Fellowship of RANZCOG examinations

Find everything you need to know about examinations for the Fellowship of RANZCOG (FRANZCOG) specialist training program.

Dates and registration

Trainees undertaking the FRANZCOG training program must complete a written and oral examination.

All examination and registration dates for 2024 have been confirmed, as detailed in the table below.

A link to an online registration form will be visible if applications are currently open for your preferred examination date.

Written examination

Examination dateApplications openApplications closeRegistration link
Friday
2 February 2024
ClosedClosedClosed
Monday
22 July 2024
Wednesday
20 March 2024
Tuesday
9 April 2024
Not yet open

Oral examination

Examination dateApplications openApplications closeRegistration link
Sunday
17 March 2024
ClosedClosedClosed
Sunday
11 August 2024
Wednesday
20 March 2024
Tuesday
9 April 2024
Not yet open
Sunday
10 November 2024
Wednesday
20 March 2024
Tuesday
9 April 2024
Not yet open

Applications close at 5:00 PM AEST. Late applications will not be accepted.

Specialist International Medical Graduates who wish to sit the written and oral examinations in the same semester must apply for both examinations by the stipulated closing dates.

For more information on examination dates and registration, please contact the Examinations and Assessment team at: assessment@ranzcog.edu.au.


Fees

Examination fees are payable in Australian dollars (AUD), and are not subject to Australian GST.

Examination fees
Fee
$AUD
Frequency
FRANZCOG Written Examination
$2,636
Payable when registration confirmed
FRANZCOG Oral Examination
$5,039
Payable when registration confirmed

Online application process

Please follow the steps below to apply online.

Submit your online expression of interest to sit the examination

Please see the relevant Dates and Registration section above

All expressions of interest are subject to eligibility checking after the closing date of applications

Once checking has been finalised, you will receive a letter from the College advising of your eligibility to sit the examination (within six weeks after applications have closed)

Upon receiving the eligibility outcome, you must pay the examination fees within seven days to finalise your examination application

Please advise the Examinations and Assessment team via email (assessment@ranzcog.edu.au):

If you have a sponsor for the examination

If you wish to withdraw from an examination after submitting your application

Before submitting your application, please refer to the RANZCOG Regulations (sections B4–B5 on the FRANZCOG Examinations) for more information on topics such as eligibility, availability of places and withdrawals.


Eligibility

According to the Examinations Policy and Procedure (Section 1.8), applications to sit the examination will only be considered where the applicant has met all eligibility requirements.

Where demand exceeds the examination capacity, eligibility will be determined based on the predetermined Oral Examination Prioritisation Criteria as follows:

A candidate who is subject to Progression Review Committee conditions

A candidate who commenced training prior to 1 December 2013 (old cohort)

A candidate who has 184 weeks of satisfactorily approved credited training time

A candidate who has 138 weeks or more of satisfactorily approved credited training time

A candidate who is a specialist international medical graduate (SIMG)

A candidate who has less than 138 weeks of approved credited training will be selected based on the highest weeks of satisfactorily approved credited training time at the time of registration

Following the above criteria being met and should there be too many candidates to fill the final places, and there are a group of candidates with the same number of satisfactorily approved credited training time, a ballot will be applied to allocate to fill the remaining places.

Please refer to the RANZCOG Regulations for more information on eligibility requirements:


Format

Trainees undertaking the FRANZCOG training program must complete a written and oral examination.

Any requests for examination accommodations must be made by an application for special consideration, accompanied by evidence of the exceptional grounds for the application.

Written examination

The FRANZCOG written examination uses a combination of short-answer and multiple-choice questions to assess your knowledge and understanding of the curriculum. This is a computer-based examination delivered at examination centres.

AssessmentMarksTime
Short-answer component
(relative weighting: 64%)
Part 1:
6 questions
90 marks2 hours
Break
30 minutes
Part 2:
6 questions
90 marks2 hours
Break
1 hour
Multiple-choice component
(relative weighting: 36%)

100 questions

100 marks

2 hours

Total:

280 marks

7 hours 30 minutes

Oral examination

As of October 2022, the FRANZCOG oral examination is delivered face-to-face at a venue in Melbourne, using a structured oral examination format.

AssessmentTime*
10 stations, each involving:

– 4 minutes for reading
– 12 minutes for examination
– 20 marks

Total: 200 marks
2 hours 40 minutes

*Please note that this time does not include any candidate rest stations that may be required.

At each station, you will be assessed according to a global (holistic) scoring method, against a combination of the following domains:

History and examination

Investigations and interpreting results

Treatment/management

Clinical knowledge

Complex, urgent or unusual clinical presentations

Appropriate prioritisation of patient management

Rapport with patient, support person and/or colleague

Respect of patient, support person and/or colleague

Communication skills


Resources

Trainees can access a range of general and specific resources to prepare for the FRANZCOG examinations.

General resources

Written examination resources

RANZCOG online assessment portal

Additional resources for the written examination can be found via the RANZCOG online assessment portal, including:

Short-answer question examination guide

reviews of recent questions

commentaries from examination coordinators

an overall indication of what is expected

Multiple-choice examination questions

access to 100 multiple-choice examination questions from the RANZCOG question bank

questions may appear in the written examination

Examination revision courses

The College organises written examination revision courses. For more information, please contact your local office in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.

Oral examination resources

Previous examination summaries

Summaries from previous oral examinations are available via the links below.

Please note that these previous examinations followed a different format to the current oral examination.


Examinations platform

Click the button below for information on the RISR/Assess (Formerly called Practique) written examination platform, and to access the demo site.


Results

Trainees will be advised of the release date for results at a pre-examination Q&A webinar held prior to the examination.

On this date, you will be able to access your results by logging into Integrate with your five-digit RANZCOG ID number and your password.

The College recommends accessing your Integrate account well before the release date to confirm your login details. To reset your password, please click the ‘Forgotten password’ link.

Please note that the College has several checks in place to ensure that all examination results are correct prior to release. As such, the College does not remark examinations unless a procedural error has been identified.


Policies and procedures

The below policies relate to examinations and may be of interest. More information on examinations can also be found in the RANZCOG Regulations (sections B4–B5 on the FRANZCOG Examinations).


Contact

Technical support

For technical support relating to examination applications and results, please contact: help@ranzcog.edu.au or 03 9114 3905.

General enquiries

For general enquiries, please contact the Examinations and Assessment team via email at: assessment@ranzcog.edu.au

Our team can assist you with:

withdrawing an examination application

rescheduling an examination (due to COVID-19 or another reason)

examination accommodations and special consideration

examination sponsorship (e.g. workplace support)



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