FRANZCOG Examinations

Trainees enrolled in the FRANZCOG Training Program must complete the FRANZCOG Written and Oral Examinations. 

The FRANZCOG Written and Oral Examinations are held twice yearly. 

2020 Examination Dates

We regret to inform that RANZCOG has made the difficult decision to cancel the October 2020 FRANZCOG Oral Examination, which was to be conducted on Sunday, 18 October 2020.  The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unpredictability and uncertainty for future RANZCOG events, and the health, safety, and wellbeing of our candidates, examiners and staff members are paramount.  Planning an examination that requires travel to Melbourne in October is no longer a viable option. This decision was made after much consideration and deliberation with relevant RANZCOG stakeholders.
Alternative options are currently being considered, by the RANZCOG Board, and Committees, to run a replacement examination in early December 2020.  Further information will be provided in due course.  RANZCOG will continue to provide a minimum of three months’ notice before any examination date is announced.

2020 Examinations
Examination  Date Applications Open  Applications Close
Written exams
Cycle 1
31 January 2020
Closed Closed
Cycle 2
23 October 2020
22 June 2020 5:00pm AEST - 20 July 2020
Oral exams
Cycle 1
17 May 2020 - deferred
Closed Closed
Cycle 2
No late applications will be accepted.
*An additional registration period for the FRANZCOG Oral Examination in October 2020 will be opened when dates are available


2021 Examination Dates

All listed dates are currently under review for the 2021 examinations due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Please contact the Assessments Team at [email protected] if you require further details.
2021 Examinations
Examination  Date Applications Open  Applications Close
Written exams
Cycle 1
29 January 2021
1 October 2020 5:00 PM AEDT
1 November 2020
Cycle 2
9 July 2021
1 March 2021 5:00PM AEDT
1 April 2021
Oral exams
Cycle 1
23 May 2021
1 October 2020 5:00 PM AEDT
1 November 2020
Cycle 2
17 October 2021
1 March 2021 5:00PM AEDT
1 April 2021
Late applications will not be accepted.

Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) who wish to sit the FRANZCOG Written Examination and the FRANZCOG Oral Examination in the same semester must apply for both examinations by the stipulated closing date.

Examination Applications

Those seeking to apply to sit examinations can view Examination Applications for more information on the application process, and links to the online application forms.

Examination Fees

You can view the current fees under Assessment & Examination Fees on the Fees page.


Before submitting an examination application please refer to the RANZCOG Regulations to check eligibility requirements.

FRANZCOG: Written Examination Information


Examination Format

Number of questions 6 6 100
Number of marks 90 90 100
Examination duration 120 mins 120 mins 120 mins
Relative weighting 64% 36%

Two breaks will be offered during the examination. A 30 minute break will be offered after SAQ 1 and a 60 minute break will be offered after SAQ 2.

Candidates are required to sit all RANZCOG Examinations in an electronic format. Any requests for examination accommodations must be made by application for Special Consideration accompanied by evidence of the exceptional grounds for the application.

Examination Resources

For FRANZCOG written examination resources, please log in to eLearning CLIMATE


Pre-examination Workshops: FRANZCOG Written Examination Revision courses are organised by the Regional Offices. Trainees who are interested in participating at these workshops are advised to contact their local regional office.

FRANZCOG: Oral Examination Information

The examination follows an SOE (Structured Oral Examination) format: 


  • The examination comprises 10 stations developed from the fields of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Each station is scored out of 20 marks; a total of 200 marks are available in the examination
  • Stations will be scored using a global scoring method
  • Candidates are allowed four (4) minutes reading time before each station and are examined for 12 minutes at each station. 
    • Note: Previously the first station of each examination included an additional 2 minutes of interaction time. As of 2019, this additional time will no longer be provided. 


Global scoring of candidate performance

Candidate performance will be assessed according to the following domains.  A selection of these domains will be assessed within each station.

  • 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


Availability of Places

The College may limit the number of candidates accepted for the FRANZCOG Oral Examination on any occasion, acceptance being based on the following priority order:
  1. the time remaining for individual applicants to complete the requirements of the Integrated Training Program or their SIMG pathway to Fellowship as applicable; and
  2. the date and time on which applications are received by the Examinations Administrator at College House. Applications to sit the examination will only be considered where the applicant has met all eligibility requirements.
Notwithstanding the provision of this regulation, the College reserves the right to determine candidates for acceptance at examination. The decision of the College shall be final and binding. The decision of the College in this regard shall not be reviewable or subject to appeal. Applications for examinations are made on this basis, and with implicit agreement to these terms.


FRANZCOG Oral Examination Venue

The FRANZCOG Oral Examination will be held at The Royal Women’s Hospital and/or The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville Melbourne.

FRANZCOG: Oral Examination Resources

Examination Tools

A range of resources are provided to assist FRANZCOG trainees in their preparation for the College examinations.
  • The FRANZCOG curriculum  describes the knowledge and aspects of practice where competency is expected and assessed.
  • CLIMATE eLearning provides online learning support for RANZCOG trainees – access learning modules and Landmark Clinical Trials.
  • RANZCOG written examinations are delivered electronically by Pearson VUE. Trainees sitting the written examinations are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Pearson VUE examination system.

Examination Results

Those who have recently undertaken examinations can view Examination Results for instructions on how to log in and access their results.


More information

For enquiries regarding FRANZCOG examinations: 

Email: [email protected]




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