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.
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 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:
withholding or cancellation of the results of the candidate involved
suspension of candidature for a period to be determined
termination of eligibility to sit future AMC examinations for the purposes of registration
reporting breaches of examination rules to the Medical Board of Australia
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.
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.
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.