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  • The AMC CAT MCQ Exam/Computer Adaptive Test is a computer-administered fully integrated multi-choice question examination delivered in one 3.5-hour session in examination centres worldwide.
  • The examination consists of 150 A-type MCQs (one correct response from five options) —120 scored items and 30 (non-scored) pilot items.
    • It focuses on essential medical knowledge involving understanding of the disease process; clinical examination and diagnosis; and investigation, therapy and management.
  • You are expected to complete all 150 items and must complete the 120 scored items.
    • Failure to complete all 120 scored items in the examination may lead to insufficient information for a reliable determination of your ability and therefore a result on the AMC adaptive scale.
    • The examination result is recorded as ‘Fail —Insufficient data to obtain result’.
  • The content blueprint (the number of questions on each patient group) for the examination follows:
Patient groups
Adult Health (Medicine)Adult Health (Surgery)Women’s Health (Obs/Gyn)Child HealthMental HealthPopulation HealthTotal

How to apply for the AMC MCQ Exam

  1. You apply to the AMC for authorisation to schedule for a MCQ examination event, either online or by requesting a paper form. You will be issued with a 12-month authorisation to schedule for one MCQ examination event covered in that 12-month period.
  2. Apply online.
  3. Request a MCQ Examination Form via our Contact Form.
  4. Download the step-by-step guide on how to apply for the AMC MCQ Examination (PDF 328 kb).

Access to AMC computer-administered examinations

  • The AMC computer-administered MCQ examination is delivered in Australia and in authorised centres internationally by the computer vendor—Pearson VUE.
    • As a United States–registered company, Pearson VUE must comply with the economic and trade sanctions administered and enforced by the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
  • A number of countries are subject to economic and trade sanctions administered and enforced by OFAC. Residents from these sanctioned countries are in some cases not allowed to schedule or sit for the AMC MCQ examination unless they can provide proof of primary residency in a non-sanctioned country.
  • For the latest information, please refer to the OFAC website.

AMC MCQ Exam  preparation

  • The AMC has produced several publications, not only to assist international medical graduates to prepare for the AMC examinations, but also as an essential tool for clinical practice.
  • You can purchase AMC textbooks from our online store and view other helpful publications in the suggested reading list.
  • As part of your preparation for the MCQ examination, you should:

AMC MCQ Trial Examination

  • The MCQ Trial Examination includes a selection of 50 multiple-choice questions from the Handbook of Multiple Choice Questions.
    • The standard of the examination is set at the level of a graduating Australian medical student.
  • The AMC is developing new software to improve the current online MCQ Trial Examination.
  • During this development period, the AMC is waiving the fee of $25 for the online MCQ Trial Examination and making the trial free.
  • When completed, features of the new system will include:
    • Inclusion of new questions with frequent updates
    • Improved feedback to users following answer selection
    • The ability to access the Trial Examination using mobile devices
  • Further information regarding the implementation of the new system will be notified on the AMC website when available.
  • The AMC hopes the initiative of making the current online MCQ Trial Examination free, and developing improved trial examination software will be of benefit to AMC candidates and other users.
  • The requirements for the MCQ Trial Examination are:
    1. You must complete this examination within 83 minutes allocated
    2. You cannot close the browser window once you begin
    3. You cannot pause the examination process once you begin.

AMC MCQ Exam Procedures

  • You must read the Pearson VUE Professional Examination Rules (PDF 28KB) before entering the AMC MCQ examination venue.
  • Personal items: Do not bring the following items to the MCQ examination event
    1. tissues (e.g. Kleenex)
    2. paper of any kind
    3. pens/pencils
    4. rulers.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off and placed in the allocated area of the room.
  • Bags must be placed in the allocated area of the room.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the computer examination room.
  • The venue will provide a whiteboard and pen for making notes. The whiteboard will be collected by examination supervisors at the completion of the examination.
  • Family members are not allowed to wait in the examination venue. They must wait outside the building of the examination venue.
  • Candidates undertaking the AMC MCQ examination event must review the information in the MCQ Examination Specifications booklet.
  • Conduct of candidates:
    • You must comply with the instructions of MCQ examination supervisors during examinations. Failure to do so will constitute a breach of examination procedures and may result in action being taken against you. You are expected to conduct yourself courteously in examinations, in correspondence and in personal contact with examiners, employees or agents of the AMC. If you do not comply with the instructions of an examination supervisor or if your conduct is disruptive or is considered by the AMC to have been outside the bounds of reasonable and decent behaviour you may be debarred from continuing with the examination.
    • You may not use any books or examination material in the examination. If you are found to be giving, receiving or recording information during an examination, you will not be permitted to continue in the examination and may forfeit your eligibility to sit future AMC examinations.
    • Under Australian law, copyright of all examination materials rests with the Australian Medical Council. No part of any examinations may be reproduced, stored or transmitted by any means.
    • Any attempt to reproduce examination materials will be considered a breach of examination procedures and constitutes a breach of Australian copyright law. The AMC Board of Directors will investigate any such breaches and the AMC may take action against individual candidates that may include:
      1. withholding or cancellation of the results of the candidate involved
      2. suspension of candidature for a period to be determined
      3. termination of eligibility to sit future AMC examinations for the purposes of registration
      4. reporting breaches of examination rules to the Medical Board of Australia
      5. legal action to recover the cost of the examination material involved.
    • While the AMC provides examination venues to candidates undertaking the examination process, it does not provide ‘prayer rooms’ for candidates on the day of the examination. If you require a quiet place, you must make your own arrangements. The examination cannot be delayed for the observance of religious requirements. You will be in breach of the examination process if you remain in the examination venue when directed to leave.
  • Technical issues:
    • As the AMC MCQ Examination is computer-administered, the AMC and the computer vendor will make every effort to ensure a smooth and orderly examination administration. However, the AMC will take into account extraordinary circumstances beyond its control, such as a significant power outage, computer malfunctions or network difficulty.
    • Where technical issues prevent a candidate from completing the examination under standard conditions, the AMC Board of Directors may review the results of the quality assurance procedures and the statistical analyses of candidate responses to determine whether the results obtained by a candidate reliably reflect their true level of ability. The Board of Directors may also order a new examination to be undertaken. No additional examination fee will be charged.
    • The AMC will not be responsible for any other costs associated with the examination, including travel costs.

