Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook

Part 1: RACGP Entry assessments

3. Withdrawing from an assessment

Last revised: 06 May 2022

The RACGP understands that candidates may need to withdraw from an assessment in which they are enrolled. To withdraw from an assessment, candidates must email

A candidate will be withdrawn from an assessment if they no longer meet the assessment eligibility requirements – for example, because they have lost their Australian medical registration. Candidates must disclose all changes to their medical registration including any restrictions, conditions, suspensions and/or undertakings on their practice to the RACGP. Failure to do so will be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy. Candidates must disclose changes to their medical registration via email to

Enrolment fees cannot be transferred to a subsequent sitting of an assessment. Withdrawal fees may apply if a candidate withdraws from an assessment. Enrolment fees will be refunded according to the following schedule:

Date request for withdrawal is received

Fee refund

At least 48 hours before the scheduled assessment date

Full enrolment fee

Less than 48 hours before the scheduled assessment date

No refund

For withdrawals within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment date, a candidate may apply for a special exemption to the refund schedule above on the grounds on extenuating and unforeseen circumstances. The RACGP determines the special exemption application and refund amount on a case-by-case basis. Factors such as cost already incurred by the RACGP will be taken into consideration when determining this amount and for some applications a partial refund may be provided. A candidate may apply for special exemption by submitting the Special Exemption Application Form to

Extenuating and unforeseen circumstances are considered on a case by case basis, but must relate to circumstances which were unforeseen, outside the candidate’s control and which can be shown to have a direct and significant impact on the candidate’s ability to sit the scheduled assessment, including:

  1. ill-health (other than minor illnesses) with valid certificates;
  2. carer’s leave with valid certificates;
  3. bereavement;
  4. acute adverse life circumstances
  5. hospitalisation;
  6. Australian Defence Force deployment leave;
  7. Other circumstances involving significant changes to a participant’s circumstances
This event attracts CPD points and can be self recorded

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