AMC Clinical Examination FAQs
- When will scheduling open for the online clinical examinations?
The AMCs priority is to offer examinations to all candidates who have payments retained with the AMC and were scheduled in the postponed 2020 examinations. Should there be an opportunity to fill any remaining available spaces, the AMC will send a communication to all candidates. All available information can be found at clinical examination scheduling.
Following a successful launch of the online clinical examination, scheduling will commence according to the above.
- Where will the online clinical examinations be held?
The online clinical examination will initially be delivered online via the Zoom platform for candidates residing in Australia only, therefore candidates are not required to travel to a testing centre. Refer to clinical examination requirements for information.
- Will the fees remain the same?
The current examination fees are available on the fees and charges web page.
- Is there any chance of earlier recommencement for previously scheduled candidate?
Candidates who were scheduled in the postponed Clinical examinations between March and June 2020 will receive priority scheduling based on the date and chronological order of their originally scheduled examination. To be eligible, candidates must not have withdrawn their position and must still be residing in Australia. Scheduling will be offered based on the order of the originally scheduled examinations.
- How will candidates be assessed for their clinical examination skills (i.e. performing examinations of body systems)? Will this simply be verbally assessed?
The format of examination stations has been developed for online delivery. The assessment blueprint and criteria remain the same as the in-person examination with the exception of hands-on components of physical examination. The candidate will be required to exhibit clinical reasoning, interpretation and detailed description of physical examination techniques and process. The candidate may be delivering this information to either the examiner, patient, family member, carer or health professional.
- When will exams be open for overseas candidates?
Once the examination is being delivered successfully in Australia the timeline for the delivery of examinations overseas will be approached. In the meantime, the AMC is researching methods to deliver the examination overseas with specific focus on internet reliability and time zone differences.
- Why are candidates unable to use Apple devices?
Apple computers that can run (boot) using Windows 10 operating system can be used. However, Apple computers running iOS are not supported for the examination. Personal mobile devices such as mobile phones or tablets cannot be used for the examination.
- When the National Test Centre (NTC) in Melbourne will reopen?
The AMC has investigated and modelled options for delivering examinations during the Covid-19 pandemic such as reopening the NTC and using alternate venues to deliver the clinical examination. As part of this effort to assist candidates an examination was able to be conducted in Canberra in December 2020. However, while possible, these in-person approaches remain susceptible to COVID-19 outbreaks. The AMC will not schedule candidates into examinations at the risk of then having the examinations cancelled due to an outbreak. With situations possibly changing quickly and unexpectedly on a day-to-day basis this could negatively impact candidates. As such, the AMC is currently dedicating significant resourcing to delivering an online clinical examination that is accessible to candidates and less susceptible to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is intended that when the NTC can be reopened the online examination will continue as part of the AMC assessment pathway.
- How long is my MCQ result valid for?
There is no time limit on any part of the AMC examination process.
- What is the scheduling process for the examination?
Refer to clinical examination scheduling for information
- Can I apply for the Clinical examination via a paper form?
Paper applications for the Clinical examination are not available.
- How will I know if my application was correctly submitted online?
Your Candidate portal status will change to – Scheduled in a Clinical examination. Your placement letter and payment receipt will be available to download after confirmation of payment transfer.
- How do I make payment?
After you have scheduled your position online you will be prompted to a payment screen where you will be able to make the payment by credit card.
- What if I can’t make payment immediately or on time?
You will have 15 minutes to process your payment by using a credit card otherwise your placement will be forfeited.
- Will I receive a receipt for my payment and the Placement letter?
Yes. If your payment is successful you will be able to download your payment receipt and the Placement letter through your AMC candidate portal.
- What should I do if I am unable to download my Placement letter or payment receipt for the Clinical examination?
You should contact the AMC Clinical Examination Section using the Contact Form, for your Placement letter or payment receipt to be sent through email.
- Can I apply for two examinations at a time?
No. The new online scheduling system will not allow you to make more than one application at a time.
- If I fail, how long will I have to wait before I can sit again?
Once you have received your results from the scheduled examination, you can apply for the next available Clinical Examination at which you wish to appear.
- If I withdraw from the AMC Clinical Examination, will it count against me in future series?
- How do I place myself on the cancellation list?
Once the examination placements have been filled, the AMC will compile a cancellation list. To be put on this list, candidates must email via the Contact Form. (Please note telephone requests will not be accepted).
In the event that a candidate is unable to proceed with their examination, candidates on the cancellation list will be contacted to fill the available position. The cancellation list does not guarantee an examination placement and is only valid for the month that is open for scheduling.
- What if I want to change the Clinical examination date after confirmation of my placement?
The AMC does not allow transfers to alternate examination dates; however you can withdraw from the Clinical examination any time prior to the examination – fees will apply.
- How do I apply for the withdrawal from the Clinical examination?
In order to withdraw from the Clinical examination you are required to complete the Clinical Examination withdrawal form and send it back to the AMC prior to the examination.
- If I withdraw from the AMC Clinical Examination, will I get any refund?
Once you have been scheduled in the Clinical examination and then subsequently withdraw, there will be no refund – except in an exceptional circumstance as determined by the AMC Chief Executive Officer or nominee. Such applications must be made in writing, accompanied by a Doctor’s certificate or Statutory Declaration. Please note that a withdrawal due to personal circumstances, such as minor illness or travel arrangements that are the responsibility of the candidate will not be accepted as exceptional circumstances. Any refund granted following consideration, will incur an administrative fee of $300.00.
- When will my Clinical examination results be available?
Candidate feedback will be available to download from your candidate portal at 4.00pm on the next Friday, three weeks following the Clinical examination:
- 1. Log onto AMC candidate account
- 2. Select Clinical Results (at the top of the menu list)
- 3. Select the examination under the Details column
Please note: Candidates will continue to receive results letters via post, an official AMC result letter and those candidates who have passed will receive a Certificate Request Form.