What is a CAT MCQ authorisation?
When you apply and make your payment, you are issued with an authorisation to schedule for one MCQ examination event covered in the MCQ authorisation period. You are also issued with a receipt and list of examination event dates into which you can schedule. The authorisation covers a 12-month period starting from the time of payment. You must schedule and undertake one of the MCQ examination events within your authorisation period. Failure to do so will result in your forfeiting the fee.
How do I get an MCQ authorisation?
You can apply online via the candidates portal. You can also apply by requesting a CAT MCQ Authorisation Form by emailing
What is the cost of a CAT MCQ authorisation?
All fees are listed on the fees and charges page.
What are the dates and venues for the CAT MCQ examinations?
All dates and venues are on the AMC website.
The AMC may include additional MCQ examination dates throughout a calendar year. Therefore it is important that you view the AMC website to be informed of any additional dates that you may not have been initially informed about in your MCQ authorisation period.
How do I schedule for a CAT MCQ examination?
The ‘How to Schedule’ Guide on the AMC website assists candidates with the scheduling process for the CAT MCQ examination.
Can a candidate reschedule their CAT MCQ examination?
A candidate can reschedule their current CAT MCQ examination as long as it is before the closing date. Once a closing date has passed, rescheduling, cancellations or extensions will not be permitted. To reschedule a CAT MCQ examination, the candidate will have to contact Pearson VUE to reschedule to another examination date and/or venue.
Can I get an extension on my authorisation?
The AMC does not give extensions for authorisations. Candidates have a 12-month authorisation period in which to sit a CAT MCQ examination, which gives them time to sort out any visa issues. It also gives them plenty of time for rescheduling.
Can I cancel my authorisation?
A candidate may cancel their authorisation, but only under exceptional circumstances. Every cancellation must be approved by the MCQ section manager, and only if the cancellation application has supporting documentation (a statutory declaration explaining why you must cancel or a medical certificate with the medical condition stated for the reason of cancellation). A cancellation fee will apply. All fees are listed on the website.
How do I apply for a visa for entry to Australia?
The AMC does not handle visas. If you are outside Australia, you must contact an Australian embassy or high commission.
The 12-month authorisation period gives candidates time not only to schedule and sit a CAT MCQ examination, but also to obtain a visa.
The MCQ section cannot advise on any visa issues. If your visa has still not arrived by the closing date of the current scheduled CAT MCQ examination, you may reschedule your examination. The AMC does not allow cancellation of an authorisation due to a visa issue. For further information, visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
Identification for CAT MCQ examinations
I haven’t received my entrance ticket yet?
The AMC no longer issues entrance tickets to candidates for MCQ examinations.
What identity documentation do I need to take to the examination?
The email from Pearson VUE and the AMC website state the required identification needed to sit the CAT MCQ examination.
When will my results be sent to me?
The result dates for all CAT MCQ examinations are on the AMC website.
I haven’t received my results yet.
Results are sent from the AMC on the date specified on the AMC website. Candidates who reside in Australia need to allow up to four weeks for the results to be delivered and candidates who reside overseas need to allow up to six weeks for the results to be delivered. If you have changed addresses you will need to complete a change of address form before the results are posted. The AMC will send results to the address currently on the database, so if you have not changed your address you may not receive your results and you will be charged for a duplicate copy of your results.
Can I get a copy of my results?
You can request a duplicate copy of your results if you have not received your results by the following times:
- 4 weeks after the date specified on the AMC website (candidates residing in Australia)
- 6 weeks after the date specified on the AMC website (candidates residing overseas).
To obtain a copy you have to email the MCQ section of the AMC and complete a duplicate copy of results form.
If this is your first request for a copy of your results, it will be processed free of charge; however, if you have requested a copy previously, you will be charged a fee. This request can take up to four weeks to process. Your copy will be emailed to you and it will also be sent to your residential address.
How long are my results valid for?
Once you have passed the AMC CAT MCQ Examination, your results will stay valid indefinitely. Your CAT MCQ result will never expire.
MCQ online trial examination
Where can I sit a trial MCQ examination?
The AMC has a trial MCQ examination on its website.
How often are the questions changed on the trial exam?
The trial examination is updated four times a year.
How much does it cost to do the MCQ trial examination?
The trial examination costs AUD25.
What is Pearson VUE?
Pearson VUE is the venue provider for the AMC CAT MCQ Examination. Pearson VUE also controls the online scheduling for AMC candidates to obtain an examination event appointment.