Divisional Written Examination

The Divisional Written Examination is made up of 2 papers to assess your understanding of basic science and clinical knowledge.

Questions are based on topics and concepts detailed in the Knowledge Guides. Use the Workplace Learning Planner to supplement your study.

Find out more about previous exam pass rates and how the exam is marked.

Overview

2021 updates

The exam is paper-based. All venues will adhere to social distancing and COVID safety measures.

Key dates

Applications open 9am AEDT/9am NZDT, Thursday 5 November 2020
Applications close 12pm AEDT/12pm NZDT, Monday 30 November 2020
Submit PREP requirements
(for Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand)
Sunday 31 January 2021
Pre-exam special consideration requests close
(for provisions on exam day and venue change)
5pm AEDT/5pm NZDT, Friday 29 January 2021
Exam Monday 15 February 2021*
Exam day special consideration requests close
(for technical and procedural issues)
5pm AEDT/5pm NZDT, Friday 26 February 2021
Results released
3pm AEDT/3pm NZDT, Thursday 11 March 2021

* If the exam cannot go ahead due to COVID, a backup exam is scheduled for Monday 15 March 2021.

Contingency plans

If the 2021 exam can’t go ahead, the following contingency plans will be put in place. The safety of all participants is at the core of these plans.

Plan A | Paper-based exam held on 15 February as planned. If needed, additional venues will be added to meet social distancing restrictions.

Plan B | Paper-based exam held on 15 February as planned. Candidates sit the exam at their own hospital, in a room such as a lecture theatre.*

Solutions may be a mix of options A and B, depending on the particular exam site and impacts of COVID restrictions.

A backup exam is scheduled for 15 March 2021 for those who can’t attend the first date because of issues such as quarantine.

*This is subject to Health Departments and hospitals agreeing to their facilities being used.

Fees

Australia:  AUD$1986.00
Aotearoa New Zealand: NZD$2283.90

If you have outstanding training fees, you’re ineligible to sit the exam. See College Fees Terms and Conditions (PDF).

Eligibility

To find out if you're eligible to sit the Exam:

You can still apply for the Exam even if you haven’t yet completed all your training requirements for the year by the application deadline. To be eligible by the Exam date, submit all PREP requirements, including your Annual Progress Report by the dates specified in the key dates section.

If you're not currently in an accredited training position, you're eligible to sit the Exam but must have registered your interruption of training with us.

Location

The Exam is held in locations across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Select the city where you want to sit the exam when you apply. Venue details are emailed to you 4 weeks before the exam date.

Aotearoa New Zealand

For up-to-date COVID-19 information, see Ministry of Health NZ COVID-19.

Auckland | Christchurch | Dunedin | Hamilton | Wellington


Auckland

LIFE Central
25 Normanby Road
Mt Eden
Auckland 1024

Exam room: West Room

Plan your journey: public transport | parking


Christchurch

Novotel Cathedral Square Hotel
52 Cathedral Square
Christchurch 8011

Exam room: Rakaia Room 1 and 2

Plan your journey: public transport | parking


Dunedin

Fable Dunedin
310 Princes Street
Dunedin 9016

Exam room: Bracken Room

Plan your journey: public transport | parking


Hamilton

Claudelands Conference Exhibition Centre
Corner of Brooklyn Road and Heaphy Terrace
Claudelands
Hamilton 3214

Exam room: Brooklyn 1 and 2

Plan your journey: public transport | parking


Wellington

Sofitel Wellington
11 Bolton Street
Wellington 6011

Exam room: Lady Norwood

Plan your journey: public transport | parking

Australia

For up-to-date COVID-19 restrictions, familarise yourself with public health recommendations in your state or territory.

Adelaide | Brisbane | Cairns | Canberra | Darwin | Geelong | Gold Coast | Hobart | Melbourne | Newcastle | Perth | Sydney | Townsville | Wollongong


Adelaide

Mercure Grosvenor Hotel
125 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

Exam room: The Ballroom

Plan your journey: public transport | parking

Familiarise yourself with Adelaide COVID-19 updates


Brisbane

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Corner of Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Exam room: Meeting rooms 1-2 and 3-4

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Brisbane COVID-19 updates 


Cairns

Hilton Cairns
34 Esplanade
Cairns City QLD 4870

Exam room: Grand Ballroom

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Cairns COVID-19 updates 


Canberra

Crowne Plaza Canberra
1 Binara St
Canberra ACT 2601

Exam room: Glebe Room

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Canberra COVID-19 updates 


Darwin

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
7 Kitchener Drive
Darwin NT 0800

Exam room: Neptuna/Mavie Room

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Darwin COVID-19 updates 


Geelong

Rydges Geelong
Myers Street and Gheringhap Street
Geelong VIC 3220

Exam room: Kardinia and Barwon

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Geelong COVID-19 updates 


Gold Coast

Mantra on View Hotel
22 View Avenue
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Exam room: Palm Room 1

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Gold Coast COVID-19 updates 


Hobart

Salamanca Inn
10 Gladstone Street
Hobart TAS 7000

Exam room: Churchill Room

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Hobart COVID-19 updates 


Melbourne

Moonee Valley Racing Club
1 McPherson Street
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039

Exam room: Celebrity Room and Valley View

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Melbourne COVID-19 updates 


Newcastle

McDonald Jones Stadium
294 Turton Road
Broadmeadow NSW 2292

Exam room: Broadmeadow Room 1 and 2

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Newcastle COVID-19 updates 


Perth

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
21 Mounts Bay Road
Perth WA 6000

Exam room: River View Rooms 4 and 5

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Perth COVID-19 updates 


Sydney

Language & Testing Consultants
Level 1, Wentworth Park Sporting Complex
Wattle Street entrance
Ultimo NSW 2007

Exam room: Ground Floor and Level 1

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Sydney COVID-19 updates 


Townsville

Mercure Townsville
166 Woolcock Street
Townsville QLD 4812

Exam room: Burdekin Room

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Townsville COVID-19 updates 


Wollongong

Quality Suites Pioneer Sands
19 Carters Ln
Towradgi NSW 2518

Exam room: Gregory Room

Plan your journey: public transport | parking 

Familiarise yourself with Wollongong COVID-19 updates 

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