Examination format

The EBGH Examination comprises two three-hour multiple choice tests and is delivered in computer-based format (referred to as CBT) at a Pearson VUE test centre. In addition to testing core knowledge and comprehension, the examination also assesses the ability to interpret information and to solve clinical problems.

Question format

Each paper contains 100 multiple choice questions in 'best of five' format. There will be five options - one correct answer and four alternatives to the correct answer. The four distractors will be closely related to the preferred option but less correct, therefore acting as plausible alternatives. The candidate chooses the best answer from the five possible answers. Each correct answer is awarded one mark; there is no negative marking.

Points to remember when taking the examination:

  • mark the answer box carefully
  • skip difficult questions (these can be electronically flagged to go back to)
  • go through those not done second time round
  • answer all questions
  • keep checking the clock (100 questions in 3 hours).

Examples of a practice test are available here. It is recommended that candidates familiarise themselves with this demonstration tutorial.

Computer-based testing

CBT is a method of presenting tests where the responses are electronically recorded via a computer. The results are also electronically stored and assessed.

The examination is delivered on a computer terminal at an invigilated Pearson VUE test centre. The candidates sit at a computer work station using a mouse and keyboard to choose the answers. Before the test starts, candidates complete a brief tutorial on screen to ensure that they know how to record their answers and scroll through the questions.

Tests are downloaded to each centre on the examination day. Given that the assessment is available on a single day, the start times are staggered internationally to ensure security.