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 New Zealand. The oral section is generally held in Melbourne however may be in another major city at the discretion of the Board. Dates are subject to change.
Applications for the 2021.1 sitting closes 5pm Tuesday 19 January 2021.
Trainees should email Exams if they wish to apply. In order to receive an exam application online form, trainees should have the following details and documentation enclosed in the email for review:
View Exam Reports Below.
For trainees who are sitting the First Part Examination in August/October 2018 and onwards, please use the Third Edition of the Syllabus.
CICM First Part Syllabus Third Edition (2017)
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.