The specialty certificate examination was developed as a further test of specialist knowledge and is mandatory prior to CCST for all trainees who have commenced specialty training after August 2007. Although not mandatory for those trainees who commenced specialty training prior to August 2007, it is still of value as part of continuous assessment.
The exam itself is composed of 2 papers comprising of 100 questions, each at 3 hours in length and is taken in specific computer centres. The questions are multiple choice, ‘best of five’ style question, as used in the MRCP part 1 and part 2 written papers. The questions are set at an appropriate knowledge level to the trainees and are clinically rich.
I think the questions were very much like the real exam questions.
Excellent resource. Helped me identify gaps in my knowledge, so that I could focus on my studying.
Good topic oriented practice questions with appropriate links for self study. Short and to the point explanation of answers, which is very useful especially when revising.
Honorary Editor: Dr Atul Kalhan MBBS, MD (Delhi University), MD (Cardiff University), MRCP (Diabetes & Endocrinology)
Editor: Dr Preethi Nalla, MBBS, MRCP, Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology
Dr Kalhan has published recent editorials in lipidology and has contributed to a book chapter on neuroendocrine tumours in an oncology textbook. His most recent work is an MCQ revision textbook for SCE exam in Endocrinology and Diabetes, published in February 2015.