What is The KROK Test?

Published on 22/03/2021 in
What is the KROK test

KROK means “Integrated License exam under European Credit Transfer System”. It’s a two-part licensing examination that evaluates medical students in Ukraine. After passing KROK part 2, students become qualified medical practitioners in Ukraine.

The test is a necessary examination for every doctor in Ukraine. Its questions and dates vary depending on the subject you study. 

Usually, medical students take KROK part 1 after finishing their 3rd (pre-clinical) year. KROK part 2 is taken during the final (clinical) year. The year in which you will take KROK 2 depends on your speciality. Medicine courses in Ukraine are 6 years long, and Dentistry are 5 years long. So your final year during which you will need to take KROK will be the 5th or 6th year.

Duration of the KROK exam

The KROK exams last for 3 hours and 20 minutes in total (200 minutes in total).

In what language can you take the KROK?

KROK examination is available in 3 languages: Ukrainian, Russian and English.

The reasons why KROK has 3 languages available are:

  • The majority of Ukraine’s population communicates in 2 languages: Russian and Ukrainian
  • Ukraine is welcoming international students. Therefore having an English version of the KROK exam is a must.

Results and KROK passing percentage

Each KROK part consists of 200 questions in total. To pass the exam, you need to answer 121/200 questions - 60.5% successfully. 

Each correct answer gives you 1 point. You don't lose points for wrong answers. 

As mentioned before, the test ensures that you have enough theoretical medical knowledge to start your clinical practice. Because it’s a necessary test that every 3rd-year student must pass, you need to answer at least 60.5% of the questions correctly. However, if you fail, you still have 2 more tries and plenty of time to fill in your knowledge gaps.

If the students have “Not Passed” after the third attempt, they must wait for another year to retry.

Location

The licensing exam takes place in classrooms or lecture rooms provided by high schools and universities.

The regulations state that a classroom shouldn’t contain more than 100 examinees in it. Additionally, the number of examinees in one classroom should not exceed half of the number of seats available.

Registration

Registration begins 3 months before the exam dates. All students are registered by the Testing Boards of their Medical Schools.

KROK part 1

Overview

KROK part 1 is an assessment exam that ensures that you have enough theoretical knowledge to practise medicine safely. Every 3rd-year student must pass it to start their clinical practice.

Below you can find the distribution of the subjects percentage-wise.

Dates

  • February 9 2021 - February 10 2021: KROK1 for students studying “Medicine”,” Pharmacy”, and “Stomatology”.
  • Starting in March 2021: Retake sessions.
  • April 13 2021: KROK part 1 examination for students studying “Stomatology”.
  • June 16 2021 - June 17 2021: KROK part 1 examination for students studying “Pharmacy”.
  • June 29 2021 - June 30 2021: KROK part 1 examination for students studying “Medicine”.
  • Starting in March 2021: Retake sessions.

Disclamer: Because of Covid19, these dates are subject to change. Be sure to check the Official Licensing Website.

Syllabus

Here’s the list of subjects and the number of questions they include.

Note: these are approximate numbers and may strongly vary depending on the subject you specialise in. Full exam information and amount of questions are classified.

  • Histology, Cytology and Embryology - 11 questions
  • Microbiology, Virology and Immunology - 13 questions
  • Biology - 17 questions
  • Pharmacology -  22 questions
  • Human anatomy - 25 questions
  • Pathophysiology - 25 questions
  • Physiology -  27 questions
  • Biological Chemistry - 29 questions
  • Pathomorphology - 31 questions

Dnipro Medical Institute's Student Union have kindly shared this resource to help you prepare for KROK 1.

KROK part 2

Overview

KROK 2 is the final exam that every medical student has to take to graduate and become a medical doctor in Ukraine. The exam will put your skills and knowledge in your chosen field to a test.

KROK will test all students specialising in Pharmacy, Laboratory Diagnostics, Public Health, Medicine, Medical Psychology, Physical Therapy, Ergotheraphy, and Stomatology.

Dates

  • January 19: KROK 2 Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Laboratory Diagnostics”.
  • January 26: KROK 2 Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Pharmacy”.
  • Starting in March 2021: Retake sessions for students majoring in “Laboratory Diagnostics”.
  • May 12: KROK 2 Stage 1 for the students majoring in “Public Health”.
  • May 18 2021 - May 19 2021:  KROK 2 for the students majoring in “Medical Psychology”
  • May 26 May - 27 May 2021:  KROK 2 for foreign students majoring in “Medicine”
  • June 2 2021: KROK 2 Stage 2 examination for students studying “Stomatology”.
  • June 3 2021: KROK 2 Stage 2 examination for students studying “Pharmacy”.
  • Starting in July 2021: Retake sessions for students majoring in “Pharmacy” and “Stomatology”.
  • December 7: KROK 2 examination for students studying “Physical Therapy” and “Ergotheraphy”.

Disclamer: Because of Covid19, these dates are subject to change. Be sure to check the Official Licensing Website.

Syllabus

Here’s the list with subjects and the number of questions they pose.

Note: these are approximate numbers and may strongly vary depending on the subject you specialise in. Full exam information and amount of questions are classified.

  1. Therapeutic Profile Tasks - 52 question
    • Therapy
    • Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology
    • Occupational Diseases
    • Phthisiatry
    • Radiology
    • Radiation Medicine
    • Psychiatry
    • Dermatology
    • Neurology
    • Clinical Immunology
    • Clinical Pharmacology
  2. Surgical Profile Tasks - 42 questions
    • General surgery
    • Oncology, urology
    • Anesthesiology and critical care medicine
    • Orthopaedics and Traumatology
    • Otolaryngology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Pediatric surgery
    • Forensic medicine
  3. Pediatric Profile Tasks - 38 questions
    • Paediatrics
    • Childhood infections
    • Neonatology
  4. Hygiene Profile Tasks - 34 questions
    • Hygiene
    • Health care organisation
  5. Obstetrics and gynaecology - 34 questions

Rules by Ukrainian Ministry of Health and Education

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health’s order:

  • 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 only 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 of Higher Education Institutions, students who will have academic arrears won’t be permitted to compose the incorporated examinations.

Practising for the exam

Every university in Ukraine already prepares you for the KROK license examination.

Despite the exam details being confidential, you can still practice. On the official website for the KROK test, you can download sample exams and questions!

Click here to view sample questions for KROK 1 MEDICINE;

Click here to view sample questions for KROK 1 PHARMACY;

Click here to view sample questions for KROK 1 STOMATOLOGY;

Click here to view sample questions for KROK 2 MEDICINE;

Click here to view sample questions for KROK 2 PHARMACY;

Click here to view sample questions for KROK 2 STOMATOLOGY;

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