Divisional Written Examination

What is the format and date for the 2019 Divisional Written Exam?

The 2019 Divisional Written Examination will be a paper-based exam delivered on Monday 18 February 2019.

What is the format of the multiple-choice questions in 2019?

The RACP multiple-choice question examinations will have four options instead of five as the standard question format for the 2019 Divisional Written Examination. This change is in line with the approach taken by many other high-stakes examinations. The RACP has chosen four options to provide consistency for candidates in their examinations. The Extended Matching Questions (EMQs) in the examinations will continue to have eight options.

How is the quality of the RACP examinations assured?

All past and future exam design is subject to robust quality assurance and sound educational methodologies underpin the process each year.

Thorough and valid review processes are undertaken by senior Fellows and educational experts.

Exams are designed to align to the curriculum so that trainees have a clear understanding of what will be expected of them in their exam.

All results are carefully analysed to ensure that outcomes reflect trainee performance and that trainees have been given the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and ability in the examination process.

Examination design and development processes are in line with International best practice and are regularly reviewed to ensure they continue to meet these standards.

Will the new curricula standards be used for 2019?

The questions for the 2019 Written Examinations will be based on the current curricula.

The new curricula standards will be introduced for the Divisional Written Examination in 2020. This ensures that trainees can benefit from the improved curricula and prepare accordingly for 2020. More information will be released on the curricula in the coming months but trainees should be reassured this will not be implemented until 2020 Divisional Written Examination.

The new curricula standards are part of ongoing improvements and will help trainees as they clearly and logically go through what is expected from trainees to help preparation and support ongoing success

If you have any questions please contact Member Services at memberservices@racp.edu.au or call 1800 69 7227 (Aust) or 0508 69 7227 (NZ).

What resources are available to help me prepare for the 2019 Divisional Written Examination?

Your supervisor or DPE can provide you with additional information and the College also provides many educational resources including:

The 2018 February examination papers are available for reference from on the RACP website (for both the Adult Medicine, and Paediatric and Child Health Medicine):

RACP Written Examination – Adult Medicine – Clinical Applications Q1-100
RACP Written Examination – Adult Medicine – Medical Sciences Q101-170
RACP Written Examination – Paediatrics & Child Health – Clinical Applications Q1-100
RACP Written Examination – Paediatrics & Child Health – Medical Sciences Q101-170

The College Learning Series is available on the RACP website.

The new Knowledge Guides are an additional resource to guide trainees’ study and exam preparation by clearly, explicitly and logically laying out what trainees are expected to understand and cover and the standard they are to achieve. These guides are additional tools to support trainee’s learning and assessment.

What support can I get to deal with the stress of examinations?

The RACP Support Program is a professional and confidential counselling service, available to all RACP Fellows and trainees, 24 hours, seven days per week. This can help with exam anxiety and other stressors.

The program provides members with access to confidential counselling, coaching and support for workplace and personal issues.

All Converge International consultants are qualified professionals with extensive experience in their specialty areas, with knowledge of the health industry, including registered psychologists and experienced social workers.

You can talk to your Converge International consultant over the phone, via the internet or in person about:

  • interpersonal conflict and tension
  • work-related stress and overload
  • changes in your work environment
  • bullying, harassment and grievances
  • discrimination and sexual harassment
  • relationship or family matters
  • personal and emotional stress
  • grief and bereavement
  • alcohol and drug related problems
  • mental health, including depression and anxiety
  • anger and violence
  • crisis intervention and trauma counselling
  • vicarious trauma
  • self-harm and suicide

To make an appointment, or to speak with a RACP Support Program consultant, call 1300 687 327 (Aust) or 0800 666 367 (NZ).

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