AMC MCQ exam events

  • Pearson VUE provides the venues for the AMC MCQ Examination and controls the online scheduling for AMC candidates to obtain an examination event appointment.
  • The 12-month authorisation allows you to select the most suitable MCQ examination event. You can change examination events and venues without penalty before the closing date for the event, but no changes will be allowed after the closing date.

AMC MCQ exam Scheduling

  • Once you have received an email from Pearson VUE confirming your authorisation, you may schedule for an AMC MCQ examination event by selecting one of the following options:
    • Pearson VUE online candidate scheduling system
    • Pearson VUE Contact Centres.
  • You can schedule into only one of the MCQ examination events covered in your authorisation. Some examination venues have very limited seat capacity, so places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. It is vital that you schedule immediately after you have received your authorisation notification.
  • Once you have scheduled your examination event with Pearson VUE, the AMC will email you an official AMC placement letter. This letter may be helpful for obtaining a travel visa (if required).

AMC MCQ exam Rescheduling or cancelling

  • You may change or cancel your MCQ examination event or venue selection before the event closing date, provided there is a seat available in your preferred venue. No applications for cancellation or rescheduling will be accepted after the closing date. If you do not cancel or reschedule before the closing date you will forfeit your authorisation and payment.
  • The AMC will accept a cancellation of an authorisation only in exceptional circumstances.
  • Exceptional circumstances include:
    • a medical illness or injury which prevents a candidate from sitting a MCQ examination within their 12-month authorisation period—documentary evidence in the form of a medical certificate is required
    • domestic circumstances which prevents a candidate from sitting an MCQ examination within their 12-month authorisation period—documentary evidence in the form of a statutory declaration or affidavit stating why you are unable to sit a MCQ examination within your 12-month authorisation period is required.
  • You must send the documentary evidence to the AMC attached to the Cancellation of Authorisation form. To obtain this form, send a request via our Contact Form.
  • Click here to view the available MCQ examination dates.

Proof of identity requirements for the AMC MCQ exam

  • You must provide two forms of identity (ID) documentation to enter the examination venue:
    • The primary identity document must contain your photograph and signature.
    • The secondary identity document must contain your signature.
  • Acceptable primary ID documents (photo and signature) include:
    1. drivers licence
    2. passport
    3. state/county identification card
    4. alien registration card (green card, permanent residents visa).
  • Standard secondary ID documents (signature) include:
    1. credit card, bank/ATM card
    2. US social security card
    3. any primary ID as listed above.
  • Both your primary and secondary ID documents must contain your signature and your primary ID document must also contain your photograph.
  • You will be required to present your ID documentation at reception. Failure to do so may result in your being denied entry to the examination.
  • You must complete the biometrics process to confirm your identification. You will not be allowed in the examination room until the process is complete. The biometrics procedure steps are:
    1. You provide the required primary and secondary ID documentation.
    2. Testing centre staff check your ID documentation.
    3. Testing centre staff capture your signature and verify that signatures match.
    4. Testing centre staff capture your photograph.
    5. Testing centre staff usher you to examination room.
  • You need to have your primary and secondary ID documentation with you when seated at a computer to be admitted to the examination.
  • The AMC no longer issues ID entrance tickets to candidates. All candidates must complete the biometrics process to confirm their identification.

AMC MCQ exam  venues

  • Pearson VUE conduct the CAT MCQ examination on behalf of the Australian Medical Council (AMC). AMC CAT MCQ examination events are held at various venues in Australia and other countries.
  • The Pearson VUE test centres which administer AMC CAT MCQ examinations have been selected based on the high security standards which are enforced.
  • Please see attached link for a list of examination venues: www.vue.com/amc
  • At all venues, candidates must arrive at least 30 minutes before the appointment time.

AMC MCQ exam results

  • The AMC MCQ Examination results are processed and issued by the AMC and not Pearson VUE.
  • The candidate numbers of all candidates who obtained a pass in the MCQ examination event will be published here.
  • The AMC will send the AMC examination results (AMC results letter and candidate feedback sheet) to candidates by mail to the address recorded on the candidate tracking system.
  • If your address has changed, please inform the AMC one week before the date allocated to mail out results, by calling the AMC Call Centre at +61 2 6270 7878, or by completing a Notification of Change of Address Form.
  • Latest results: AMC MCQ results are published approximately 4 weeks after the examination and will remain for a period of 4 weeks, after which time they will be removed.

Also read:

  1. Overview of AMC Exam
  2. AMC exam application: AMC Portfolio & documents verification
  3. AMC Standard Pathway
  4. AMC Specialist Pathway
  5. AMC Clinical Examination

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