Divisional Clinical Exams (Australia) FAQs

We strongly recommend that all candidates familiarise themselves with the 2019 Divisional Clinical Examination Instruction to Candidates.


Eligibility | Applications | Withdrawal of applications | Prior to Examination Day | Examination Day |  Following the Examination 


Eligibility

I’m currently not in an accredited training position. Can I sit the Clinical Examination?
Yes, provided your interruption of training is registered with the RACP and all other eligibility criteria are met.
How many attempts do I have for the Clinical Examination?
Limits on the total training time allowed and the number of exam attempts are specified by the Progression through Training Policy. The revised policy took effect on 1 January 2017. Transition arrangements are in place that may be relevant to trainees sitting the Clinical Examination in 2019. For more details, please see the relevant Basic Training Handbook and the Progression through Training Policy information.

Applications

I think I am eligible to apply for the Clinical Examination but have not received an invitation to apply. What do I do?
The invitation will be sent to the email address you have registered with the RACP. You should check all folders, including junk mail and promotions. Please log in to MyRACP and check that we have the correct details.If you have not received an invitation by Friday, 15 March 2019 please contact prep_BT@racp.edu.au to discuss your eligibility
Why can’t I see the online application in MyRACP?
The online application is only available to eligible applicants. If you believe you should be eligible but are unable to access the application form please contact prep_BT@racp.edu.au to discuss your eligibility.
What do I do if I have technical difficulties with the online application?
If you experience any technical difficulties please contact examinations@racp.edu.au for assistance before the close of applications. Some workplaces have firewalls that will prevent the application from processing correctly. Smart phones and tablets may also be incompatible with the online application. If this occurs, please try the online application at home on a desktop computer or laptop. When online applications are successfully processed, you will see a confirmation screen, and a receipt for the fees will be available in MyRACP. A confirmation email will be sent within half an hour of submission. Please check your emails, including any junk mail and promotional folders.
I have missed the application deadline. Can I still apply for the 2019 Clinical Examination?

No, unfortunately we are unable to accept late applications.

Withdrawal of Applications

Can I withdraw my application?

Yes. To withdraw from the exam please notify examinations@racp.edu.au. Refunds of application fees will be provided according to the rules tabled below:

Paediatrics & Child Health Adult Medicine Refund
Date of withdrawal By 26 March 2019
(close of applications)
By 2 April 2019 (close of applications) 100% of fee
27 March – 24 April 2019  3 April – 19 June 2019 50% of fee 
25 April 2019 onwards
20 June 2019 onwards No refund available

Refunds may be granted outside of these rules on medical or compassionate grounds; however, you must submit a special consideration application. Please refer to the Special Consideration for Assessment policy
Can I have my application fee rolled over to the next year?
We are not able to offer this option.

Prior to Examination Day

When will I know the details of my allocated exam place?

You will be sent a candidate allocation letter in mid-April (Paediatrics & Child Health) or mid-June (Adult Medicine) via email. The allocation letter will confirm the date and venue of your exam and will also provide the details of where to go in the venue. If you do not receive this letter, please contact examinations@racp.edu.au to request that your letter be resent.  

Will I need to travel to sit the exam?
Yes. You will be allocated an exam place in a different state to where you are currently working or have previously worked. If you have difficulties with long-distance travel due to illness or pregnancy you should submit a special consideration request at the time of your exam application.Please refer to the 2019 Divisional Clinical Examination Instruction to Candidates for more information on special consideration.
How do I make a special request about the timing or location of my exam in Australia?

You should submit a special consideration request at the time of your exam application. We will attempt to accommodate these requests wherever possible. Requests to be allocated to a specific venue will not be considered.

Please refer to the 2019 Divisional Clinical Examination Instruction to Candidates for more information on special consideration. If you feel that you will be unable to meet the required standard due to your circumstances, we strongly recommend that you withdraw from the exam.

If you do sit the exam, the attempt will be counted, and you will not be able to request special consideration.

Can I sit the Clinical Examination in New Zealand?

You can submit a request to sit the exam in New Zealand instead of Australia if there are extenuating reasons for you to sit outside of Australia. You should apply for the Australian Examination and then send your request to examinations@racp.edu.au. Allocation is dependent on availability of places and is not guaranteed.

If we are not able to allocate you to sit in New Zealand, you will be allocated an Australian exam place. You may not sit the exam in both Australia and New Zealand in the same calendar year

Can I visit or familiarise myself with my allocated venue prior to my exam day?

You may visit your allocated hospital to confirm travel times however you must not contact any hospital departments or make any attempt to view departments or clinic rooms that may be involved in the exam. This may be seen as an attempt to gain an unfair advantage and is considered a breach of the Academic Integrity in Training Policy.

Please refer to the 2019 Divisional Clinical Examination Instruction to Candidates for more information on candidate contact with exam venues.

What do I do if I am sick leading up to the exam or on the morning of the exam?
You should carefully consider your ability to complete the exam. For the exam to be fair and valid, all candidates must demonstrate the same standard of performance on the day of the exam. If you feel that you are unable to meet the required standard due to illness or impaired preparation, we strongly recommend that you do not commence the exam. If you do sit the exam, the attempt will be counted, and you will not be able to request special consideration.

Examination Day

What do I have to bring to the exam?
You need to bring your own equipment and stationery for the exam. Please see the 2019 Divisional Clinical Examination Instruction to Candidates for a full list of recommended items. You must ensure that you do not bring any prohibited items into the exam. You are not permitted to bring in references, calculators, mobile phones, or any other data storing/sharing/recording devices, whether written or electronic.
What form of ID do I bring to the exam?

