MCQ examination procedures

You must read the Pearson VUE Professional Examination Rules (PDF 28KB) before entering the AMC MCQ examination venue.

Personal items

Do not bring the following items to the MCQ examination event:

  • tissues (e.g. Kleenex)
  • paper of any kind
  • pens/pencils
  • rulers.

Mobile phones must be switched off and placed in the allocated area of the room.

Bags must be placed in the allocated area of the room.

Food and drinks are not allowed in the computer examination room.

The venue will provide a whiteboard and pen for making notes. The whiteboard will be collected by examination supervisors at the completion of the examination.

Family members are not allowed to wait in the examination venue. They must wait outside the building of the examination venue.

Candidates undertaking the AMC MCQ examination event must review the information in the MCQ Examination Specifications booklet.

Conduct of candidates

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.

Technical issues

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.