This exam is the final exam which anaesthesia trainees must pass prior to gaining specialist qualification as an Anaesthetist in Australia

Detailed information can be found at ANZCA’s website

The exam information page is located here including dates and venues:

Exam Format

Section Format Duration
Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) 150 questions 150 minutes
Short-answer questions (SAQs) 15 questions 150 minutes
Medical vivas 2 vivas 15 minutes each
Anaesthesia vivas 8 vivas 15 minutes each

SIMG requirements

The ANZCA website as of 17th July 2021 states

“Specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) who are required to sit the final exam – regardless of when they were assessed – will no longer need to sit the written components; only the medical and anaesthesia viva sections.

To be eligible to sit the SIMG exam, candidates must have:

  • A satisfactory CPA report covering at least three months.
  • The most recent CPA report must be satisfactory and within 12 months of the date of sitting the exam
  • Paid all outstanding college fees and the final exam application fee (paid in full).

Candidates will need the following scores to pass the exam:

A pass in the anaesthesia viva section and
An overall score of 30 marks or more.
SIMG candidates assessed after 1 December 2018 will be allowed up to five attempts at the exam. SIMGs assessed before 1 December 2018 will continue to be allowed seven attempts.”

Conditions of entry for exams

Unlike other exams you may have completed, this ANZCA exam has some particular restrictions outlined here.

“Candidates are strictly forbidden from taking any time-keeping, electronic or audio recording devices into an exam room, including any pre-or post-exam waiting (quarantine) areas. These items include, but are not limited to:

  • Mobile phones and tablets
  • Portable computers
  • Time-keeping devices
  • Calculators
  • Wrist bands
  • Timers or alarms
  • Fitness trackers
  • Audio-recording devices
  • Notes, books, textbooks
  • Other learning materials

ANZCA is able to provide special consideration to candidates that suffer from chronic disability or suffer an adverse event due to medical or compassionate reasons

Check this link for specific details.

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