PRE-REGistration examination system(pres) ireland medical council
PRES LEVEL 1
All applicants for Registration as a doctor in Ireland, will be required to undergo a Level 1 assessment and verification of their documentation .Level 1 consists of submission of an application form, fee and required documentation for assessment and verification by the Medical Council .Forms are available at Medical Council's site at www. medicalcouncil.ie. This level applies to all applicants. All applicants must provide details of their qualifications and verify that they have not been subject to disciplinary proceedings in any country where they previously practised. Eligible medical practitioners will then be either required to sit or be exempted from PRES Levels 2 and 3.
PRES LEVEL 2
PRES Level 2 is a computer based examination and is currently in the form of a Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) examination. Paper consist of a theme with 5 options and one has to fill them as True or False.There are 60 themes so there are 300 MCQS.12 themes each from 5 subjects;Medicine/General Practice, Pediatrics, Surgery, Gynae/Obs, Psychiatry. There is one mark for each correct answer and one mark is deducted for each wrong answer and one has to get at least 135 numbers out of 300 in order to pass.
Only candidates who have been declared eligible to sit the PRES (after having completed the Level 1 assessment) are eligible to apply for PRES Level 2. They will receive a Letter of Authorisation and Admission Card from the Medical Council. This will give details as to where and how to apply for PRES Level 2 whether in Ireland or at overseas centres(India,Pakistan,Egypt etc). They should then contact the testing company as specified in the letter by telephone or go on their website for available dates.
PRESS LEVEL 3
PRES Level 3PRES Level 3 is the third part of the PRES examination. Candidates must pass PRES Level 2 before being permitted to sit PRES Level 3.This part can only be given in Ireland. Press 3 consists of one written paper of 1 hour duration (data interpretation) and then OSCE with 12 Stations of communication,clinical examination,practical skills and history taking.Each station is 7 minutes in duration.