2012, Paper 1 SAQs


The pass rate for this paper was 63%, which is roughly average. The examiners have made the following helpful comments:


Seven of the thirty questions had a pass rate of less than 50%. Topics covered by questions with a pass rate of less than 15% included the RIFLE classification of acute kidney injury, evaluation of the Glasgow Coma Score and obesity and nutritional status. There was an apparent lack of understanding of basic principles relating to commonly used tests, scoring systems and items of equipment. As in previous exams, candidates who failed did not answer the questions as asked; did not attempt to answer certain questions or parts of questions; and/or were too narrow in their answer. It appears that candidates do not always read the questions carefully and thoroughly. Candidates who failed the written section passed an average of 14/30 questions compared with candidates scoring > 50% and gaining an invitation to the oral section, passing an average of 23/30 questions.

Weirdly, this time the college reported a pass rate for each individual question, but not the highest mark.