What is the eligibility criteria for the European Board Examination?

While there are no restrictions on candidates taking the European Board Examination, the examination is aimed at endocrinologists and diabetologists in their penultimate year of specialist training.

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How soon after applying to sit the European Board Examination will I receive confirmation of my examination venue?

European Board Examination Administrators and Pearson VUE will confirm details of the test location at least three weeks before the examination date. Please note that, in the unlikely event that the European Board Examination Administrators and Pearson VUE are unable to deliver European Board Examination in the specific location requested, candidates will be offered an alternative location.

Pearson VUE doesn’t recognise my Unique Application Code. What should I do?

Pearson VUE recognises your Unique Application Code in a slightly different format than that which you are used to. If you have a 5-digit UAC, prefix it with RCP00. A candidate with the UAC 12345 would thus quote “RCP0012345” to Pearson VUE. If you have a 6-digit UAC, prefix it with RCP0. A candidate with the RCP Code 123456 would thus quote “RCP0123456” to Pearson VUE. If they still don’t recognise your RCP Code, contact us.

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Examination preparation:

What resources are available to help me prepare for my examination?

Preparation requires a wide breadth of knowledge and you should review what you have learned during your specialist training, and access relevant textbooks, journals, and clinical guidelines.

What language is the European Board Examination in?

The European Board Examination is in English.

Candidates are advised that in order to be sufficiently prepared to sit the European Board Examination, their English language ability should be equivalent to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Level 7 in each module. Please note that candidates do not need to have taken IELTS or any other language examination to sit the European Board Examination.

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Examination delivery:

Where can I take the European Board Examination?

The European Board Examination will be held at Pearson VUE test centres once a year. The examination is run on a supply and demand basis.

You will be able to sit the European Board Examination in centres in the following countries:

Bosnia and HerzegovinaIrelandSerbia
Czech RepublicLibyaSweden

If you are a Syrian national, due to current sanctions, you will need to provide proof that your primary residence is not Syria. Please contact the European Board Examination administration office for guidance (info@ebeedm.eu)

On applying to sit the examination, candidates will be asked to select a country and a city where they would like to sit.

We are then able to send this request to Pearson VUE who will either accommodate you in your first choice of test centre, or offer you a choice of the nearest available test centre.

Are refreshments available at the centres?

No, refreshments are not always available. You are advised to take your own snacks and water. These cannot be taken into the examination room but must be kept in a locker which you can access during the examination.

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How can I pay for the European Board Examination?

Payment for the European Board Examination can be made via this website with a credit/debit card only.

During the application process you will be directed to Paypal and you will then be asked to enter your card details. It is very important that you do not click the 'back' button or close the browser window during the payment process. Doing so will cancel your payment and will cause your application to be incomplete. You would then need to contact us to arrange for us to take the examination fee payment as you will not be able to make additional attempts at paying the examination fee online.

Please do not send cash or cheques, as they will not be accepted.

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What, when, why and who?

What will I receive for passing the European Board Examination?

You will receive formal confirmation of your results four weeks after the examination date.

Candidates who pass the European Board Examination will be awarded a certificate from ESE and UEMS stating that they have been successful in the European Board Examination in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism which is an examination of knowledge.

Candidates are not given the right to add letters or a postnominal after their name.

When will the results for my European Board Examination be released?

Results are released no more than four weeks after the examination date. Your results notification will include a breakdown of your performance according to the sections of the curriculum in which knowledge was tested.

Please note, results cannot be provided over the telephone.

I am a UK trainee. Can I take the European Board Examination as part of my approved training programme?

It is not currently possible for the European Board Examination to count towards the UK Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) for Endocrinology and Diabetes trainees. UK trainees are not advised to take the European Board Examination, as it is not approved as a knowledge test for the award of the CCT. The requirements for award of CCT for UK Trainees, including passing the Specialty Certificate Examination, are available in the Endocrinology & Diabetes curriculum on the JRCPTB website.

Who is involved in delivering European Board Examination?

The European Board Examination has been designed in the context of the ESE Recommended Curriculum of Specialisation in Clinical Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and UEMS Section of Endocrinology: European Training Requirement for Endocrinology (Definition of endocrinology and outline of the training needs of endocrinologists).

The European Society of Endocrinology and the UEMS Section and Board of Endocrinology are working in partnership with the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, the Society for Endocrinology and the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists to deliver the European Board Examination Examination. MRCP(UK) Central Office administers the European Board Examination Examination on behalf of the European Society of Endocrinology and the UEMS Section and Board of Endocrinology, which is why references to the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK and the Royal College of Physicians, London (RCP), can be found in the Data Protection Statement and payment confirmation.

How is the pass mark established?

The European Board Examination examination is criterion referenced. In advance of the test, the difficulty of each question is considered by a Standard Setting Group, comprising practising Endocrinologists and Diabetologists who have participated in setting the European Board Examination and those who have medical education experience relevant to this process.

The standard setters assess the difficulty of the questions against the level of knowledge expected of candidates using a procedure known as the modified Angoff method. All judgements by all standard setters on all questions are then collated into a criterion-referenced pass mark. This pass mark is combined with candidates’ marks by using the Hofstee compromised method which in the end will establish the final pass mark.