Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Applicant statistics and timetable

This section is updated following each Aptitude Test or when a new one opens

(Updated 20/05/19)  

A) Tests taken 

Over the 42 months between December 2015 and May 2019, there has been 69 Aptitude Tests with 2,886 applicants, 2,246 female and 640 male.

  • Summary 2015: One Aptitude Test with 22 applicants, giving an average per calendar month of 22 applicants
  • Summary 2016: 17 Aptitude Tests with 604 applicants, giving an average per calendar month of 50 applicants
  • Summary 2017: 20 Aptitude Tests with 888 applicants, giving an average per calendar month of 74 applicants
  • Summary 2018: 20 Aptitude Tests with 864 applicants, giving an average per calendar month of 72 applicants
  • Summary 2019: January to May: 11 Aptitude Tests with 508 applicants, giving an average per calendar month of 101 applicants.

B) Future Tests

48 applicants invited to a future OSCE test: 1st attempt

14 applicant invited to a future OSCE test: 2nd/final attempt 

311 applicants invited to one of six future theory tests (June to 24 August): 1st attempt

0 applicant invited to a future theory test: 2nd/final attempt.

C) Timetable

When one Aptitude Test closes, the next one opens. An Aptitude Test typically opens approximately 3.5 months in advance to afford time to obtain all of the necessary documentation (AWS Letter of Approval; NMBI CRC; Entry Visa). The Aptitude Test currently open is for Saturday 24 August 2019, which will close on 07/06/19 or when the maximum number is reached, whichever is the sooner. 

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Number Theory Practical Repeat Practical Test status at 20/05/19
76  14/09/19 

21/09/19

22/09/19 

To be confirmed Will open when previous test closes 
75  24/08/19

31/08/19

01/09/19 

To be confirmed  Application open 
74 17/08/19  24/08/19
25/08/19 
To be confirmed  Application closed
73  20/07/19       

27/07/19

28/07/19 

To be confirmed  Application closed
72  06/07/19     13/07/19
14/07/19 
To be confirmed Application closed
71  15/06/19  22/06/19
23/06/19 
06/07/19 Application closed
70 08/06/19 15/06/19
16/06/19
06/07/19  Application closed
69  19/05/19 25/05/19
26/05/19
08/06/19

Test in progress

68 12/05/19 18/05/19
19/05/19
08/06/19 Test in progress

Special requests

RCSI has, to date, not experienced any capacity or timing issues regarding the Aptitude Test and is delighted to note that all requests from employers, agents and applicants, for a specific test, have been met. Applicants are afforded the opportunity to postpone or prepone the test date if needed.

If you need to change your Aptitude Test date, click here.

D) Countries of Training

Applications have been received from the following 30 countries of training:

  • Australia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Rep
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Saint Vincent and Grenadines
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan
  • UAE
  • USA
  • Zimbabwe

E) Results sent to the NMBI

Over the 42 months between December 2015 and May 2019, 2,824 applicants completed the Aptitude Test and their results (pass or fail on 1st or 2nd attempt) were forwarded to the NMBI. The average number submitted per calendar month was 67. An applicant is allowed two attempts at both parts of the Aptitude Test and the average outcome for the OSCEs is as follows:

  • First attempt: Pass 75%; Fail 25%
  • Second attempt: Pass 86%; Fail 14%