Trainee doctors forced to resit exam after 'technical fault'

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Trainee doctors forced to resit exam after 'technical fault'

First computer-based test failed, results voided.

Trainee doctors who sat a core exam yesterday have had their results voided after a "technical fault" locked some students out of the second half of the test.

It was the first time the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)'s divisional written exam had been delivered online, managed by computer-based testing solutions provider Pearson Vue.

The medical college apologised to students for yesterday's technical error and said it had decided that all students would resit the exam - this time via pen and paper - "in order to be fair".

"We understand that some trainees have booked leave or holidays following today’s computer based test, and we are working as quickly as possible to reschedule a new exam," the RACP said in a statement.

"It is likely to be more than 24 hours before we can notify candidates of a new exam date."

The college said it had "explored all options" with Pearson Vue after the "unknown technical fault" locked a "significant" number of students out of the computer-based test and unable to complete the second part of the exam, but ultimately decided to call it off.

"The RACP is very disappointed that there has been a problem with today’s [exam], and we apologise to all trainee candidates for the distress caused," it said.

"We will of course hold a full and transparent inquiry into the causes of today’s events."

The divisional written examination tests a trainee doctor's knowledge for specialist practice in adult internal medicine or paediatrics and child health at the end of their first four years of training. It costs at least $1800.

This year was the first time the exam was delivered via a computer. The RACP previously said this solution would "provide a modern, secure, robust and reliable service for the delivery of the written examinations".

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