Assessments and Examinations Candidate Handbook

Part 1: RACGP Entry assessments

4. Sitting the assessments

Last revised: 07 Apr 2022

Candidates who present at an assessment are presumed fit to sit the assessment. Marks are based solely on the performance of the candidate in the assessment, and cannot be changed based on personal circumstances surrounding the assessment.

If a candidate is unwell, or faces any other special circumstances that prevent them from presenting to an assessment or from performing in an assessment to the best of their ability, they must notify the RACGP via email to as soon as possible to discuss late withdrawal options available to them.

If a candidate suddenly becomes ill during an assessment, they must notify exam staff immediately to discuss options available to them.

Note: Presumption of fitness to sit applies to all candidates, regardless of any approved applications for special arrangements within an assessment sitting.

On the day of the assessment, it is important that candidates adhere to the following rules to ensure that delivery of the assessment runs smoothly, that no candidates are disadvantaged, and to protect the integrity of the assessment environment. Carefully read the information and ensure you understand what is expected of you. If you require any clarification, please contact the RACGP.

  1. Registration: It is recommended that candidates present for the assessment 30 minutes prior to the scheduled assessment commencement time. Candidates who present for the assessment up to 15 minutes late will be permitted to sit the assessment but they will not be given any additional assessment time. Candidates who are more than 15 minutes late will not be permitted to sit the assessment and their attempt will be forfeited.
  2. Candidates must present primary current proof of identity to assessment staff when presenting for the assessment. A primary proof of identity should be an original document and include a photograph.
    Accepted forms of proof of identity include:
    1. current Australian or foreign passport
    2. current Australian driver’s license (with photograph)
    3. proof of age or identity card issued by an Australian state or territory
    4. current Australian student identity card (with photograph)
    5. any other current Australian entitlement or identity card, issued by the Australian Government or a state or territory government, that includes a photograph of the candidate.
    If a candidates proof of identity is in a different name to the name registered with the RACGP, contact at least 48 hours in advance of the assessment date. Candidates will be required to provide evidence to support their name discrepancy, and this must be pre-approved prior to the assessment day.
  3. No items are permitted in the assessmentCandidates must present all mobile phones and other personal belongings at the point of registration. These personal belongings will be securely stored by assessment staff until the assessment concludes and candidates are released from the assessment and/or any designated quarantine areas.
    Candidates may be asked to pat themselves down (eg along the arms, legs and waistline) to show that there is nothing hidden on their body. Candidates may also be asked to empty any clothing pockets for the purposes of allowing assessment staff to verify that nothing is in them. Failure to comply with these requests will be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Candidates will be provided with appropriate materials to take notes during the assessment, and must leave all of these in the assessment room after completing the assessment.

Candidates who fail to comply with these rules will be investigated in line with the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Candidates must obey all instructions on assessment materials or given by assessment staff.

During an assessment, candidates must not:

  • smoke in the venue
  • disturb any other candidate (eg mumbling, talking)
  • communicate with or help any other candidate
  • accept assistance from any other candidate
  • look at another candidate’s computer screen or assessment paper for any purpose
  • permit any other candidate to read or copy from their computer screen or assessment paper
  • disturb the assessment proceedings in any other way.

All RACGP assessment materials are confidential. Candidates are required to maintain exam confidentiality, and to not disclose confidential information, including details of assessment questions and cases even after sitting the assessment and the release of results.

By enrolling in an assessment, candidates agree to the following rules:

  • To not disclose confidential RACGP assessment material with any peers, colleagues, external groups, companies or entities
  • To not disclose confidential RACGP assessment material on any social media platform

Any breach of these rules will be handled as per the Academic Misconduct Policy.

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