What is the eligibility criteria for the EBGH Examination?

There are no restrictions on taking the EBGH Examination; however, candidates who are Gastroenterology/Hepatology trainees, mostly will sit the examination in their penultimate year of specialist training.

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How soon after applying to sit the EBGH Examination will I receive confirmation of my examination venue?

EBGH Examination Administrators and Pearson VUE will confirm details of the test location at least three weeks before the examination date. Please note that, in the unlikely event that the EBGH Examination Administrators and Pearson VUE are unable to deliver EBGH Examination in the specific location requested, candidates will be offered an alternative location.

Pearson VUE doesn’t recognise my Unique Application Code. What should I do?

Pearson VUE recognises your Unique Application Code in a slightly different format than that which you are used to. If you have a 5-digit UAC, prefix it with EBGH00. A candidate with the UAC 12345 would thus quote “EBGH0012345” to Pearson VUE. If you have a 6-digit UAC, prefix it with EBGHE0. A candidate with the RCP Code 123456 would thus quote “EBGHE0123456” to Pearson VUE. If they still don’t recognise your RCP Code, contact us.

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Examination preparation:

What resources are available to help me prepare for my examination?

Preparation requires a wide breadth of knowledge and you should review what you have learned during your specialist training, and access relevant textbooks, journals, and clinical guidelines. You should also consider the content of the curriculum set out in the Blue Book.

What language is the EBGH Examination in?

The EBGH Examination is in English.

Candidates are advised that in order to be sufficiently prepared to sit the EBGH Examination, their English language ability should be equivalent to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Level 7 in each module. However, candidates do not need to have taken IELTS or any other language examination, to sit the EBGH Examination.

Examination delivery:

Where can I take the EBGH Examination?

The EBGH Examination will be held at Pearson VUE test centres once a year. The examination is run on a supply and demand basis.

You will be able to sit the EBGH Examination in centres in the following countries:

Bosnia and HerzegovinaIsraelSerbia
Czech RepublicLuxembourgSwitzerland

On applying to sit the examination, candidates will be asked to select a country and a city where they would like to sit.

We are then able to send this request to Pearson VUE who will either accommodate you in your first choice of test centre, or offer you a choice of the nearest available test centre.

Are refreshments available at the centres?

No, refreshments are not always available. You are advised to take your own snacks and water. These cannot be taken into the examination room but must be kept in a locker which you can access during the examination.

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How can I pay for the EBGH Examination?

Payment for the EBGH Examination can be made via this website with a credit/debit card only.

During the application process you will be directed to Paypal  and you will then be asked to enter your card details. It is very important that you do not click the 'back' button or close the browser window during the payment process. Doing so will cancel your payment and will cause your application to be incomplete. You would then need to contact us to arrange for us to take the examination fee payment as you will not be able to make additional attempts at paying the examination fee online.

Please do not send cash or cheques, as they will not be accepted.

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What, when, why and who?

What will I receive for passing the EBGH Examination?

You will receive formal confirmation of your results four weeks after the examination date.

Candidates who pass the EBGH Examination will be awarded a certificate stating that they have been successful in the European Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Examination, which is an examination of knowledge.

Candidates are not given the right to add letters or a postnominal after their name.

When will the results for my EBGH Examination be released?

Results are released no more than four weeks after the examination date. Your results notification will include a breakdown of your performance according to the sections of the curriculum in which knowledge was tested.

Please note, results cannot be provided over the telephone.

I am a UK trainee. Can I take the EBGH Examination as part of my approved training programme?

It is not currently possible for the EBGH Examination to count towards the UK Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) for gastroenterology trainees. In order for any examination to count towards the CCT it would first need to go through a formal GMC process for approval.

Who is involved in delivering the EBGH Examination?

The EBGH Examination has been designed in the context of the ESBGH Speciality Training Programme and Curriculum for Gastroenterology and Hepatology - The Blue Book. The examination assesses knowledge in the speciality of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

The European Section and Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology are working in partnership with the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK and the British Society of Gastroenterology to deliver the EBGH Examination. MRCP(UK) Central Office administers the EBGH Examination on behalf of the European Section and Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, which is why references to the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK and the Royal College of Physicians, London (RCP), can be found in the Data Protection Statement and payment confirmation.

How is the pass mark established?

The EBGHE examination is criterion referenced. In advance of the test, the difficulty of each question is considered by a Standard Setting Group, comprising practising Specialist Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists who have participated in setting the EBGHE examination and those who have medical education experience relevant to this process. The standard setters assess the difficulty of the questions against the level of knowledge expected of candidates using a procedure known as the modified Angoff method. All judgements by all standard setters on all questions are then collated into a criterion-referenced pass mark. This pass mark is combined with candidates’ marks by using the Hofstee compromised method which in the end will establish the final pass mark