Prepare yourself for the MSRA with these tips.

Take a test tutorial

A generic tutorial is available to allow you to familiarise yourself with the controls and screen layouts in advance – see Pearson VUE or Oriel for details.

Use the medical glossary

A glossary of frequently used terms and a list of abbreviations is available for reference throughout the exam. This is particularly useful for those less familiar with the UK medical system.

Negative marking

Papers are not negatively marked so make sure you answer all the questions. A wrong answer can score more marks than a missed question.

Read carefully

Read the instructions and questions carefully. There may be times when you would like more information to answer questions; you need to give your best answer using the information provided in the question.

Understand the marking

For the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) it is important to bear in mind that answers are marked against a predetermined key, based on a near-miss approach. Your performance on the test as a whole will be used to determine your level of situational judgement.

Try some sample questions

Read the sample questions provided carefully. If you feel you would benefit from revisiting some areas of knowledge or practice in order to be better able to show your capability, then you should do this before the assessment.

Page last reviewed: 17 February 2022

Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) team

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