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PACES weekly update: 26 October

The following information is correct at the time of writing.

Release of Examination Results

Due to the reintroduction of a number of COVID-19 related restrictions, in some regions within the UK, our staff have had increasingly limited access to our offices. The transfer of marksheets from examination centres to and between the Colleges has also been more challenging. We are therefore taking longer than expected to process examination results and currently are unlikely to be in a position to release results within our original target of 20 working days. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused by this, due to circumstances outside of our control but would want to reassure all candidates that we aim to provide results as soon as we possibly can and we will advise on the precise date shortly.

Application dates for PACES in 2021

We are planning to open applications for PACES in 2021 by mid-November.

Online stations 2 & 4

We are pleased to report that the online stations; 2 & 4, continue to run successfully without any major IT issues. We have had positive feedback from candidates, examiners and surrogate patients who have been involved in these encounters at our early running centres.

MRCP(UK) website

Updated information on the new PACES format is available on the COVID-19 PACES webpage. Initial feedback from the PACES centres which ran in early October is that the mini carousels ran without significant disruption.


We are always keen to receive your feedback. If you have specific queries relating to your exam day please contact the exams office at your College of entry. Visit College addresses and numbers for contact details.

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