Structure of the Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) What's in the MSRA?

The MSRA is 170 minutes in length and there are 2 component parts - a Professional Dilemmas (PD) paper and a Clinical Problem Solving (CPS) paper.

Time allocated for each paper

The time allocated for each paper is detailed below, including examples of times if you have been awarded additional time in line with the Equality Act 2010 disability accommodation requirements.

Paper Length / time
Normal +25% extra +50% extra
Professional Dilemmas (PD) 95 minutes 122 minutes 146 minutes
Clinical Problem Solving (CPS) 75 minutes 93 minutes 109 minutes

The MSRA is delivered as a single assessment. The 2 papers are independently timed and the time remaining in each paper is denoted by an onscreen countdown timer.

On completion of the Professional Dilemmas paper, there will be an optional 5-minute scheduled break before the Clinical Problem-Solving paper commences. In instances where a break of longer than 5 minutes is taken, the excess time will be automatically taken off the available time for the Clinical Problem-Solving paper when you commence the paper.

Pearson VUE offer a generic demo to aid you in familiarising yourself with the controls and screen layouts in advance of the assessment. This demo can be accessed on the Pearson VUE website.

Revision materials

None of the GP question writers take part in or endorse any preparation courses or books.

The GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) understands that you may wish to revise and prepare for the MSRA with each other in small groups. However, sharing information about the actual assessments is unacceptable and is viewed as unprofessional behaviour.

The MSRA uses many different equated assessment forms and therefore knowledge of questions in one paper will not necessarily benefit others. We would also remind all applicants that entry to GP specialty training is competitive.

Page last reviewed: 25 February 2022

Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) team


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