The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Written Examination
Please note that the Pearson VUE COVID-19 regulations do not apply to RANZCP candidates. RANZCP candidates are to observe the following depending on where they have registered to sit their exam:
- At Cliftons in Melbourne and Geelong, candidates will be turned away if they are not wearing a face mask when they arrive to the venue as per the Local Government Guidance. Each candidate at these two venues will also be required to wear a face mask during the examination period. Candidates who require exemption in wearing a face mask will need to apply for special consideration by email as a matter of urgency via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For other Cliftons venues or regional sites, candidates are not required to wear a face mask during the examination period, unless the Local Government Guidance stipulates the requirement of mandatory face masks.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is a membership organisation that is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand.
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The written exams are summative assessments of the Fellowship Program to test the application of knowledge. There are two exams, both set at a junior consultant standard. The Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam assesses knowledge. The Essay-style exam assesses the application of knowledge and the capacity for critical thinking.
The MCQ exam comprises Extended Matching Questions (EMQs) and Critical Analysis Problems (CAPs) and will cover foundational knowledge in psychiatry sampled from the Stage 1 and Stage 2 syllabuses. The examination is 190 minutes in duration. The total marks allocated are 180.
From August 2015, the MCQ exam will be a computer-based test. All trainees will be required to undertake the exam on a computer at a Pearson VUE testing centre.
The Essay-style exam comprises Modified Essay Questions (MEQs) and a Critical Essay Question (CEQ). Trainees must pass the CEQ component in order to be eligible to pass the Essay-style exam. The examination is 180 minutes in duration, excluding 10 minutes reading time. The total marks allocated are 180.
The Essay-style exam is a paper-based test. All trainees will be required to undertake the exam at a Pearson VUE testing centre.
Further information on the 2012 Fellowship Program written exams can be found in the Written Examinations Policy and Procedure (Examinations Chapter).
Application and Scheduling
Once an applicant has received email confirmation of eligibility from the College, they must register with Pearson VUE to sit the written examination(s) during the registration period as per the Examination Timetable.
When registering for an exam, Pearson VUE will list the locations and availability of local testing centres relative to the applicant’s address. Applicants may also browse the locations across Australia and New Zealand and may request a place across multiple test centres by order of preference. Places at the test centres will be allocated in the order in which registrations are received. Pearson VUE will confirm via email whether an applicant has received a place at an examination testing centre and the location on completion of the registration process.
Should an applicant need to change their test centre location, they are able to do so during the registration period.
Applicants should contact the Pearson VUE call centre if they have difficulty registering for a place at a testing centre.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they have registered with Pearson VUE during the registration period, and that they been confirmed for a place by Pearson VUE. Any refunds due to a lack of registration with Pearson VUE will be made in line with the RANZCP Examination Cancellation and Refund Schedule.
The College and/or its providers reserve the right to change the location of an applicant’s testing centre where required in exceptional circumstances.
For more information please refer to the RANZCP Exam Centre webpage.
To view the result release dates for the Written Exams, Essay Exam and the MCQ Exam, please refer to the RANZCP website.