Preparation: paediatric examination

Examination structure

The examination:

  • tests knowledge and applied knowledge only
  • is paper-based
  • is composed of 90 multiple choice questions (MCQs)
  • is 3 hours in duration
  • is delivered only in English.

To see details regarding the different types of MCQs used in the examination and how to complete the examination booklet and answer sheet, check Parts B and C of our Preparation guidebook.

Examination blueprint

The examination is designed using the consensus-based European syllabus in respiratory medicine, published in Breathe.

The questions selected for the examination are mapped to the examination blueprint. This blueprint shows all topics covered in the examination and the average percentage of questions devoted to each of these topics. This examination blueprint was updated in September 2016.

The blueprint is divided into the following dimensions (see below for more details):

Most of the questions are associated with a topic from both dimensions. As part of the examination results, you will receive a letter showing your subscores for each topic. View a sample letter.

Sources for preparation

The following ERS sources are recommended for your examination preparation. This list should serve as general guidance only. Candidates should seek other sources for up-to-date information.

The examinations strive to illustrate the current best practices in respiratory medicine. Current guidelines are therefore the basis of the questions in patient management, whether in differential diagnosis, diagnostic procedures, therapy, etc.
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ERS Handbook in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
This handbook offers concise summaries of each of the key areas of paediatric respiratory medicine. This reference is a key resource for the examination committee and an important tool for those preparing to take the examination in paediatric respiratory medicine.
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ERS Handbook: Self-Assessment in Respiratory Medicine (2nd edition)
Although focused on adult respiratory medicine, this is a useful tool for those who want to get a feel of the multiple-choice question format used in the ERS HERMES examinations. The 261 multiple-choice questions cover the full breadth of respiratory medicine, using clinical vignettes that test not only readers' knowledge but their ability to apply it in daily practice.
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ERS Summer School in paediatric respiratory medicine 2021
The annual ERS Summer School is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of each of the major fields of paediatric respiratory medicine. The programme is designed to challenge participants and provide a learning framework including interactive sessions and MCQ discussion sessions. The next ERS Summer School will take place in 30 June - 3 July 2021.Find out more/register

ERS Self-Assessment course
This course offers a ‘real-life’ clinical focus and efficient testing method. It is a 3-hour course featuring a 1 hour exam with 30 multiple-choice questions that are selected from the ERS HERMES examination question bank and a 2 hour feedback session with an ERS expert. This course is an ideal preparation for candidates wishing to sit the HERMES examination.
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Online mock examination
The online test gives candidates a chance to get used to the multiple-choice format used in the examination. The 30 multiple choice questions (MCQs) should aid in the preparation for the examination. Please access the online test by using Google Chrome web browser.
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Mentorship is available for those sitting the European Diploma examination in paediatric respiratory medicine. Registered candidates will have the opportunity to receive guidance on taking the examination and find out more about the positive impact that taking the ERS HERMES examination can have. Candidates must register and finalise their payment by 31 May, 2021 at the latest in order to obtain a mentor.
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Do you want to become a mentor for future candidates? During examination registration, tick off the box “Become a mentor”. If you pass the European Diploma category examination, we will put you on a list of available mentors for the upcoming ERS HERMES examinations.
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Examination day

Approximately two weeks before the examination date, you will receive an invitation letter with a voucher (in pdf) via email, which enables you to enter the Congress centre and examination room. It also includes your unique seat number. A seating chart will be provided as well, so you can find your seat quickly.

You are allowed to bring only the following items into the examination room:

  • MANDATORY: printed voucher
  • MANDATORY: identification document (passport, national ID, driver’s license)
  • Light jacket or sweater

We ask you to leave all other personal belongings (bags, smartphones, wallets, keys, food, drinks etc.) at your accommodation, or in the main Congress cloakroom. A small makeshift drop-off place will be near the examination room and observed by an assistant, but we cannot take responsibility for the security of these items.

Pencils, erasers and a bottle of water will be provided for each candidate on-site.

Examination schedule – 04 September, 2021
11:00 Registration desk in front of the examination room opens. It is mandatory that you sign the register at the desk before examination.
12:30 Examination hall opens.
12:55 All participants to be seated. Verbal instructions are given.
13:00 Examination begins. The examination room doors close and any late participants will not be permitted to enter.
16:00 Examination ends.

Please make sure that you are on-site by 12:30 at the latest! At 13:00 the doors of the examination room will close and no one will be allowed to enter the room.

For more details and onsite regulations, see Parts F and G of our Preparation guidebook. Please be aware that by signing the register on-site, you agree to adhere to these regulations.