EBU Online Written Examination

Date: Friday 16 November 2018
Time (local): 14.30-16.30 hrs.
Venues: Pearson VUE test centres

EBU Written Examination
The purpose is to assess whether the candidate demonstrates the minimum level of knowledge recognised by the EBU Examination Committee. The exam consists of 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and concerns the entire range of urological topics including basic science. The examination must be completed within 2 hours.

Eligibility Criteria
The applicant meets one of the following criteria. 

- Final-year resident: Trained as part of an official national urology training programme in a UEMS/EBU member country. The training must be completed before 31 October 2019.
- Certified urologist: Fully qualified as a urologist by the recognised national authority.

A certified urologist who is qualified in a non-UEMS/EBU member country is eligible to take the EBU Online Written Examination, however not the EBU Oral Examination. 

UEMS/EBU Member Countries
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

The official language of the examination is English.

Examination fees per candidate
- Applicant UEMS/EBU member country: EUR 425,00.
- Applicant non-UEMS/EBU member country: EUR 625,00.

Pearson VUE test centres
Pearson VUE has a network of secured test centres throughout Europe. For the overview of potential Pearson VUE test centres in UEMS/EBU member countries CLICK HERE.
The potential cities are listed in the online registration system and the applicant must select 2 different preferred cities. Concerning the placement, Pearson VUE will consider the following.

- Candidates will be accommodated in, or as close as possible to either city of their choice. 
- Preference at a centre is given to candidates who are citizens of the selected country.

Application procedure

Online registration starts latest 1 July 2018 and ends 31 August 2018 at 23.59 hrs. CET. 

- Applicants who can ONLY sit the examination in a country not listed [PDF] should contact the EBU office (ebu@ebu.com) to inquire about the options before starting the online registration.
- Availability in countries where specific conditions apply (e.g. Friday rest, OFAC sanctions) need to be considered.

Step 1: Apply online
- Fill in your personal information. In case the registration is done by a third party, the registrant is responsible for submitting the correct candidate details.
- Select 2 different preferred cities for taking the examination.
- Choose the debtor payment option. The invoice will be sent to the debtor.
- Pay the examination fee. The payment can be done by credit card only and is processed upon completion of the registration. 
- Complete the registration and press “Finish”. The registrant receives an automated confirmation of registration by email. Once the registration is completed, the selected cities can no longer be changed.

Step 2: Submit supporting documents
After completing of the online registration process, the applicant is required to submit the necessary supporting documents by postal mail. Applications are only further processed when the following documents have been delivered at the EBU office by postal mail, on or before 21 September 2018.

A final-year residents submits:
Statement EBU Online Written Examination 2018. This document must be signed by the Programme Director and submitted in the original format (copy not accepted).
- Photocopy of passport or identity card.

A certified urologists submits:
- Photocopy of the qualification as a urologist issued by the responsible national authority. Submission of an English translation may be requested.
- Photocopy of passport or identity card.

Step 3: Receive confirmation of enrollment
After the documents have been received and evaluated, the candidate will be informed by e-mail whether the application has been accepted.

Step 4: Receive confirmation of venue
The candidate will be informed by Pearson VUE by email about the test centre details by 29 October 2018 at the latest.
It is recommended to finalise any travel arrangements only after the examination venue has been confirmed. Candidates requiring a visa must consider the visa’s application process.   

National Examinations 
Austria, Hungary, Poland
: In compliance with national regulations this exit examination is co-organised under the auspices of the national urological associations. Candidates take the examination in their native language. They are registered through their national associations.
The Netherlands: Candidates take the examination in English and register individually.
Switzerland: Candidates take the examination in German and register individually.
Turkey: Candidates take the examination in Turkish and are registered through the Joint Board of Urology.

Cancellation procedure
The EBU must be informed about a cancellation by e-mail (
These fees apply.

EUR 50,00 in case of:
- Cancellation by the applicant received on, or before 1 November 2018.
- Cancellation by the EBU if the applicant does not meet the eligibility criteria.

The examination fee will be reimbursed after deduction of the cancellation fee.

100% examination fee in case of:
- Cancellation by the applicant received on, or after 2 November 2018.
- No-show.


A process of standard setting is performed by trained and experienced examiners setting the pass mark for the paper. The panel of examiners reviews results of each exam and questions with anomalous performance statistics are removed if the question is found problematic by consensus. The passing score is set by looking at standard deviations in such a way that it reflects the minimum performance acceptable for a candidate deemed competent within the purpose of the exam.


Results will be announced by email first. Next, candidates will receive a letter with their result by postal mail approximately 4 weeks after the examination. For successful candidates a Certification of Completion is included.
The results are provided only once. The content of the examination is not disclosed. 

Candidates are advised to follow the recommendations of their national curriculum. No specific texts or sources are required or recommended to prepare for the examination. 

The EAU guidelines provide a useful consensus of urological management. 

MCQ (including correct answers) used in the EBU In-Service Assessments are published. Booklets are available for purchase; download the order form here.

Online registration starts 1 July 2018.