To be eligible to present candidates must:
The First Part Examination is held twice each year and comprises of a written and oral component. The written section may be taken in cities of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The oral section is generally held in Melbourne however may be in another major city at the discretion of the Board.
Dates and venues are subject to change.
Your will need the following documents in order to apply to sit the exam:
View Exam Reports Below.
For trainees who are sitting the first sitting of First Part Examination in 2024 (March/May), please refer to the Third Edition of the syllabus. The Fourth Edition which was approved by the College Board in November 2023 will be effective from the second sitting of 2024 (August/November).
CICM First Part Syllabus Third Edition (2017)
Marking Rubric examples for First Part Candidates
Head over to the Educational Resources to learn more about VIVA Practice Exams.
First Part FAQs
A candidate who presents for either the written or oral component has a maximum of five attempts. If unsuccessful on the fifth attempt the candidate will not be eligible for further examination candidacy and will no longer be registered as a trainee.
There are two papers each consisting of 10 short answer questions (SAQ) and 50 multiple choice questions (MCQ). The time allowed for each paper is 2.5 hours and this allows approximately ten minutes per SAQ and approximately 50 minutes for the 50 MCQ.
Basic stationery such as pens (blue and/or black pens only), rulers, erasers, and non-programmable calculators, and analogue clocks/watches (must be silent and not internet-capable). Answer booklets are provided by the College.
NOTE: Programmable calculators, personal computers, mobile phones, smart/sport watches, digital clocks/timers with sound and internet capabilities, and other electronic equipment may not be taken into any section of the examination.
Candidates must achieve a mark of at least 45% in BOTH SAQ and MCQ sections (to be invited to the oral section).
If a candidate is invited to the oral section under the 45% rule and are unsuccessful, they are required to re-sit the written section at their next attempt.
(a) Achieve a mark of at least 45% in the written section (to be invited to the oral section),
(b) Achieve a total score of at least 50%.
Written results can take up to four weeks to prepare and are sent to candidates via email. Results will not be given over the phone.
Oral section results are handed to candidates in a sealed envelope at the completion of the examination (times to be specified by College staff on the day). Collection of final results is not mandatory and an alternative method can be easily arranged.
A viva is a 12 minute encounter that tests knowledge of basic sciences, the ability to apply these basic sciences to a clinical setting and the ability to understand monitoring equipment.
Two minutes are allocated to read the introductory questions outside each viva station and 10 minutes are spent discussing the topic with one or two examiners.
The report provides candidates, tutors and Supervisors of Training with information about the examination. Answers provided are not model answers but guides to what was expected for a particular question.