Final exam results
If your final high school exams have been cancelled, RCSI will accept official exam results by the relevant examining body, provided they are available in advance of RCSI’s registration date.
For example, the International Baccalaureate (IB) has confirmed that all IB Diploma examinations scheduled for May 2020 have been cancelled. Students will instead be awarded a diploma based on their coursework to date and the established assessment expertise, rigour and quality control already built into the IB Diploma programme.
The IB intends to release results to universities and schools as planned on 5 July 2020 and RCSI will accept these results for 2020 entry to our Undergraduate degree programmes.
If your end of university examinations move to a pass/fail grading system, RCSI will base a final decision on your full offer status, on a review of your actual grades, predicted grades and academic references submitted to date. You will also need to have passed all pass/fail graded modules.
If your final high school exam results are not available in advance of RCSI’s registration date, we will base a decision on your full offer status on a combination of your predicted grades plus actual grades to date.
If your final high school exams are due to take place after the RCSI registration date and you wish to sit these examinations, we would advise that you request a deferral of your RCSI place to 2021, as soon as you receive confirmation of these dates. Deferral requests based on COVID-19 restrictions, which are outside of the student’s control, will be dealt with by the Admissions Office on a case by case basis. COVID-19-related deferral requests will take priority over requests to defer for other reasons. Please note that RCSI does not offer deferrals to students who simply change their minds in advance of the registration date.
All GEM applicants must present either a competitive MCAT or GAMSAT score in order to be deemed eligible for a GEM offer. We would advise that you reapply for the MCAT as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and plan for 2021 entry to the GEM programme instead.
GEM applicants whose GAMSAT exam has been postponed to an online sitting in May 2020 are still eligible for consideration for 2020 entry to the GEM programme. GAMSAT results will be released in July 2020 and the most competitive applicants will be offered places based on their GAMSAT scores.
At the moment, we advise all Indian nationals who wish to study medicine at RCSI and practice back in India after graduation to sit the NEET exam and secure their certificate of eligibility in advance of commencing the RCSI medicine programme. The NEET exam was originally due to take place on 3 May 2020 and has recently been postponed to the 26 July 2020.
We will continue to monitor news updates on the NEET exam dates for 2020 entry to medical school.
Temporary measures for 2020 as a response to COVID-19
Duolingo English Test
For students impacted by language testing centre closures due to COVID-19, RCSI has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for our 2020 student intake only. The minimum requirement is a DET score of 110. An English language competency interview may be required in conjunction with this.
For students impacted by IELTS testing centre closures due to COVID-19, RCSI has approved the use of the IELTS indicator as a temporary measure for our 2020 student intake only. The minimum requirement is the same as our standard IELTS requirement, an overall indicated score of 6.5 with no individual band (reading, writing, listening and speaking) lower than 6.0.
If you are unable to access either of the above (DET or IELTS Indicator) we will also accept the TOEFL iBT Home Edition, IELCA Home Edition or LanguageCert as a temporary measure for our 2020 student intake only. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the relevant entry requirements.