RCPI » New Exams Policies 

Can I transfer to another sitting of an examination?

Yes, you can defer your exam sitting at any stage prior to the exam date without having to provide a reason, there is no limit on having many deferrals you do. If you request it after the application closing date there is a fee payable of €100 to transfer to the next exam, there is no fee if you transfer before the closing date of applications. This policy is only for written exams.

In extenuating circumstances the fee may be waived, you must write to the Examinations Manager to request this along with supporting documents.

RCPI Cancellation Policy

Candidates will now be permitted to request a deferral of a written examination to a later date at any time prior to the date of the exam. There is no limit on the number of such requests, and no reason for the request needs to be provided. There is a fee of €100 payable for each deferral. This new policy does not apply to clinical or oral exams.


Deferrals: Written Exams Once applications have closed for a written exam, you may request a deferral of your application and fee to the next available sitting of the exam. Such a request may be made at any time prior to the exam. An administrative fee of €100 will be charged to complete the deferral. The fee must be paid within 30 calendar days of the deferral request, or the deferral will be canceled and the examination fee will be forfeit.


RCPI Reasonable Adjustments Policy for Exams

This policy has been updated to clarify the need for candidates requesting adjustments, due to a disability or otherwise, to notify the Exams Department of the request at the time of application. Candidates are responsible for having an up-to-date assessment available to accompany their request.


RCPI Exams Appeals Policy

The steps through which an appeal passes have been modified to streamline the process. Candidates’ responsibility to bring any irregularity or complaint to the attention of Exams staff at the earliest opportunity has been emphasised, and the limits of the permissible grounds for an appeal clarified.