Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) overview Taking the MSRA

The Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) is a computer-based assessment. It assess essential competences in the Person Specification through clinical scenarios.

This guidance outlines the requirements for successful completion of the MSRA for recruitment to GP training for posts commencing in August 2022 and February 2023.

The MSRA is delivered in partnership with Work Psychology Group and Pearson VUE. 

If you are applying for a different postgraduate medical specialty

This guidance is for GP training recruitment only.

The MRSA is utilised by several postgraduate medical specialties. Each specialty considers the MRSA differently as part of its selection process.

You'll find guidance about taking the MSRA for different specialties on the relevant national recruitment page.

Sitting the MSRA

All new applicants who apply to become a GP for the first time in the current recruitment year are required to sit the MSRA.

The recruitment year commences in November 2021 and concludes in October 2022. The posts commence between August 2022 and February 2023.

There are no exceptions or exemptions to this requirement unless you had a successful GP application in the 2021-22 recruitment year and opt to formally transfer your selection outcomes to your 2022-23 GP application at the point of application.

Important: Important

The MSRA will be delivered at Pearson VUE assessment centres.

A remote testing provision will be in place as a reasonable adjustment for those who are isolating/shielding in line with government or public health guidance due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This also extends to where local or national coronavirus lockdown measures prevent access to an assessment centre due to site closures or travel restrictions.

Page last reviewed: 21 February 2022
Next review due: 21 February 2023

Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) team


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