Autumn registration assessment pass rate rises to 66%

The 66% overall 2023 pass rate is the second highest of the past five years of the autumn registration assessment.
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The pass rate in the autumn 2023 registration assessment has increased by ten percentage points to 66% since autumn 2022, when the pass rate was 56%.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which published the results of the autumn registration assessment on 5 December 2023, reported that 700 out of 1,067 candidates passed the assessment on 2 November 2023.

Of candidates taking the exam, 500 were first-time sitters, who achieved a pass rate of 61% (303). The 457 people sitting the assessment for the second time achieved a pass rate of 72% (329), while the 85 people taking the exam for a third time achieved a pass rate of 59% (50).

The 66% overall 2023 pass rate is the second highest of the past five years of autumn sittings of the registration assessment. The highest was 69% in 2020 and the lowest was 56% in 2022.

Mark Voce, director of education and standards, commented: “There will be candidates who unfortunately did not pass the assessment. If this is the case, the information on our website outlines all the possible options of what to do next. 

“There is also advice available from the independent charity, Pharmacist Support, who can offer help with wellbeing and mental health, as well as practical support.”

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society posted its congratulations to successful candidates on X (formerly Twitter). It said: “If you didn’t get the results you wanted today, we’re here for you.⁠ If you’re worried and want to talk to someone about your options, contact us on 0207 572 2737 or email⁠”

The pass rate for candidates sitting the summer 2023 registration assessment for pharmacists was 77%, a slight drop compared with the 80% of candidates who passed the assessment in summer 2022.

Last updated
The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, December 2023, Vol 311, No 7980;311(7980)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2023.1.203852

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