Divisional Written Examination

Overview of October 2023 Divisional Written Examination

The Divisional Written Examination (DWE) is comprised of 2 papers to assess your understanding of basic science and clinical knowledge.

The October 2023 DWE will be held on Tuesday, 24 October 2023 using paper-based testing. It will count as an exam attempt.

The exam consists of a combination of new and previously used questions. There are approximately 50 questions that are used for equating purposes, these questions will count towards your total score for the exam.

Find out more about previous exam pass rates and how the exams are marked

Key dates 

October 2023 exam
Applications open 12pm AEST/12pm NZST, Wednesday 31 May 2023
Applications close 5pm AEST/5pm NZST, Wednesday 21 June 2023
Pre-exam special consideration requests close (for provisions on exam day and venue change) 5pm AEDT/5pm NZDT, Friday 6 October 2023
Exam Tuesday 24 October 2023
Exam day special consideration requests close (for technical and procedural issues) 5pm AEDT/5pm NZDT, Tuesday 31 October 2023
Proposed results released 3pm AEDT/3pm NZDT, Thursday 23 November 2023


Venues are located in Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand capital cities and regional centres. The details will be confirmed soon.

Contingency plans

Contingency plans are in place in case significant events or disruptions prevent the October 2023 Divisional Written Examination from going ahead. The available contingency options may be applied to an individual exam site or multiple impacted sites. The safety of all participants is at the core of these plans.

Plan A | The Divisional Written Examination will proceed as scheduled on Tuesday, 24 October 2023, as a paper-based exam at exam centres across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Plan B | A back up exam paper and logistical arrangements are in place to hold the exam at centres across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, on the contingency date of Tuesday, 14 November 2023.

Our aim

To sit the October 2023 exam, you must meet all the RACP Basic Training requirements.

If one or more sites can't proceed with the exam on its planned date due to COVID-19 disruptions, those in unaffected areas can still take their exam.


Australia | AUD$2031.00
Aotearoa New Zealand | NZD$2335.65

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

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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