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Assessments - College-administered

COVID-19 Update

Impact on Examinations and Assessments

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the associated work-place adjustments experienced by RANZCP Trainees and Fellows, restrictions placed by the Health Authorities and Australian Government on large gatherings for non-essential activities for health care workforce and social distancing requirements, the RANZCP’s ability to schedule and provide examinations is more limited as is the capacity for candidates to prepare for examinations.

October Essay-Style Examination and November MCQ Examination dates announced

The rescheduled dates for the Essay-style and MCQ Examinations originally scheduled for July / August have been announced.

The Essay-style Examination will be held on Wednesday 21 October 2020 and the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Examination will be held on Wednesday 25 November 2020.

Please read the Communique for further details.

View the Communique from the College regarding the announced dates for the Essay-style and MCQ Examinations [PDF; 87 KB]

OSCE Examination postponed until November 2020

The OSCE, originally scheduled for Saturday, 19 September 2020, has been postponed until November 2020.

Specific dates will be communicated as soon as they are confirmed.

If you are eligible to sit for this examination, applications are anticipated to be available early July 2020. Please liaise with your Supervisor or DOT on exam preparation as well as accessing the resources on the College Exams webpages and via LearnIt.

View the Communique from the College regarding the OSCE postponement [PDF; 119 KB]

Paper-based submissions

Due to the transition of RANZCP staff to work from home arrangements, all postal items relating to Scholarly Project and Psychotherapy Written Case will not be processed. We apologise for this short notice and any inconvenience caused.

The RANZCP will start accepting emailed submissions from Monday, 6 April 2020 by email for both the Scholarly Project and Psychotherapy Written Case. This short break in accepting submissions is required for system updates. The transition to email is expected to make the submission process easier for trainees. CD copies of submissions will no longer be required.

If you presently have material in the post that has not been received and receipt confirmed by the RANZCP, please resubmit via email.

Should you have any queries or feedback please feel free to contact training@ranzcp.org or for any questions regarding the Scholarly Project or Psychotherapy Written Case submission, please contact mary.wescombe@ranzcp.org.


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.