Clinical examination format

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.

AMC Clinical Examination Format – Change to Pass Score

With the removal of the clinical exam retest from 1 January 2019, the AMC will change the pass score for the clinical examination for all candidates who sit the clinical examination after 1 January 2019.

Effective for exams commencing on 20 February 2019, the clinical examination pass score will be changed from 11/14 to 10/14.

Clinical Exam Format

The format of the clinical examination will remain the same, there will be 20 stations comprising 14 scored stations, 2 pilot (non-scored) stations and 4 rest (non-scored) stations. Further information on the format of the clinical examination can be found in the Clinical Examination Specifications, please click here..

Reason for Change to Pass Score

Prior to 1 January 2019 the clinical exam retest was offered to AMC candidates who were assessed as having a borderline performance to allow the AMC to further assess candidate ability. However, candidates often leave long periods between their initial undertaking of the clinical examination and undertaking the retest. The result of a lag between the two is that the retest becomes less meaningful and does not provide any additional indication of candidate ability.

The AMC has decided that it is preferable that a candidate’s performance in the clinical examination is scored as a pass or fail overall.

In conjunction with the change to the required pass score, the AMC is developing a new feedback model for candidates who sit the clinical examination which will be introduced in 2019.

Outline of Change to Pass Score from 1 January 2019:

Clinical scoring model
Pass 10 or more/14
Fail 9 or less/14
Retest Retest no longer offered


  1. The revised pass score only applies to clinical examinations after 1 January 2019. It will not be applied retrospectively to candidates who undertook the clinical examination prior to 1 January 2019 and scored 10/14 – such candidates will continue to be offered the option of a retest, but are required to undertake the retest by 31 December 2019.
  1. A Retest will NOT be offered to candidates undertaking the AMC clinical examination after 1 January 2019

Further Information

If you have any questions please contact the AMC Clinical team via our Contact Form with details of your enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

For more information on the removal of the clinical retest click here.