Multiple Choice Question Exam

This page is for candidates wanting to find out about, apply for, prepare for and take the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Exam.

The MCQ Exam is a computer-based multiple-choice test, undertaken at a Pearson VUE testing centre.

It is a summative assessment and a Fellowship requirement of the RANZCP Fellowship program.

It is set at the standard expected at the end of Stage 3 and covers foundational knowledge in psychiatry sampled from the Stage 1 and Stage 2 syllabuses.

The exam is 190 minutes in duration and comprises:

  • 140 Extended Matching Questions (EMQs) worth 1 mark each
  • 2 Critical Analysis Problems (CAPs) worth 40 marks in total

The MCQ exam is offered twice a year. Refer to the exam timetable for dates and details.


The RANZCP recommends that trainees take the MCQ Exam in Stage 2 of training.

Trainees may apply for the MCQ Exam after they have completed 6 months FTE training as shown on their Training Record. They should have successfully completed the MCQ Exam by 36 months FTE training (by the end of Stage 2). However, successful completion is not a barrier to entering Stage 3.

Trainees must pass the MCQ Exam to begin a Certificate of Advanced Training.

How to apply

The applications for the March 2022 MCQ Examination are scheduled to open on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

Exam support resources

Practice computer-based test

The instructions to navigate and the practice test provide you with a chance to familiarise yourself with the software that will be used for the actual exam.

Sample and previous exams

MCQ Exam – sample and previous exam questions


Guideline for Critical Analysis Problems

For exam day

Proof of identity

On the day of the examination, you must provide a government issued photographic proof of identity (ID) at registration before you will be allowed to sit the exam. The ID must be either a valid passport or driver licence (must be original and unexpired – not a photocopy or digital ID).

Incident reports

If an incident occurred during your exam that could have affected your performance or the outcome of the exam, please complete an Incident Report form within 5 working days of taking the exam. A response to your incident report will be included in your result letter.


Results are released on the dates specified in the exam timetable. When released, the results are available from the Results, timetables, fees page.


For detailed policies, please refer to MCQ examinations under Examinations of the 2021 Fellowship Program regulations, policies and procedures.


Have you found the information you were looking for?