All candidates must bring current identification that clearly shows all of the following:

  • Name (as registered with the RACP)
  • Photograph
  • Signature
Examples of acceptable ID include driver’s licence and passport. When you report to your exam venue you will be asked to present your ID and sign an attendance record.
I’ve changed my name, and my personal details on my identification no longer match my RACP registered details. What can I do?

You can update your personal information on your MyRACP page to match your formal ID. Alternatively, Member Services can help you by emailing memberservices@racp.edu.au or phone on 1300 MY RACP (1300 69 7227).

If you have not contacted the RACP prior to your exam you should bring additional supporting documentation to your exam, e.g. change of name documentation or marriage certificate. If you have an ID discrepancy on exam day, you will be permitted to sit the exam, and the RACP will investigate this after you have sat the exam. 

How do I know where to go on the day of my exam?

Your candidate allocation letter will contain specific information on where to go in your allocated venue. 

Will there be a lunch break?

Yes, there will be a 30-minute lunch break between sessions. You are advised to bring your own lunch. Hospitals may have a cafeteria to purchase items, however if you fail to report to the afternoon session of the exam on time, you will not be granted any additional time. 

Can I carry food, drinks or medication during the exam?

You are only permitted to bring a clear bottle of water into the exam rooms. No other food, beverages or medication may be carried during the exam without prior approval.

If you require medication, food, or drinks other than water during the exam on medical grounds, you must submit a request for special consideration by the due date.

Please refer to the 2019 Divisional Clinical Examination Instruction to Candidates for more information on special consideration, including due dates for requests.

I will have a newborn baby at the time of my exam. Will I be able to bring the baby and/or breastfeed on site?

You may bring your baby to the exam venue. However please note that, in fairness to other candidates, the baby may not be present in the candidate or exam areas. You will need to make your own childcare arrangements for the day.

If you require provisions to support breastfeeding you must submit a request for special consideration by the due date. We will endeavour to make arrangements with hospital sites to accommodate these requests wherever possible, but we cannot guarantee that the same arrangements will be possible at every site.

Please refer to the 2019 Divisional Clinical Examination Instruction to Candidates for more information on special consideration, including the due dates for requests.

What do I wear to the Examination?

You should dress in an appropriate and professional manner for the exam. This is not a day for casual clothes, however you do not need to invest in a new suit purely for the exam. It is important that you are comfortable and can examine your patient easily in the clothes you are wearing.

Can I retain my exam notes at the end of the exam?

Following the examination, you must ensure that your patient notes are left with the organisers at the examination for destruction. Please refer to the Academic Integrity in Training Policy

Following the Exam

I experienced a technical or procedural issue during my exam. What do I do? 

Contact examinations@racp.edu.au for advice immediately and do not wait for results to be released. If you consider that the issue had a significant impact on your exam performance and could not adequately be compensated for on the day, you may wish to submit a request for special consideration. 

These applications are considered by the Clinical Examination Results Committee and must be submitted by the due date. The Committee will not be able to adjust your marks or change your outcome but may grant a supplementary examination. You will not be offered a supplementary exam on the basis of illness on the day or impaired preparation leading up to the exam.

Please refer to the 2019 Divisional Clinical Examination Instruction to Candidates for more information on special consideration, including due dates for requests.

When will I receive my examination results?

Notifications of results will be sent to all candidates via personalised email from 3pm AEDT on the day of release.

  • Paediatrics & Child Health Clinical Examination results released 6 June 2019
  • Adult Medicine Clinical Examination results released 15 August 2019

This email will let you know if you have been successful or unsuccessful. Please ensure that your email address registered with the RACP is current by logging into MyRACP and checking your details. If you have not received this email by 8am the following day, please contact examinations@racp.edu.au or phone 1300 MY RACP (1300 69 7227). Your notification will be resent. We cannot give results over the phone.

Can I request a supplementary examination?

Yes, via a special consideration request, but only where there was a significant technical or procedural issue that affected your performance and only prior to release of results.

Supplementary exams are offered very rarely and the decision to offer this sits solely with the Clinical Examination Results Committee. You will not be offered a supplementary exam on the basis of illness on the day or impaired preparation leading up to the exam.

Please refer to the 2019 Divisional Clinical Examination Instruction to Candidates for more information on special consideration, including due dates for requests.

Will I receive any feedback on my performance in the exam?

Yes. Successful candidates will receive a results letter and copies of their feedback sheets for each case via email within four weeks of receiving their initial result email.

Unsuccessful candidates will receive a results letter and will be invited to discuss their feedback sheets with a member of the National Examining Panel.

Please ensure that your email address registered with the RACP is current by logging into MyRACP and checking your details.

I have not received my feedback statement, what can I do?

If you do not receive your feedback statement within four weeks of the release of results, please contact examinations@racp.edu.au to request that the statement be re-sent. 

I have not passed the 2019 Clinical Examination. Can I re-sit the exam?

Limits on the total training time allowed and the number of exam attempts are specified by the Progression Through Training Policy. The revised policy took effect on 1 January 2017. Transition arrangements are in place that may be relevant to trainees sitting the Clinical Examination in 2019. For more details please see the relevant Basic Training Handbook and the Progression through Training Policy information.

You can view information about your past exam attempts on the Basic Training Portal. The next opportunity to sit the exam will be in 2020. Eligible applicants will be notified via email in March 2020. 

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