Divisional Written Examination

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

We're closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. We're guided by each state’s health department and District Health Boards. At this stage, the exam will go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday 26 October. We've implemented COVIDSafe Management Plans for all sites.

We'll continue to provide updates here to reflect changes as they happen. Please ensure your contact information is updated in MyRACP so we can reach you with relevant updates.

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

Overview

The October 2021 Divisional Written Examination (DWE) will be held using computer-based testing (CBT). It’s limited to 250 Adult Medicine and 80 Paediatrics & Child Health places to ensure full testing before rolling out to a larger group. This exam does not count towards your official attempt limit.

We anticipate the February 2022 exam will run using Computer Based Testing (CBT), however, the College Education Committee will make a decision on the delivery method after the October 2021 DWE.

Key dates

October 2021 exam

Applications open 9am AEST/9am NZST, Wednesday 28 April 2021
Applications close 12pm AEST/12pm NZST, Monday 17 May 2021
Outcome of ballot and notice of position Friday 21 May 2021
Venue booking system opens 5pm AEST, Friday 10 September 2021
Venue booking system closes 11:59pm AEST, Sunday 26 September 2021
Practice exams available 4pm AEST, Tuesday 28 September 2021
Pre-exam special consideration requests close
(for provisions on exam day and venue change)
5pm AEDT/5pm NZDT, Friday 8 October 2021
Exam Tuesday 26 October 2021*
Exam day special consideration requests close
(for technical and procedural issues)
5pm AEDT/5pm NZDT, Friday 5 November 2021
Results released
3pm AEDT/3pm NZDT, Thursday 11 November 2021
* If the exam cannot go ahead due to COVID, a backup exam is scheduled for Monday 15 November 2021.

February 2022 exam

Applications open 9am AEST/9am NZST, Monday 22 November 2021
Applications close 12pm AEST/12pm NZST, Friday 3 December 2021
Pre-exam special consideration requests close
(for provisions on exam day and venue change)
5pm AEDT/5pm NZDT, Friday 28 January 2022
Exam Monday 14 February 2022
Exam day special consideration requests close
(for technical and procedural issues)
5pm AEDT/5pm NZDT, Friday 25 February 2022
Results released
3pm AEDT/3pm NZDT, Thursday 3 March 2022

Contingency plans

October 2021 exam

Plan A | We deliver CBT on planned date of 26 October 2021 at Clifton exam centres across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. If social distancing is needed, we use additional rooms in test centres or alternative venues. Decisions may be specific to state or territory COVID restrictions.


CBT-related plans

If the exam can’t go ahead due to a CBT technical issue, the following contingency plans will be put in place. The safety of all participants is at the core of these plans.

CBT Plan B | If issue is not IT-related or can be fixed quickly, reschedule exam to 15 November 2021 using CBT at existing venues.

CBT Plan C | If issue is IT-related and can’t be identified or fixed quickly, revert to paper-based exam on 15 November 2021 using current venue and invigilation suppliers Janison.

The College Education Committee will make a go / no go decision about the October DWE using CBT in September 2021. If they decide not to, the exam will be a paper-based exam and most likely run on 26 October 2021. If there are COVID restrictions, then we enact COVID-related plans C or D.


COVID-related plans

If the exam can’t go ahead due to COVID, the following contingency plans will be put in place. The safety of all participants is at the core of these plans. If one or more locations can’t go ahead with the exam on the planned date, those in unaffected areas can still take their exam.

Plan B | Reschedule exam to 15 November 2021 using CBT at existing venues.

Plan C | Reschedule exam to 15 November 2021 using paper-based exam at current venue and invigilation suppliers Janison.

Plan D | Reschedule exam to 15 November 2021 using paper-based exam at trainees’ workplace using local invigilators.

Contingency plans for the February 2022 exam will be confirmed closer to the exam date.

Location

Venues are in Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand capital cities and regional centres, selected at our discretion.

Aotearoa New Zealand

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


Auckland

Cliftons Auckland
4/45 Queen Street
Auckland 1010

Plan your journey: public transport | parking (PDF)

Familiarise yourself with: Aotearoa New Zealand COVID-19 updates | Ministry of Health Advice for tertiary providers/whare wānanga


Christchurch

TBC

Familiarise yourself with: Aotearoa New Zealand COVID-19 updates | Ministry of Health Advice for tertiary providers/whare wānanga

Australia

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


Adelaide

Cliftons Adelaide
1/80 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Plan your journey: public transport | parking (PDF)

Familiarise yourself with Adelaide COVID-19 public health orders


Brisbane

Cliftons Brisbane
24/288 Edward Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Plan your journey: public transport | parking (PDF)

Familiarise yourself with: Brisbane COVID-19 public health orders | QLD Health Medical Specialist College Exams (PDF)


Canberra

Cliftons Canberra
2/10 Moore St
Canberra ACT 2601

Plan your journey: public transport | parking (PDF)

Familiarise yourself with Canberra COVID-19 public health orders


Darwin

Crimson Innovations
Unit 3
6 Catterthun Street
Winnellie NT 8020

Plan your journey: public transport | parking

Familiarise yourself with Darwin COVID-19 public health orders


Melbourne

Cliftons Melbourne
1/440 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Plan your journey: public transport | parking (PDF)

Familiarise yourself with: Melbourne COVID-19 public health orders | VIC Health Medical Specialist College Exams (PDF)


Sydney

Cliftons Sydney
13/60 Margaret Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Plan your journey: public transport | parking (PDF)

Familiarise yourself with: Sydney COVID-19 public health orders | NSW Health Medical Specialist College Exams (PDF)


Perth

Cliftons Perth
Parmelia House
191 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000

Plan your journey: public transport | parking  (PDF)

Familiarise yourself with Perth COVID-19 public health orders

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).


RACP Support Program

Preparing for exams can be stressful. Reach out to the RACP Support Program for free, 24/7, completely confidential support. Make an appointment or speak with a consultant by calling 1300 687 327 (Australia) or 0800 666 367 (Aotearoa New Zealand).

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