Results for the OSCE are released two weeks after the examination. You will be alerted of your overall result online and receive a more detailed breakdown of your performance by post.

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Results process

Results are usually released two weeks after the last day of examinations in an OSCE series. This gives the College time to hold an assessment board and check the results carefully to make sure they are accurate. Pass/fail results are released electronically at 9am on the morning of results day. A more detailed breakdown of your performance in individual stations will be sent by first class post on results day.

Results dates can be found on the Exam centres and dates page.

Calculating results

We calculate OSCE results using the Borderline Regression method. The Borderline Regression is a method of standard setting that is used by medical professionals all over the world. It is considered to be the most objective way of setting the standard for practical exams such as OSCEs and is recognised internationally.

To pass the OSCE, you normally need to pass 10 of the 14 OSCE stations and achieve the overall pass mark for the day.

Unlike Stage 1 and Stage 2, we do not give feedback on your OSCE performance. Examiners do not take any notes during the exam, they only complete the mark sheet. Because stations are re-used in future exams, we do not give out details of the objectives for a station.

The Scheme for Registration Handbook and OSCE candidate guidance document below have more detailed information on the final assessment results, including detailed information on how we calculate station scores.


Previous pass rates


No. candidates January 146
No. passes January 96
Pass rate January (%) 66
No. candidates March 67
No. passes March 44
Pass rate March (%) 66



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No. candidates January  136
No. passes January  84
Pass rate January (%)  62
No. candidates March  71
No. passes March  30
Pass rate March (%)  42
No. candidates July 391
No. passes July 294
Pass rate July (%) 75
No. candidates September 304
No. passes September 236
Pass rate September (%) 78
Total entries (2016) 902
Total passed entries (2016) 644
Total pass rate (%) (2016) 71

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No. candidates January  121
No. passes January  74
Pass rate January (%)  61
No. candidates March  63
No. passes March  48
Pass rate March (%)  76
No. candidates July  324
No. passes July  243
Pass rate July (%)  75
No. candidates September  323
No. passes September  253
Pass rate September (%)  78
Total entries (2015)  831
Total passed entries (2015)  618
Total pass rate (%) (2015)  74

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Results FAQs

Getting results

How do I get my results?

Results are initially published in the Member’s area of the College website. Just log in using your username and password. A paper-based results letter is also sent out on results day by first class post.

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What is my membership number?

Your membership number is displayed in your Member area.

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I haven’t received my results letter yet. What do I do?

Results letters are sent out on the day results are published on the College website. They are sent to your registered address. You should receive your hard copy of the results letter in the next couple of days. If you would like to see your results before then, you can check them by logging onto the College website.

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Can I get results over the phone/email?

For privacy reasons, it is College policy not to share results over the phone/by email. Please either log in to the secure College site or wait to receive your results letter in the post.

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Common pass questions

Can I practise now I have passed?

Until you have received your GOC number, you remain a pre-registered optometrist. This means that you cannot do anything additional to what you were allowed to do as a trainee. You must practise under the supervision of your College supervisor.

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When can I join the GOC?

In your pass pack, sent out on results day, there is a GOC application form. If you would like to join immediately, you can download a copy of the form from the GOC website. Just fill that in and post it to the College with payment for your GOC application fee. We will then forward your application and payment to the GOC. If you want to pay by card, you can telephone the GOC directly or there is an option for them to call you back. 

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How do I get a GOC form?

A GOC form has been sent in your Pass Pack which you should receive in the next couple of days. Otherwise, you can download one directly from the GOC website. 

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Where do I send my GOC application form?

Please send your completed form to the College; we have included a stamped addressed envelope in your passpack to do this. Otherwise, send the form to: Education team, College of Optometrists, 42 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NG. 

Do not send it directly to the GOC as they will simply send it back to us for verification. 

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Where do I send my GOC money to?

You can send your payment by cheque to the College with your completed GOC application form. We will forward this on by Special Delivery. If you want to pay by card, you can telephone the GOC directly or there is an option for them to call you back.

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How long does it take to get my GOC number?

This can vary. We recommend you check the GOC website for guidance. 

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Can I join the College today?

Yes, the link to do this is on your results page.

Othweise, we have sent you an application form in your Pass Pack. You should receive this a couple of days after results day. Please send this back to College at your earliest convenience. Please be aware that you receive a discounted membership rate of only £29.87 for your first year if you pay online for your first year.

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Do I send my membership and GOC forms together?

Yes. These will then be processed by the College. 

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Can I get a breakdown of my marks if I’ve passed?

A breakdown of your performance in each station is included with the hard copy of your results sent to your registered address.

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What do I do about indemnity insurance?

