KROK is a Licensing Examination, an obligatory part of state certification for awarding the qualification of doctor or pharmacist. Students who are preparing for the specialties “Medicine”, “Dentistry” and “Pharmacy” pass two separate test exams – “KROK–1” and “KROK–2“. The first examination “KROK–1” consists of basic biomedical sciences, the second – “KROK–2” consists of the basic professionally oriented disciplines. License exam is passed to determine the appropriate level of professional knowledge and skills of students in higher medical (pharmaceutical) educational institutions minimum needed level of qualification according to national qualification requirements. KROK Exam is conducted by Testing Center of Ministry of Health of Ukraine. KROK is divided into two parts i.e. KROK–1 and KROK–2. KROK exam is conducted in three different languages.
KROK-1 exam is to be given by the medical students of Ukraine after completing 3rd year, continuing in the 4th year of their studies. KROK-2 exam is to be given by the medical students of Ukraine after completing 6th year. The exam provide license to the foreign medical students.
Students have certain questions in their mind regarding this exam. Is KROK a licensing examination? Is PLAB, USMLE, NMAT and KROK exams are similar to each other? How many times KROK can be given by the candidates? What is the syllabus of KROK exam? What is the duration of KROK exam?
This is an exam on general logical order, which is passed after contemplating essential thing disciplines included for the KROK-1 test. Authorized coordinated exam “KROK-1 General medical training” incorporates test tasks on orders of 1-3 courses.
- Human Anatomy
- Histology, Cytology and Embryology
- Microbiology, Virology and Immunology
- Path Physiology
- Path Morphology
- Biological Chemistry
|Conducting Body||Testing Center of Ministry of Health of Ukraine|
|Duration||3 hours 20 minutes|
|Score||1 mark for correct answer|
No negative mark for incorrect answer
|Retake of KROK-1 Exam||2 times|
KROK–1: Exam Pattern
The KROK-1 exam is conducted by Testing Center of Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The total duration of KROK-1 exam is 3 hours and 20 minutes. The exam contains 200 multiple choice questions. The candidates are required to choose the correct answer for each question and are not allowed to mark more than one option for a question. If they do so, attempt is considered incorrect. There is no negative marking for the wrong answer given by the candidates. For each correct answer 1 mark is given.
In the examination questions are given in multiple choice question (MCQ) form. The number of questions is distributed according to the subjects. The distribution of questions is:
|Subject||No. of Question|
|Histology, Cytology and Embryology||11|
|Microbiology, Virology and Immunology||13|
The criterion “pass/fail” established by the Testing Center at the level of 60.5%. Number of exams in the booklet-200, routine time-200 minutes. All students who got the “Not Passed” result of the KROK-1 test. They may retake the KROK-1 for not more than 2 times (Ministry of Health, Ukraine). If student is “Not Passed” after the third attempt the students are not admitted to the next examination session and expelled from the institution of higher education.
The assessment for proficient situated controls which compares to the preparation program for experts in the medicinal field. Authorized coordinated assessment KROK-2 “General medicinal preparing” incorporates.
- Therapeutic Profile Tasks
- Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology
- Occupational Diseases
- Radiation Medicine
- Clinical Immunology
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Surgical Profile Tasks
- General surgery
- Oncology, urology
- Anesthesiology and critical care medicine
- Orthopedics and Traumatology
- Pediatric surgery
- Forensic medicine
- Pediatric Profile Tasks
- Childhood infections
- Hygiene Profile Tasks
- Health care organization
- Obstetrics and gynecology
KROK–2: Exam Pattern
This exam has given a stipulated exam pattern to the candidates. This examination can be given in Ukrainian, Russian and English. From the exam pattern Candidates can know about the type of questions asked in the exam, total number of questions, marking scheme of the exam, details about negative marking and other important information about the exam. With the help of exam pattern candidates can get familiar with the question paper. The duration of exam is 3 hours and 20 minutes. The number of questions in the exam paper is 200 multiple choice questions. The distribution of questions is discussed below:
|Subject||No. of Questions|
|Hygiene and Health Care Organization||34|
|Obstetrics and Gynecology||34|
The criterion “pass/fail” built up by the Testing Center at the degree of 60.5%. The number of tests in the booklet – 200, routine time – 200 minutes. All students who got the “not passed” result of KROK-2 test, are permitted to finish the state graduation tests, yet don’t get a certificate of licensing KROK-2 test. If the candidate don’t pass state attestation, they don’t get the diploma of higher education institutions. The candidate may retake the KROK-2 test earlier than 1 year.
Rules and Regulations given by Ministry of Health of Ukraine
According to the order of Ministry of Health of Ukraine “On request of conducting the incorporated assessments” from 29.04.2013:
- Only students with no arrears in the educational plan. Especially in the controls of “KROK-1” are permitted to take the test “KROK-1”.
- The exam “KROK-2” is just accessible to students with no arrears in the execution of the educational plan and with the presence of certificates of the license test “KROK-1”.
- By the request on Higher Education Institutions students who will have academic arrears, won’t be permitted to compose the incorporated examinations.
Students Preparation for KROK Exam
The students must prepare for the exam according to the exam pattern. The system of preparation for this exam includes a theoretical and test training of students. The exam is carried out with the use of full-time and online consulting, system of remote Internet education and control level of preparation, printed manuals and guides, specially developed software and others.
Author: Rima Kochar