The 1990 examination was attempted by 1004 candidates, an increase of 173 on last year’s candidate figures. The overall pass-rate of 40.3 %, while slightly down on last year's percentage, compares favourably with most recent years. The total number of UK candidates was 688, of whom 303 passed, a passrate of 44 %, slightly down on last year’s performance. The total number of overseas candidates was 316, of whom 102 passed, a pass-rate of 32.3 %, down 5.5 % on last year’s performance. However, there were 41 extra candidates this year, and it is hoped that the overseas candidate figures will continue to grow during the 1990s.