less than four minutes.

If a candidate’s internet connection fails for more than four minutes during a preparation station or examination station, then the candidate will have this station discounted, with their marks being taken from the remaining five stations.

Should the issue affect more than one station the exam attempt will be voided.

Further details can be found in the new FPH Exam Regulations (Online) September 2020 which will be shared before the exam.

You will be permitted to leave your laptop/computer to use the bathroom after the briefing session has finished, but before the exam itself starts. You must ensure you are logged into the system by the instructed time. You will also be able to use the bathroom during the preparation stations if necessary. You will need to notify the invigilator you are connected to, and this will be recorded in their report. You will not be given any extra time should you chose to do this. No breaks will be permitted in the examination.

You will need:
• A laptop or PC with screen size at least 12.9 inches (32.8cm) measured diagonally. Ipads, chromebooks, and mobile phones will not be supported. We recommend you fully charge your device and have this connected to mains power.
• Webcam (internal to device or external)
• Microphone and speakers (headphones are permitted).
• Stable internet connection and sufficient bandwidth: 450kbps up and 1.6 Mbps down. Do not use a hot spot connection or a wireless dongle as these will not be sufficient to support the programme.

We will be providing you a link to a ‘systems checker’. This will test if your device meets the minimum requirements.

Further guidance on checking your system can be found here.

You can have a clear bottle/glass of water with you throughout the exam. You may have a small snack in a clear bag on your desk, but this should only be consumed during a preparation station. No food should be eaten during the examination station.

The Faculty routinely asks all exam candidates to provide feedback on all aspects of the exam including the logistics on the day and the questions set. This feedback is then used to further develop the exam as required.

We hope that the FAQs above answer the majority of queries. If you do have other concerns and questions please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing