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Pre-Registration Examination System (PRES) Level 2

From January 2016, applicants for registration will not be required to sit the Pre- Registration Examination System (PRES) Level 2, instead applicants will be required to provide documentary evidence, as part of their application, that they have completed an alternative exam which the Medical Council has deemed to be an acceptable equivalent. These applicants will then be made eligible for the PRES Level 3, and will have two years or three attempts from the date they were declared eligible to complete the Level 3 examination.

Accepted Alternative to PRES Level 2 Evidence Required
Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB)  Part 1 A pass will be accepted as valid for the same period considered by the awarding body. Copy of results email
United States Medical Licencing Exam (USMLE) Step 1 and 2 A pass will be accepted as valid for the same period considered by the awarding body. Official examination transcript
Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)  A pass will be accepted as valid for the same period considered by the awarding body. Certified copy of statement of results
Australian Medical Council MCQ (AMC) A pass will be accepted as valid for the same period considered by the awarding body. Copy of AMC results letter and candidate feedback sheet

Booking the PRES Level 2

PRES level 2 eligible candidates will receive an eligibility e-letter from the Medical Council. Candidates can then schedule their own PRES Level 2 exam with the testing company, Prometric in test centres based in Ireland, Pakistan, India and Egypt.

Candidates must pass the PRES Level 2 within two years or three attempts from the date that they are declared eligible to sit the PRES Level 2 or their PRES eligibility will expire. If a candidate is unsuccessful in their PRES Level 2, they must allow six weeks to lapse from the date of their previous attempt before they are eligible to schedule their next PRES Level 2.

The Medical Council does not get involved in the booking/rescheduling/cancelling of the candidate’s PRES Level 2. This is a matter between the candidate and Prometric.

Please refer to the PRES Handbook for further details of the PRES Level 2.

Sitting the PRES Level 2

Candidates should arrive 30 minutes before their exam to allow time for check in procedures. All candidates should ensure they have their valid passport and their eligibility e-letter or letter of authorisation (and admission card if issued with one) from the Medical Council with them when attending the exam.

Prometric provide useful information on their website on ‘What to expect on the day of the exam’, there is also further information available in the PRES Handbook.

Results of the PRES Level 2

PRES Level 2 Exam candidates will receive their results directly from Prometric immediately following their exam.

Successful PRES Level 2 candidates automatically become eligible for the PRES Level 3 and will be contacted by Medical Council Staff with information regarding Level 3 dates and application process when details are available.

Unsuccessful PRES Level 2 candidates may attempt the examination up to a maximum of three times, until they either pass the examination, they fail three times or their two year eligibility period expires. If a candidate is unsuccessful in their PRES Level 2, they must allow six weeks to lapse from their previous attempt before they are eligible to schedule their next exam.

It is not possible to appeal PRES Level 2 results. 

Updating Personal Details

If any personal details (e.g. address, passport number, passport expiry date) change while a candidate is eligible to take the PRES, the candidate should notify the Medical Council as soon as possible by emailing pres@mcirl.ie

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