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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. However due to COVID 19 implications an additional oral examination has been scheduled for each examination cycle to accommodate the number of registrations. 


2021 Examination Dates


All dates for 2021 examinations have been confirmed. Please contact the Examinations and Assessments Team at [email protected] if you require further details.

 
2021 Examinations
Examination  Date Applications Open  Applications Close
FRANZCOG
Oral exams
Cycle 2
10 October 2021
1 March 2021 Applications closed
Cycle 2 – Overflow from October 2021
5 December 2021*
1 March 2021 Applications closed
 



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.
 

2022 Examination Dates


All dates for 2022 examinations have been confirmed.   Please contact the Examinations and Assessments Team at [email protected] if you require further details.

 
2022 Examinations
Examination  Date Applications Open  Applications Close
FRANZCOG
Written exams
Cycle 1
31 January 2022
30 September 2021 2 November 2021
Cycle 2
25 July 2022
1 March 2022 31 March 2022
FRANZCOG
Oral exams
Cycle 1
27 March 2022
30 September 2021 2 November 2021
Cycle 1 
26 June 2022
4 February 2022 27 February 2022
Cycle 2
16 October 2022 
1 March 2022 31 March 2022
 
* Due to the high volume of applications and current capacity restrictions for the new online format established due to COVID-19, we will be sitting two additional oral examinations in 2021:
  • Cycle 1 –  There will be an Oral examination in April and June 2022.  To enable candidates to choose their preference for which exam they wish to sit, there will be a separate registration period in Cycle 1 of 2022 for each exam.
 
  • Online Oral Examination Prioritsation Criteria - The RANZCOG Board approved the following prioritisation criteria to be applied when applications for the online oral examination exceed the number of places available at each sitting. 
    The following is taken into consideration including Special Considerations and Exceptional Circumstances at the time of application.

    • A candidate who is subject to Progression Review Committee conditions
    • A candidate who commenced training prior to December 1, 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
    • A candidate who has less than 138 weeks of approved credited training will be selected based on the highest weeks of satsifactorily 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.
              A reserve list will be created for candidates who have registered but are unsuccessful in being allocated a position

             When completing the online registration process for an oral examination, we encourage applicants to ensure all relevant requirements are completed and submitted prior to
             the application closing date.
 

  • Cycle 2 – ** Should demand exceed October 2022 examination capacity, a forth FRANZCOG Oral Examination may be considered for December 2022 examination based on a predetermined criteria.  A separate registration period would be created for a December examination.

**No late applications will 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.
 


Eligibility


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


FRANZCOG: Written Examination Information

 

Examination Format

  SAQ 1 SAQ 2 MCQ
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

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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 10 minutes at each station. 

 

Global scoring of candidate performance

Candidate performance is assessed against the following domains within each of the stations.  

  • 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


 

Continued Support into 2021

RANZCOG acknowledges that not all eligible candidates will be able to sit the FRANZCOG Oral Examinations at the time planned and the prioritisation process will continue to cause challenges for trainees until the end of 2021. We have increased examination delivery next year and aim to clear backlogs by the end of 2021. We will continue to apply our prioritisation criteria but respond to unique circumstances of trainees on a case basis as required.
 
We wish to remind trainees that as the 2020 training year closes, due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic, eligible trainees for the oral examination who were unable to sit the examination in 2020 due to capacity limitations will not be penalised for not being able to access the examination.
 
RANZCOG’s State, Territory and New Zealand Training and Accreditation committees will continue to work with RANZCOG Training and Accreditation Committee and College staff to ensure all trainees’ situations are supported.
 
RANZCOG Regulations

 


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.
  • Preparing for Examinations Webinar: Learn skills and techniques to better prepare for and perform in examinations in this webinar facilitated by Performance Psychologist Dr Patsy Tremayne.

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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