Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe
CertificationEBIRExam structure

Exam structure

Examination structure

  • Duration
  • Assessment structure
  • Assessment content


The assessment will be conducted over the course of a single day. The overall duration of the assessment is approximately 4 hours with a 30 minute break between the two sections.

Assessment structure

The assessment will be divided into two parts: a clinical case scenario examination and a general clinical practice examination.

Clinical case scenario examination

The clinical case scenario examination is a written assessment, comprising of 10 sequential items. Each sequential item is made up of 4-6 selected response questions that are all related to a specific case scenario. Within a sequential item, every question logically succeeds the previous question i.e. after the first question is answered, additional information is added to facilitate answering the second question, and so on. Candidates may be required to select the single best answer, select multiple correct answers or order the answers in a specific way.

General clinical practice examination

The general clinical practice examination is a written assessment, comprising of approximately 50 multiple choice questions. These are standalone questions which require candidates to select the single best answer.

Here is further information on the single best answer format:

  • Each question poses multiple alternative answers and the candidate must choose the best one
  • Out of the four answer options, the ‘right’ answer is the one which is more correct than the other options
  • The three remaining options are plausible but less correct options
  • All options are therefore judged on a single continuum from the most incorrect answer to the most correct answer

Assessment content

The examination is based on the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Interventional Radiology. Each assessment is mapped according to a blueprint derived from this document, this ensures each examination contains an even distribution of topics which cover the whole spectrum of the curriculum and syllabus.

Marking system

The assessment content covers the entirety of the European Curriculum and Syllabus of Interventional Radiology. To receive a “pass result”, the candidate must achieve an overall combined score of 50% or above. For more information please refer to the marks and standards document below.


Results will be communicated to candidates no earlier than 8 weeks after the examination. Successful candidates will be awarded a formal certificate, which will be sent by post. Successful candidates may add EBIR (European Board of Interventional Radiology) to their post-nominal qualifications.

Repeating the examination

Candidates who have not passed the examination can contact the EBIR Registration team at the following email address and apply to re-sit the exam: [email protected]. Please note that those applying for a repeat exam must complete the payment as before, a transfer of the previous examination fee is not possible.