Pre-Registration Examination System (PRES) Frequently Asked Questions

Am I exempt from the PRES examinations?

You may be exempt from the PRES if one of the following refers to you:
(a) I have an equivalent internship which meets the standards for exemption from the PRES as outlined in the Guide to Registration; or,
(b) I have a Higher Qualification listed in Appendix I of the Guide to Registration AND an internship of 12 months which includes 3 months in Medicine and 3 months in Surgery; or,
(c) I have a Higher Qualification listed in Appendix I of the Guide to Registration and have completed 3 years in an accredited training programme.

Is my internship considered equivalent to an Irish internship?

The Medical Council has accepted that internships completed in the following countries are equivalent to an Irish internship:
1. Australia
2. New Zealand 
3. Pakistan – Please note that applicant must have commenced their internship after 31st December 2008 and the rotations comply with the Medical Council’s policy on length of internship and       approved rotations.*
4. South Africa - Please note that applicant must have commenced their internship from 1st July 2006
5. Sudan 
6. Malaysia

What proof of English Language skills do I have to provide?

The minimum accepted Academic IELTS score is an overall band score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.5 for any module, and must be dated within the last two years.

Further information on acceptable evidence of “effective communication skills” is available here.