Preparing for the OSCE

Read through the information in this section and watch the videos of our Head of Examinations to kick start your revision for the final assessment.

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Candidate guidance

The candidate guidance document, which will also be sent to you with your timetable, includes lots of information about the final assessment, including guidance on how to prepare for the OSCE. Reading through this information is a good starting point to your revision:

OSCE candidate guidance

More information about the final assessment, including format, content and what you need to know on the day.


'How to prepare...' videos

The following videos featuring our Head of Examinations are designed to answer the most common questions about preparing for the OSCE, with particualr advice for each of the station types.


Practical stations

Remember to:

  • keep your manual practical skills up to scratch and do not become to reliant on automation
  • make sure you are competent on different models and not just on the equipment in your own practice room
  • practise your indirect ophthalmoscopy technique as this will definitely be a station in the OSCE.


Communication stations

Remember to:

  • communicate correct information clearly; it's not just what you say but also how you say it
  • adapt your communication to the needs to the patient
  • treat the simulated patient as a human being.


Data Interpretation stations

Remember to:

  • take your time to plan your answers, if needed, using the rough paper provided
  • give as much information as you can for each question; the examiner will not ask additional questions or seek clarification
  • answer the questions in a logical and fluent way.


History Taking stations

Remember to:

  • listen to the patient's responses carefully
  • adapt your history taking based on the responses you receive
  • use a range of different question types (opening, closed, probing).


Final top tips