To be eligible to present candidates must:
The Second 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 or other areas. The oral section is held in a single major centre.
Dates are subject to change.
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Second Part Exam FAQs
There are two papers each consisting of 15 short answer questions (SAQ). The time allowed for each paper is 2.5 hours and this allows approximately ten minutes per SAQ.
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.
Angoff cut-off mark
A hot case is a 20 minute patient encounter that focuses on a clinical problem. Candidates will be asked to carry out a physical examination of patients with acute medical or surgical problems in an intensive care unit and then discuss with the examiners.
A viva is a 12 minute encounter with an examiner to test knowledge of basic and more difficult questions that allows demonstration of an appropriate level of competence, management, etc.
Some vivas stations will test:
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.
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.
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.