There are two parts to the International Induction Programme (IIP) and the Return to Practice (RtP) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) learning needs assessment. Both are designed to assess some of the essential competences outlined in the national person specification and are based around clinical scenarios. Applicants will first be asked to complete a professional dilemmas (PD) paper, followed by a clinical problem solving (CPS) paper.

Assessment are available at locations throughout the UK and in approved sites worldwide. There are now eight sittings throughout the year and dates are listed below.

  • Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 August 2022
     Registration forms must be received from the supporting HEE local office by 24 July 2022
  • Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October 2022
     Registration forms must be received from the supporting HEE local office by 5 September 2022
  • Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November 2022
     Registration forms must be received from the supporting HEE local office by 23 October 2022
  • Thursday 5 and Friday 6 January 2023
     Registration forms must be received from the supporting HEE local office by 5 December 2022
  • Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February 2023
     Registration forms must be received from the supporting HEE local office by 23 January 2023
  • Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 April 2023
     Registration forms must be received from the supporting HEE local office by 6 March 2023

Number of permissible attempts and associated costs

Applicants are permitted a maximum number of four attempts at the MCQ. A successful attempt at the MCQ is valid for a maximum of 12 months from the date of the assessment. 

Visit the Guidelines on Learning Needs Assessment Attempts for further information.

Permitted further attempt at MCQ

Where a candidate has already attained a pass at the CPS MCQ but wishes to attain a higher Band outcome to change the placement recommendation pathway they will be permitted to do so but will be subject to the full LNA fee, if re-sitting both papers MCQ's the fee is £150 if only one paper MCQ then the fee is £75.

Preparation resources for entry assessments

For some information about resources you could use to help prepare for the new International Induction Programme (IIP) and Return to Practice (RtP) learning needs assessments, please read this document. A glossary of terms used in the MCQ is also available.

Registration to take MCQ

MCQ assessment is an online assessment and delivery by Pearson VUE. If you have any queries regarding booking process please contact the Pearson VUE support team:

You should register with the GP NRO as soon as you know you want to undertake an IIP or RtP programme or just need advice about it.

Once registered for the programme the NRO will direct you to the HEE local lead. This may take a little while to organise and to arrange a review appointment with the lead.

Once the NRO have been informed that you will be taking part in the IIP or RtP programme and have approval from the HEE lead you will be granted access to all the on line learning resources.

If you are taking the LNA route you should only book to take the MCQ when you are ready. This may be deferred for up to 12 months from date of initial registration to allow you time to prepare for the assessments. The NRO will review with you your plans at 6 and 12 months to check if you still plan to enter the IIP or RtP programme.

Upon receiving the approved Learning needs assessment form, NRO creates and releases the MCQ booking instructions email to candidates, where candidates makes the booking for the assessment.

Results

The results will be released to the candidates, from their respective HEE local lead within 10 working days; please do not contact National Recruitment office.

Resitting

If unsuccessful and would like to re-take the MCQ exam, candidates need to liaise with their respective HEE local lead and submit approved learning needs assessment registration form to NRO.

Changes to the MCQ

Following the recent review of the IIP and RtP MCQ assessments, some changes have been made which will apply from the August 2018 MCQ sitting onwards:

  1. The minimum passing score has been reduced to 27 and the bandings have been adjusted as follows:

Band

Standardised score range

Interpretation

Band 1

18 and below

Well below the minimum standard required

Band 2

19-26

Below the minimum standard required

Band 3

27-49

Adequate level of performance, may need up to max 6 months WTE

Band 4

50-59

Good level of performance, may need standard induction of about 3 months WTE

Band 5

60 and above

Excellent level of performance, with a mandatory one month Induction placement

  1. Results for the Professional Dilemmas (SJT) MCQ will be given as
    • Fail which is Bands 1 or 2
    • Pass which is Bands 3 to 5
  2. Results for the Clinical Problem Solving MCQ paper will continue to be reported as bands 1 to 5 (Fail = 1 and 2, Pass = Bands 3, 4 and 5)

  3. Candidates who score a band 3 in the CPS MCQ and a pass in the PD (SJT) MCQ may be asked to complete a recommended minimum of 6 months (whole time equivalent) of supervised clinical sessions in General Practice

  4. All Candidates (IELTS 7.5 and above) who score a band 4 or 5 in the CPS MCQ and a pass in the PD (SJT) MCQ may be asked to complete a recommended minimum induction of 3 months (band 4) or one month (band 5)

  5. The number of questions in the CPS MCQ paper has been increased from 86 to 88 and to allow for this the time allocated for the paper has been increased from 65 to 67 minutes

Page last reviewed: 25 July 2022
Next review due: 25 July 2023