Pass MRCP Part 2 Written in 2018

Happy New Year my dearest readers, hope you had an excellent rest and let’s power on!

Before you read this post, make sure you remind yourself of this post and this one, both of which are packed full of tips targeted towards the new upcoming MRCP Part 2 format.

SpecialtyQuestion NumberPercentage
Cardiology199.5%
Dermatology94.5%
Endocrinology & Metabolic Medicine199.5%
Gastroenterology199.5%
Geriatric Medicine94.5%
Haematology94.5%
Infectious Diseases & GUM199.5%
Neurology178.5%
Nephrology199.5%
Oncology & Palliative Medicine94.5%
Ophthalmology31.5%
Psychiatry31.5%
Respiratory Medicine199.5%
Rheumatology94.5%
Therapeutics & Toxicology189%

The above table illustrates the newest available data on the upcoming MRCP Part 2 exam in diet 1 2018. Compared to the old format there are now 200 questions over six hours instead of 270 questions over nine hours. Overall you’ll be expected to answer 33.3 questions every hour rather than 30, but in exchange it’s only a one day exam instead of the traditional two day marathon.

All in all, the MRCPUK have made a proportional reduction in question numbers across all specialties. For example, in the past the major specialties such as gastroenterology and cardiology commanded a 9.3% presence each in the exam but now they are 9.5% of the exam. Similarly dermatology and haematology were worth 4.8% in the previous version but now are worth 4.5%.

The rule is still identical to when I first started writing on UKdoctoronFIRE – your first priority is to calculate the number of hours you can dedicate to MRCP. If you have 50 days until the exam and can only afford an average of 2 hours per day, your total number of study hours is 100.

As there are 200 marks in MRCP Part 2, you should aim to cover 2 marks for every study hour. Therefore with major specialties like respiratory and renal medicine you’re spending 9.5 hours on each of them but only 1.5 hours on psychiatry. This is regardless whether you feel ready or not, as the key to remember is efficiency and effectiveness. MRCPUK are not looking for experts in neurology even if you can afford 100 hours to study on it alone.

Hope this post helps and keep me updated on your progress 🙂 I should really start revising for my own SCE exam…

If you enjoyed this article make sure you get your own copy of my MRCP Part 1 & 2 Written Guide. In this guide, I explore the above and other concepts such as time allocation and the most preferable resources for the written exams in much more detail.

Alternatively, if you’ve passed the written exams then How to Pass MRCP PACES in 8 Weeks will take you through your next and final hurdle. The reason an entire new guide has been written about this mammoth clinical exam reflects the different skills and attitude you need when tackling MRCP PACES. Instead of simply relying on reading textbooks, you’ll need to utilise a concept called the PACES Triangle to successfully navigate the examiners’ obstacles.



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