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LFOM Written

About LFOM Written

The LFOM Written exam is held once a year and consists of one paper with 100 Single Best Answer questions.

You have three hours to complete the exam.

New for 2021

Please note that the order of the Portfolio and Written components has been reversed, starting in 2021. Candidates must now pass the LFOM Written exam before they are eligible to sit the LFOM Portfolio.

Also note that the LFOM Written exam is being held online, via remote invigilation. Click here for more information about remote invigilation.

Entry requirements

You must

  • hold a medical qualification from a medical school recognised by the World Health Organisation
  • be registered to practice medicine by the relevant body in your home country. You will need to provide evidence of this during the application process
  • have completed Basic Specialist Training or two year's full-time equivalent experience

What to include with your application

There is an online application process for this exam. When you apply you will need to upload

  • A scanned attested copy of your primary medical degree
  • A copy of your CV (must be submitted as a single separate document)
  • Any other relevant documents

If you previously completed an application for an LFOM exam you do not need to upload any documents when you apply for this exam.

Your medical degree can be attested by:

  • An Garda Siochana (Irish police force)
  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • A solicitor/ notary public/ lawyer
  • A Commissioner for oaths
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

Official translations will only be accepted if they have been prepared and/or authenticated by:

  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

Application fee

The fee to sit this exam is €570 in Ireland, or €1,300 if you are taking the exam outside Ireland. The method of payment is credit or debit card, taken at the end of the online application process.

Don't forget, if you're in Ireland you can claim a refund under the HSE Clinical Course and Examination Refund Scheme

LFOM Exam Syllabus

When you're preparing your study plan, make sure to refer to the syllabus for this exam

LFOM Exam Regulations (2019 edition - revised regulations coming soon!)

Please read our exam regulations before you apply

LFOM/MFOM calendar

See dates for LFOM and MFOM exams, including deadlines for completing an online application

Applying for this exam

This exam is held once a year. 

The LFOM exam is now held online, via remote invigilation. Candidates may sit the exam anywhere in the world, provided they have a reliable internet connection. Click here for more information: https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/remote-invigilation/

Applications for the January 2021 exam have now closed. 

Cancellation policy

Before you apply, please read our Cancellation policy

Contact us

We have a dedicated examinations support team in our Dublin headquarters. They are there to guide you through your full exam journey, from application to conferring. They are present at every exam and always happy to answer your questions.

Iain Martel

Team Lead, Examinations

Tel: 01 863 9723