Changes to the AMC Clinical Examination Retest

The Australian Medical Council has recently reviewed procedures regarding the offering of a Clinical Exam Retest to AMC Candidates. Please see the full press release here for more information.

Notification on the AMC Clinical Examination Scoring

The Australian Medical Council (AMC) Directors have recently approved the removal of the compulsory station passing requirement from the AMC Clinical Examination.

The compulsory station passing requirement previously required at least one pass in a Child Health station and one pass in a Women's Health station to pass the overall clinical examination. This will no longer be a requirement.

Candidates will rotate through a series of 20 stations, 16 of which will be assessed, and will undertake a variety of clinical tasks. All candidates in a clinical examination session will be assessed against the same stations.

Women's Health and Child Health stations will remain part of the examination with candidates still rotating through a series of 20 stations and undertaking a variety of clinical tasks. The 20 stations will be comprised of 14 scored stations, 2 pilot (non-scored) stations, and 4 rest (non-scored) stations. The 4 non-scored rest stations allow candidates an opportunity to have a break at predetermined intervals.

As with the AMC Multiple-Choice-Question (MCQ) examination and pilot questions, the clinical examination pilot stations will not be identified to candidates during the examination.

The new policy is effective from examinations commencing in February 2018.

In summary the new Clinical examination scoring model from the February 2018 examinations will be as follows:

CLEAR PASS = 11/14

RETEST = 10/14 OR 9/14

FAIL = 8 OR LESS/14

* No requirement to pass at least one Child Health or Women's Health station
* There will be 4 rest stations

The current clinical retest examination standard will remain as 6/8 stations for a PASS. No pilot stations will be used in the retest examination.

For more detailed information on the clinical specifications including mark sheets, click here to download the Clinical Examination Specifications.