Divisional Written Examination

The Divisional Written Examination is made up of 2 sections 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.


The October 2021 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.

If we receive more registrations than places, we’ll run a ballot to allocate positions. This will be overseen by independent adjudicators to make sure it’s fair.

This exam does not count towards your official attempt limit.

Key dates

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
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.

Contingency plans

We'll release contingency plans closer to the exam date.


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).


The October sitting will be held in these locations only:

Aotearoa New Zealand

Auckland | Christchurch


Adelaide | Brisbane | Darwin | Melbourne | Perth | Sydney

When you apply, select the city where you want to sit the exam. We’ll send you a link to book into your chosen venue at least 4 weeks before the exam.

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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