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Assessments - College-administered

COVID-19 update and cancellation of November OSCE

Due to the continuous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the RANZCP Board determined to cancel the November OSCE.

The increasing number of cases in Victoria and NSW, travel and border restrictions, quarantine implications, physical distancing requirements and the pressures faced by the health workforce during this period make it unfeasible to hold this face-to-face exam.

This decision was made with great deliberation, and the Board acknowledges the difficulty and stress this may cause.

Remote AV Examination

Instead, the College is planning a remote AV exam for November/December, with further details to be advised shortly, for a smaller number of candidates who are at the end of their trajectory to Fellowship.

Key points

  • The remote OSCE assessment will be accessible to all jurisdictions, comprising of 6 stations.
  • This alternative remote exam offers the lowest COVID-19-related risks of exam process failure and maximum feasibility of holding a rigorous clinical assessment.

For further information, please refer to the communiques that were sent on Friday 17 July.

OSCE update from the Education Committee - for trainees

OSCE update from the Education Committee - for SIMG

Further updates will be provided as more details become available.

The Committee for Examinations is working very hard to develop this assessment model as a priority. In this environment of uncertainty, this exam will drive the way forward for OSCE modelling in 2021 and ensure that we have the resources including the right technical enhancements to meet the needs of our trainees and SIMGs.

Please contact with any questions.

October Essay-Style Examination and November MCQ Examination dates announced

The Essay-style Examination will be held on Wednesday 21 October 2020.

The Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Examination will be held on Wednesday 25 November 2020.

Further information and details will be sent out shortly.

Trainees in the RANZCP Fellowship Program must successfully complete all the following College-administered assessments to obtain Fellowship.

Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) assessed as Partially Comparable must successfully complete some of these College-administered assessments.

.Requirements of the Partial Comparability Placement

 Trainees and SIMGs must also complete assessments in their workplace.

.Assessments - workplace

Assessment Description Type Timing
MCQ Exam Multiple-choice computer-based exam Summative assessment Recommended for Stage 2. Should be passed by 36 months FTE training. 
Essay-style Exam Paper-based written exam Summative assessment

Recommended for Stage 3. Should be passed by 60 months FTE training. 

OSCE Practical clinical exam Summative assessment Recommended for Stage 3. Should be passed by 60 months FTE training. 
Psychotherapy Written Case One long psychotherapy intervention, with a written case report Summative assessment Should be passed by 60 months FTE training. 
Scholarly Project Original research in an area relevant to psychiatry Summative assessment Plan the project early in training. Should be passed by 60 months FTE training.


Formative assessments are part of the training process – they provide information that indicates how a candidate is progressing and feedback into training delivery.

Summative assessments are intended to evaluate a candidate's knowledge and skills after delivery of training.