Structure and Marking

The Final SOE exam is blue printed to the Intermediate Level Curriculum.  Success in the Final Written (in the preceding three years) and the award of the Core Level Training Certificate is required before you can enter the Final SOE.

Structure of the exam

SOE1 - Clinical anaesthesia with linked applied clinical science (normally am), consisting of:

Four clinical short cases each with linked applied clinical science questions.  The sequence is normally, clinical short case 1 followed by science question 1, clinical short case 2 followed by science question 2 etc.  However, in some instances the linked science question will be covered before the clinical short case (e.g. science question 1 followed by clinical short case 1 etc).  This SOE will be in two parts, A and B, taken consecutively, with candidates moving exam floors to sit both parts.  Each part is 26 minutes in duration, comprising of two clinical short cases with linked clinical science questions, as described above, with 13 minutes devoted to each pair of questions. 

 SOE2 - Clinical anaesthesia (normally pm), consisting of:

A two section clinical long case followed by two stand-alone clinical short cases taken in one sitting. This SOE is 36 minutes in duration, comprising of 10 minutes to view clinical material, 13 minutes devoted to a two section clinical long case and 13 minutes devoted to two questions on clinical anaesthesia unrelated to the clinical long case.

Example questions in the new format (to be used from December 2018) can be found on related downloads on the Final SOE candidate resources page.

The marking system

  • Two examiners mark each part of the SOE.  Both mark independently.
  • There are twelve questions, 2 marks are given for a pass, 1 mark for a borderline and 0 marks for a fail performance, giving a maximum score of 48. 
  • The pass mark is determined using standard setting methods approved by the GMC. .
  • The SOE examinations are Pass or Fail.
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