October 2021 FFICM VIVA Exam

To book your exam please click **HERE**.

To view further information on the VIVA components please click on the respective links OSCE / SOE

The next FFICM VIVA examination is on Monday 18 October 2021 - Wednesday 20 October 2021. Possibly also Thursday 21 October 2021 - Friday 22 October 2021. The application window for the sitting is now open. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 16 August 2021.


To review the Remote FFICM Examination information please click here

To view the FFICM Exam Regulations please click here


New guidance on number of attempts at FFICM examinations (applicable from August 2020)

In accordance with General Medical Council guidelines on managing examinations during the pandemic, any candidate’s first sitting of an examination in a new online format (online written with remote proctoring or online face-to-face clinical) will not have that attempt counted towards the overall total six attempts if they do not receive a pass.

This temporary change applies to all FFICM examinations between August 2020 and 31 July 2021.


  • if a candidate fails the first attempt of an online proctored MCQ exam, the attempt will not be counted. Subsequent sittings of the same exam will then count towards the total overall number of attempts.
  • if a candidate sits the online face-to-face Final OSCE and SOE and fails one component, the passed component will be held and the failed component will not count as an attempt. Any subsequent resit will count as an attempt.

Please see our separate statement on advice for doctors in training on the new joint website.

The FFICM Final examination can be taken at any point during Stage 2 of the training programme.  Eligibility to sit the FFICM Final examination is a pass in the Primary examination of one of the complementary specialty colleges. The examination comprises three sections: Multiple Choice Question examination (MCQ), Objective Structured Oral Examination (OSCE) and the Structured Oral Examination (SOE).  Candidates must pass the MCQ examination before they can take the OSCE/SOE examinations.  On first attempt, candidates must book both OSCE and SOE components of the examination.

Please click on the boxes below for more information on each section.

Information for candidates sitting the Final MCQ Exam


Information for candidates sitting the Final OSCE Exam


Information for candidates sitting the Final SOE Exam


Example questions from the FFICM Examination question bank