Modified Essay Questions (MEQ) Examination

This page contains information about about the Modified Essay Questions Examination (MEQ exam).

About the exam

This exam assesses capacity for critical thinking about clinical practice and the application of clinical knowledge.

It is set at the standard expected at the end of Stage 3.

This exam is a summative assessment and is a requirement of the RANZCP Fellowship Program.

Structure and format

The MEQ exam is a paper-based, hand-written exam completed at a testing centre.

The exam asks you to respond to 4–6 modified essay questions, worth up to 38 marks each (total 125 marks).

You are allowed 150 minutes to complete the exam, including reading time.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for the MEQ exam after you have completed 18 months FTE training.

The RANZCP recommends that you take the exam in Stage 3, as it is set at the standard expected at the end of Stage 3.

You should have successfully completed the exam by 60 months FTE training.

Exam Dates

Tuesday 16 August 2022

For more details, please refer to the exam timetable.

How to apply

Applications for the August MEQ are now open, and close on 17 June 2022 at 5 pm AEDT.

No late applications will be accepted.

►Apply via InTrain


For exam day

Contingency plans for 22 February 2022 exam

Lockdowns or other movement restrictions introduced ▼
Positive COVID-19 test or self-isolation requirement ▼
Unable to attend the exam ▼
Density changes ▼
COVID-19 safety measures ▼

Support

The College is mindful of the stress associated with examinations and the welfare of trainees and SIMGs. The RANZCP website has information about a variety of supports that may be accessed.

These include discussing issues with your DOT, principal supervisor and the confidential welfare support line on 1800 941 002 (AUS) or 0800 220 728 (NZ).

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 drivers licence (must be original and unexpired – not a photocopy or digital ID).

Incident reports

If an incident occurs during your examination that could affect your performance or the outcome of the examination, please complete an Incident Report form within 5 working days of taking the exam.

Incident report form – February 2022

A response to your incident report will be included in your result letter.


Results

Results are released on the dates specified in the examination timetable.

When released, results are published on the Results, timetables, fees page.

Individual result letters are made available via MyRANZCP.


Preparing for the exam

Past Modified Essay Questions

Past Modified Essay Questions

Background, advice and tips for the MEQ

Purpose of the MEQ, how questions are prepared and tips for the MEQ – Congress Workshop 2018, Dr Jill Reddan [PDF; 56 KB]

Podcast 

Preparing for the Modified Essay Questions (MEQ) Examination

Resources

A behind-the-scenes look at the Writtens Examinations [PDF, 635 KB]

Marking guide

The documents below are used by examiners to mark the Modified Essay Questions. They are not used as checklists for candidate responses, but as a useful guide for examiners to follow. There may be times when other correct answers may emerge during the marking process.

MEQ Instructions to Examiners [PDF; 27 KB]


Policies

For detailed policies, please refer to Essay examinations under Examinations of the 2012 Fellowship Program regulations, policies and procedures.


Contact

meq@ranzcp.org


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