We have included a sheet on Professional Indemnity Insurance in your Pass Pack. 

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How do I get on the National Performers List?

You need to visit the National Performers List website and download the application form and guidance notes. This will then tell you exactly what you need to do to fill in the form and complete the documentation and the checks that are required. You will need to provide details of two colleagues who can provide a clinical reference – one of them can be your supervisor. CRB checks can be arranged through a third party provider and details can be found on the AOP’s website.

The NHS England Performers website allows you to apply on the basis of where you are living or where you will be working – you just put in the relevant post code and contact the area team that covers that postcode. However, the address should be one where you can receive postal communications, so an out of date work address might not be ideal. You will probably have to present yourself in person with your application and therefore cannot post it in. You may need to arrange an appointment Page 5 of 9 with the NHS area team to do this – make sure you plan this and take photo ID with you.

Make sure your two clinical referees are happy to be contacted by the NHS area team because this can cause a delay to your application if they are not available. Let the NHS area team know your GOC number as soon as you receive it after successfully completing your scheme for registration.

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Common fail questions

I’ve failed and want to know my breakdown

A detailed breakdown of your marks for each station and overall mark for the day is sent to you with your results letter if you have failed. This should be with you in a couple of days. It is not possible to email you the breakdown on results day

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I want to see my marksheets for the stations

Candidates may request copies of their mark sheets. There is a £10 administration fee for this service. Please look at the sample mark sheet on our website before requesting copies of your mark sheets. The mark sheets do not contain any feedback or details of the objectives for the station. You can view the sample sheet here in the Final Assessment page of the website. If you would like to request your marksheets, contact Adam Shonk at or on 020 7766 4361. 

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Why doesn’t the feedback or the mark sheets show the objectives for each station?

The objectives are the steps you should take to perform the task. If we release the objectives we will be telling you the answers. We re-use OSCE stations several times during the year. It is possible that candidates may be examined on the same station in their re-sit exam. If we released details of the station objectives this would give re- sit candidates an unfair advantage over first time candidates. 

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Can I have written feedback for my OSCE?

Examiners are not asked to provide written feedback on individual candidates. They have 60 seconds between candidates to complete the mark sheets and this time is only used to give a considered mark. For this reason we cannot give detailed feedback on exam performance.

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Can I get a remark?

The only record we have of a candidate's performance in an OSCE is the mark sheet completed by the examiner. For this reason we cannot re-mark the exam. Each sheet is scanned by a computer and carefully checked by eye to make sure our records are correct.

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But I only failed by one mark, can anything be done?

Although disappointing for candidates, we do not change exam marks. 

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How are the results calculated?

We use the borderline regression method of calculating results. Each station has between three and six objectives which candidates are marked against. The examiner will give each candidate a mark between 0 and 4 for each objective. In addition to this the examiner will give a mark between 0 and 5 for the candidate’s overall performance.

The total possible mark for a station is 400. Objectives do not contribute equally to this score: some are more important than others. Each objective is given a percentage weighting depending on how important it is to the task the candidate is trying to complete. For example, a communication station might have four objectives: making a diagnosis, explaining the diagnosis to the patient, choosing an appropriate management plan for that patient and communicating the plan in a professional manner. Because the station focuses on communication the explaining and communicating objectives both contribute 40% of the mark, while the diagnosis and management objectives only contribute 10% each.

The examiner does not know the weightings for the objectives. This compensates for any conscious or unconscious bias the examiner may have.

When the results are processed we multiply the score the examiner gave by the weighting for that objective. So in the example above, if the candidate scored 3 on every objective, the weighted score would be 120 for each of the communication objectives and 30 for the other objectives. This gives a total score of 300 out of 400.

To calculate the pass mark for the station we look at the scores for every candidate who has ever taken that station. We compare the mean station score with the midpoint of the overall grade (0-5) given by the examiners. Plotted on a graph it would look like this:

The point where the two lines meet is the pass mark for the station. This means that the pass mark is set using the average ability of entry-level optometrists as well as examiner judgment.

Borderline regression is a method of standard setting that is used by medical professionals all over the world. It is considered to be the most objective way of setting the standard for practical exams such as OSCEs and is recognised internationally. 

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Am I automatically entered for the next resit?

No. You must complete the OSCE application form. You must also pay for your resit, please see our Fees section for current costs. You must pay for the resit when you apply. We will not release your timetable until the fee has been paid.  


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When is the next resit?

Future examination dates can be found here.

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How many resits have I got left?

The number of resits you have remaining will be stated at the bottom of the results letter sent out on results day. 

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What can I do to prepare for my resit?

Visit the Preparing for the OSCE page for useful tips on revising for the examination.

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Do you have any further questions?