What is the AMC CAT MCQ Exam?
The AMC Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) MCQ Examination is a computer-administered fully integrated multi-choice question examination delivered in one 3.5 hour session in examination centres worldwide.
The examination consists of 150 A-type MCQs (one correct response from five options)—120 scored items and 30 (non-scored) pilot items. You are expected to complete all 150 items and must complete the 120 scored items.
The AMC website provides information about the CAT MCQ exam.
An AMC CAT MCQ trial examination has been developed and based on questions from the AMC Handbook of Multiple Choice Questions.
Access to the AMC CAT MCQ trial examination from the Australian Medical Council website.
AMC Clinical Exam
So, you’ve passed your MCQ – you’ve proven to the AMC that you have sufficient medical knowledge.
What do you do next?
First let’s look at what the MCQ and Clinical Exams are trying to assess. The MCQ merely tests recall of knowledge (knows) and some questions are also designed to tests application of knowledge (knows how).
The clinical (OSCE) exam tests performance in a controlled environment (shows how). The best types of preparation are different from the MCQ; you need to actually practice doing things.
Appropriate types of preparation include: developing systems, algorithms, and checklists, reading through books that deal with case studies (some examples below) and then getting together with other doctors who are preparing for exams and use cases to actually practice doing things.
Take turns to play the candidate, the patient and the examiner. Role play the types of questions you know you will get in the real exam: breaking bad news, explaining how to use a metred dose inhaler, taking a menstrual history.
Practise, practise, practise... until you are comfortable and confident. PMCT offers tutorials and workshops to help you practise.
Visit the AMC website for information about how to apply for the clinical exam in addition to dates, fees and other relevant information.
PMCT and AMC Clinical Bridging Courses.
With the introduction of Work Place Based Assessment for IMGs in Tasmania, the need of Tasmanian based IMGs for our courses has decreased.
At this stage PMCT is not conducting Bridging Programs.
Assessment is via Workplace Based Assessment (WBA) only. Please refer to the following sites for more information about WBA
PMCT ran Clinical Bridging Courses since 2004 to assist IMGs who are attempting to pass the AMC Clinical Exam. The multi station assessment scenarios in the practice exam component and also both teaching sessions changed every course, as IMGs may attend several PMCT AMC Clinical Bridging Courses for practice prior to sitting their the AMC Clinical Examination.
For more information about education and training contact:
Role: Medical Education Advisor - Launceston General Hospital
Role: Medical Clinical Educator - North West Regional Hospital