Notice of changes
The written examinations will be delivered through computer-based examinations effective semester 1, 2018 (Anatomy, Optics and Physiology) and semester 2, 2018 (Ophthalmic Pathology and RACE). The examinations will be available at Cliftons Testing Centres in Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Wellington. The Anatomy written examination and OSPE will be conducted on the same day in Sydney. There are no changes to COPEM Module 1 and Module 2 arrangements. Further information and practice exams are available on Moodle.
Online registration for the semester 1, 2018 basic examinations is now available through your trainee dashboard. The eligibility requirements for each examination are in the Trainee Progression Policy.
All examinations are available twice per calendar year. COPEM Modules
1 and 2 online examinations are available more frequently.
2018 Ophthalmic Sciences and OBCK examinations (PDF 103.1KB)
2018 Ophthalmic Pathology examinations
2018 RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examinations (RACE) (PDF 90.7KB)
The semester 1, 2018 advanced examinations (Ophthalmic Pathology and RACE) are held in major training centres in
Australia and New Zealand. While the semester 1, 2018 basic examinations (Optics and Physiology) and semester 2, 2018 advanced examinations (Ophthalmic Pathology and RACE) are available at Cliftons Testing Centres in Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Wellington. Please note that from semester 1, 2018, the Anatomy written and OSPE will be conducted on the same day in Sydney. The OBCK and RACE OSCE are run in a training hospital which is selected based on a rotating roster.
Trainees who wish to withdraw from an examination will need to advise
the College by email no later than two weeks prior to the examination
date. Withdrawal after this date will result in the forfeit of the
registration fee, unless there are extenuating circumstances which can
be supported by appropriate documentation. All withdrawals will incur an
administration fee (AU$ 100).
Special consideration may be given to trainees or Specialist
International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) when there are circumstances
beyond their control that may impact on their performance in an
examination which has been formally scheduled by the College. A trainee
or SIMG who seeks special consideration for examinations must apply to
the Censor-in-Chief in writing as soon as possible prior to the
examination, providing details of their circumstances which may warrant
special consideration. If such situations occur then candidates must
email the College education manager responsible, who will forward the
application to the Censor-in-Chief. All applications must be supported
by appropriate documentation. Please refer to the Examination Policy.
All trainee results and cohort feedback are available on Moodle
approximately six weeks after the examination, excluding OBCK (within
one week) and RACE (the Tuesday following the OSCE). Trainee results are
also communicated directly to the relevant network QEC Chair and
Director of Training.
The Board of Examiners’ decision regarding a candidate’s performance is final and shall not be subject to any form of reassessment. Candidates are not permitted to contact the examiners to discuss any aspect of their performance. Completed examination scripts will not be made available to candidates at any time.
Any person who has been directly and adversely affected by a
determination of the College that is inconsistent with an approved
policy or procedure may apply to the Chief Executive Officer to have the
determination reviewed in accordance with the Reconsideration, Review and Appeals Policy.
Please do not hesitate to contact your network QEC Chair, Director of
Training, Term Supervisor, Clinical Tutors, mentor, and the Education Team if you require support at any time. You may also refer to the College’s Employee Assistance Program for
further assistance. Unsuccessful candidates should meet with their
Director of Training or mentor to discuss results and, if eligible, to
prepare for the next sitting of the examination.
EXAMINATIONS DURING BASIC TRAINING: OPHTHALMIC SCIENCES EXAMINATIONS AND OBCK
Trainees sit the Ophthalmic Sciences (OS) and Ophthalmic Basic
Competencies and Knowledge (OBCK) examinations in their first eighteen
months of basic training. During this time they have three opportunities
to sit each examination.
- COPEM Module 1 examination – online examination
covering educational elements 1–11 of the COPEM curriculum. Trainees
must pass this online COPEM exam after selection and before training
time starts being accredited.
- COPEM Module 2 examination – online examination
covering only educational element 12 of the COPEM curriculum (i.e. only
Ocular Emergencies). Trainees must pass this online exam within the
first three months of training.
- Anatomy (practical and written examination) –
trainees are required to sit the Anatomy examination after appointment
to the training program at the next opportunity. There are no penalties
if the attempt at this examination is unsuccessful; however unsuccessful
candidates must re-sit Anatomy at the next sitting of the examination.
- Optics (written examination, three hours)
- Physiology (written examination, 2.5 hours)
- Ophthalmic Basic Competencies and Knowledge (OBCK) (practical examination, all day event)
Anatomy Trainee Notification Letter (July 2016) (PDF 104.2KB)
OBCK Trainee Notification Letter (May 2016) (PDF 105.7KB)
These subjects are examined on the basis of the curriculum standards
that set out learning outcomes, knowledge, and references. The broad
objective of these examinations is for trainees to demonstrate they
grasp the knowledge essential for safe practice, and for basic
understanding of clinical experience in ophthalmology.
EXAMINATIONS DURING ADVANCED TRAINING: OPHTHALMIC PATHOLOGY (OP) AND RANZCO ADVANCED CLINICAL EXAMINATION (RACE)
Advanced training encompasses the demonstration of integrated
clinical and surgical skills and knowledge of curriculum standards.
There are two advanced examinations:
- Ophthalmic Pathology (OP) – trainees who has passed all basic training examinations and meets the examination registration requirements are eligible to sit OP. This examination is comprised of a written paper (three hours) and the
examination of two digital histopathological slides on a computer screen
(45 minutes).The questions are based on the revised 2016 Ophthalmic Pathology
curriculum standard and are allocated according to the examination
blueprint to ensure that each section of the standard is represented. Paper 1 consists of four parts: four general OP questions in Part A,
eight clinical OP questions in Part B, 10 Genetics multiple choice
questions (MCQs) in Part C, and 10 Microbiology MCQs in Part D. Paper 2
consists of two cases with six questions each, which the candidate will
answer after examining two digital histopathological slides with the NDP viewing software.
- RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination (RACE) – advanced trainees who has commenced second year of advanced training, is not under remediation, passed OP examination, and meets the examination registration requirements are eligible to sit RACE . This examination is comprised of
two written papers (three hours each) and a two-day objective structured
clinical examination (OSCE). The questions are based on the 2014
clinical curriculum performance standards and are allocated according to
the examination blueprint to ensure that each of the standards is
represented. Each written paper consists of two parts: Part A consists of 9 Short
Essay Questions (SEQs) and Part B consists of 30 Very Short Answer
Questions (VSAQs). There are 18 OSCE stations with each clinical
curriculum performance standard examined in two stations. Each OSCE
station is allocated nine minutes, allowing a changeover of two minutes
Important RACE Information (Updated July 2015)
RACE Trainee Notification Letters (2012 - 2015)
If you have specific questions regarding College examinations, please contact Felicity Tripolone for basic examinations or Antonelle Clemente-Marquez for advanced examinations.