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.
UPDATE: The November 2020 MCQ Exam will be a paper-based exam.
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
Applications for the November 2020 MCQ Examination are now open and will close on Friday 2 October.
Exam support resources
Preparation and advice for the written examinations is available under 4.6 of the Written Examinations Policy and Procedure.
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 exam, you must provide valid identification documents [PDF; 112 KB] before you will be allowed to sit the exam.
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.
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