180 Multiple Choice Questions for the FRCOphth Part One Examination

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The FRCOphth Part One examination is a mandatory requirement of the OST curriculum and is one of several hurdles that prospective ophthalmologists are required to overcome in the UK. Furthermore succeeding in the examination affords additional portfolio points to prospective ophthalmology trainees; currently having passed the FRCOphth Part One will give applicants to the OST pathway 3 out of a possible 50 points in the portfolio section.

In the years since the COVID-19 pandemic the FRCOPhth Part One is an online proctored examination consisting of two separate 90-minute multiple choice examinations with a 1-hour break between the two sections. It is widely considered to be a very difficult examination with a pass rate of approximately 40% with a score of approximately 60% required to pass. Candidates are examined on basic sciences with the following being the major components: Anatomy, Embryology, Physiology, Optics, Investigations, Epidemiology, Statistics, Genetics, Pathology and Pharmacology. The section which usually contains the most questions on the examination is Optics with 48 out of 176 devoted to this on the most recent examination. For this reason, we have included more questions in the optics section of this textbook than other sections. Below is a breakdown of the representation each subject area received in the most recent examination.

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The FRCOphth Part One examination is a mandatory requirement of the OST curriculum and is one of several hurdles that prospective ophthalmologists are required to overcome in the UK. Furthermore succeeding in the examination affords additional portfolio points to prospective ophthalmology trainees; currently having passed the FRCOphth Part One will give applicants to the OST pathway 3 out of a possible 50 points in the portfolio section.

In the years since the COVID-19 pandemic the FRCOPhth Part One is an online proctored examination consisting of two separate 90-minute multiple choice examinations with a 1-hour break between the two sections. It is widely considered to be a very difficult examination with a pass rate of approximately 40% with a score of approximately 60% required to pass. Candidates are examined on basic sciences with the following being the major components: Anatomy, Embryology, Physiology, Optics, Investigations, Epidemiology, Statistics, Genetics, Pathology and Pharmacology. The section which usually contains the most questions on the examination is Optics with 48 out of 176 devoted to this on the most recent examination. For this reason, we have included more questions in the optics section of this textbook than other sections. Below is a breakdown of the representation each subject area received in the most recent examination.

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