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Pass Standard for PACES 2024/01 Assessment Period

The PACES standard setting group met on Thursday 28 March to agree the pass standards for the 2024/01 assessment period.

This pass standard will apply to candidates sitting in the 2024/01 assessment period.

The group, consisting of representatives from the MRCP(UK) Clinical Examining Board and senior examiners from the three physician colleges, advised by external experts, agreed the pass marks for the seven skills and the overall score candidates will need to achieve in order to pass the examination.

The pass standard for the 2024/01 assessment is outlined in the table below:

SkillPass Mark
A (Physical Examination Skills)16/24
B (Identifying Physical Signs)14/24
C (Clinical Communication Skills)11/16
D (Differential Diagnosis)15/24
E (Clinical Judgement)20/32
F (Managing Patients’ Concerns)10/16
G (Maintaining Patient Welfare)28/32
Overall Pass Mark126/168

Candidates will have to pass all seven skills and achieve a minimum overall score of 126 to pass the examination. This is the same standard that was in place for the 2023/03 assessment period.

Results for candidates who sat in the 2024/01 assessment period will be released in the week commencing 8 April.

The standard will be reviewed again in May 2024 ahead of the 2024/02 assessment period to set the pass marks for that diet and moving forwards. Updated information about the pass marks will be published following this.