Book an Exam

Book your place to sit an RCOphth exam. Only exams available for booking can be found here.

IMPORTANT: Please read first the Examinations Terms and Conditions carefully.


Please note that first time applicants must still submit their application BEFORE 5pm on the published closing date. They will then be sent a payment link and payment must be completed BEFORE 5pm the day after the published closing date.

DO NOT complete this application form if your application has previously been accepted or you have sat this exam before. You can register via the ihub booking link on our website where you will be able to log in and pay immediately this is the first time you are completing this application form, please read the instructions carefully, if we receive the incorrect documents, it will delay your application and could result in missing the deadline for applications.This is a 2-step application form:Step 1: You will need to complete the online application form above.Step 2: We will review your application; if your application is approved, you will receive an auto generated payment link after 24 hours via email. This does not mean you will receive a payment link 24 hours after you have submitted your application form.

The deadline for first time applicants to submit an application form is 23:59 on Wednesday (2 days before the closing date), this is to ensure all applications are reviewed and all payments are made before 5pm on the closing date. We recommend all candidates to apply (at least 3 weeks) before the deadline to ensure their documents/application is approved, any later than this jeopardises the chance of your application being approved before the deadline.

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All exams available to book will be listed.

  • If you already have a candidate number with log-in details or have sat the exam previously, you must book your exam here. Please DO NOT use the online application forms above, as these forms are for FIRST-TIME applicants only.

All candidates must hold a medical qualification that is approved by the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom (GMC) or Ireland (IMC) before registering. This does not mean that you need to have a GMC or IMC number in order to be eligible to apply for the exams.

Please also note:

  • Exams close for registration at 5 pm UK time on the closing date, and applications received after this time will not be accepted. Candidates are strongly encouraged not to leave an exam application until the closing date itself. No late applications will be accepted under any circumstances, and no exceptions will be made.
  • Any changes to your details (email address, etc) have to be made not later than 4 weeks prior to the examination, and we cannot take responsibility if these changes are not communicated to us in time
  • We do not confirm receipt of individual exam applications, and candidates will have their applications confirmed soon after the closing date.
  • Please do not use multiple email addresses to complete the application form, as this will delay the approval process. If you have been asked for further documents, please email them to [email protected]

    Refunds policy:

    Candidates withdrawing before the closing date will be given a full refund.

    Candidates withdrawing after the application closing date:

    Duke Elder – No refunds are possible as the £50 admin fee is the same as the £50 exam fee paid.

    Part 1 FRCOphth and Part 2 FRCOphth Written exams – You will only be entitled to a refund if you provide a medical letter. Please note that the refund will be minus a 20% admin charge and there will also be a £50 cancellation fee deducted which is levied by our online exam provider.

    Refraction Certificate and Part 2 FRCOphth Oral exams – You will only be entitled to a refund if you provide a medical letter. Please note that the refund will be minus a 20% admin charge.

    Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery exam – You will only be entitled to a refund if you provide a medical letter. Please note that the refund will be minus a 20% admin charge + £50 fee for the MCQ component.


    Please note that candidate exam confirmations are sent within 10 working days of the closing date to the email address that the candidate registered with. If a candidate has failed to receive their exam confirmation email after this period, then they must contact the exams department immediately. Refunds will not be given if a candidate fails to let the College know in good time that they did not receive their confirmation email.