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Pre-Registration Examination System (PRES) Level 3

PRES Level 3 is a clinical based assessment of Communication, Interpretation and Practical Skills. Candidates must pass PRES Level 2 or equivalent before being permitted to sit PRES Level 3. Please refer to the PRES Handbook for further details regarding the PRES Level 3.

Booking the PRES Level 3

The Medical Council endeavors to give as much notice as possible prior to the date of the PRES Level 3. When a date is confirmed for the PRES Level 3, all eligible candidates will be notified by email. The exam dates and application form will be available on this webpage and will also be emailed to eligible candidates. The important notice and application form can be found here. The PRES Level 3 is usually held two to three times per year depending on demand in Dublin, Cork, Galway or Limerick.

Applying for a place in the PRES Level 3

The 2018 schedule for the PRES Level 3 Examinations is available hereThe Cork date has now been added to our updated schedule. All eligible candidates will be notified prior to the release date for applications. Candidates are required to sit the interpretation skills and the communication/practical skills over one day.

Withdrawing from a place in the PRES Level 3

In the event that a candidate is unable to attend a PRES Level 3 examination for which they have already accepted a place, they should notify us immediately by completing the Level 3 withdrawal form, and returning it to the PRES Section of the Medical Council by email or by post.


If a candidate withdraws prior to the closing date for applications they are entitled to a partial refund of €750 (€815 less service fee of €65). If a candidate does not inform the Medical Council of their withdrawal from the examination prior to the closing date for applications their application fee will be forfeited.

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 quoting their Medical Council reference number.

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