Australian Medical Council extends partnership with Pearson VUE to deliver sophisticated computer-based examinations

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, March 9, 2016 – The Australian Medical Council has extended its partnership with computer-based testing leader Pearson VUE in a new multi-year agreement.

Ian Frank AM, chief executive officer of the Australian Medical Council, said that a key reason for choosing to enter into another multi-year agreement with Pearson VUE is the innovation offered by the use of computer adaptive testing (CAT) for the AMC MCQ exam and the tablet-based delivery of the AMC Clinical Exam.

He said: “This is a sophisticated method of testing applied medical knowledge. Computer adaptive testing alters the difficulty of questions depending on the quality of the candidate’s answers, leading to a more meaningful test of their skills and ability. Our partnership with Pearson VUE allows the AMC to build on the assessment expertise that has been developed by Pearson VUE and has given us confidence that they can continue to deliver this exam to the highest standards.”

The AMC Clinical Exam, a practical station-based OSCE exam, is delivered via a tablet-based platform at the AMC National Test Centre, which is a state-of-the-art purpose built clinical exam testing facility located in the heart of Melbourne.

Adrian Evans, vice president of Pearson VUE Australia and South East Asia, said: “I am delighted that our partnership continues to flourish with the AMC and together we are able to combine medical assessment and innovation to deliver world class medical assessment across the globe.

“This new agreement with the Australian Medical Council will continue to ensure that standards of education, training and assessment of the medical profession promote and protect the health of the Australian community and it will improve the lives and careers of medical students.”

About the Australian Medical Council
The Australian Medical Council (www.amc.org.au) is an independent national standards body for medical education and training. The AMC’s purpose is to ensure that standards of education, training and assessment of the medical profession promote and protect the health of the Australian community.

Media Contact:
Damien Fletcher
+44 (0)20 7010 2582
damien.fletcher@pearson.com

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