Advice and Resources for MRCP part 1
Books and BOFs (best of five questions) to do for this exam are:
- Essential Revision Notes for MRCP Edition by Philip A. Kalra
- Basic Medical Sciences for MRCP Part 1 (MRCP Study Guides) by Philippa J. Easterbrook
- Passmedicine.com (not free any more, costs 20 pounds for 4 months)
- Emrcp.com (500 mcqs free)
- onexamination.com or pastest or medical masterclass (All paid)
- Another website MCQS.COM is also good for practicing MCQs for MRCP part 1 as well as part 2 written.
- And visit MRCP forum for advice and support
If you have more time:
- Best of Five Questions for MRCP Part 1 (MRCP Study Guides) by Helen Fellows (Highly recommended)
- Multiple Choice Questions: MRCP Part 1 (MRCP Study Guides) by Huw Beynon and K. A. Davies
Read Karla and after you finish a chapter do questions from emrcp.com and passmedicine.com. You can do BOFs (best of five questions) chapter wise. Read explanation given with answers very carefully.
Mrcpass.com has subject-wise teaching notes on the website.
Passmedicine.com gives detailed notes with every answer. They are good basic knowledge. Keep reading them every time you do these question. Repetition is the key to learning these facts. Do Passmedicine as many times as you can, at least 3-4 times
If you have time, read kalra at least three times and make short notes that will help you at end in the final revision.
Read Easterbrook for basic sciences. Basic sciences are very
important for exam: statistics, anatomy physiology, microbiology,
molecular medicine and genetics, etc.
Easterbrook is good for browsing all basic sciences topics. But hard to read on the whole. Neurology dermatomes and nerve roots for reflexes given in this book are great.
Passmedicine.com has >250 questions on basic sciences and plenty on pharmacology.
Do Onexamination.com and Passmedicine.com again and again until you score more than 85%.
How long to prepare for the exam
Depending on on your level of knowledge and your job commitments the preparation time will range from 3 to 6 months.
What the exam is like:
You need to take some identification document, like passport, driver's license, etc., with you to the exam center on the day of the exam.There are two papers with 100 questions each. Pencil, sharpener and rubber eraser are provided. Pay attention to time management, there are 1.8 minutes for each question. Revise the paper if you have time in the end. Mark the answer sheet as you go along solving each question, do not wait till the end of the exam to mark the answers on the answer sheet.
Get registered at mrcpuk.org website and get your RCP code, or you will have difficulty finding your percentage after the exam result comes out.
Appear in the exam to pass, not to check out what the exam is like. Failure whether you are expecting it or not, always gets your morale down. So apply for the exam only when you are confident that you will be fully prepared by the date of the exam.
Work hard, prepare well, put off your hobbies for later, do not panic during the exam and have faith in God.