The College appreciates that these continue to present as challenging times for all.
The Board of Education and Assessment (BEA) met on Thursday 18 February 2021 to discuss and finalise arrangements for the 2021 examinations, including dates and locations. The Board of Directors (BOD) met on 22 February 2021 and approved the BEA decisions.
In summary, all College examinations in 2021 will be held in local training jurisdictions. No candidate is required to travel either interstate or internationally to attend an examination.
The College will contact candidates in due course with specific details and examination arrangements. NB The dates remain as per the published 2021 Examination Timetable which can be found below. Please be assured that the quality and integrity of all examinations remains unchanged.
Please note: Should you have any questions that are not addressed here or you need to contact the College, please e email:
Education and Training queries firstname.lastname@example.org
Examination related queries email@example.com
2021 Examination Timetables:
Faculty of Science Timetable
NPAAC 2021 Examination Dates
When will my results be available?
For full details and key dates, please refer to the College Examinations Results Policy here
NB Candidates are encouraged to read the Policy thoroughly in order to be familiar with the process and timing of examination results.
Current government advice regarding travel to examinations for trainees and attendees
The health, safety and wellbeing of all examination attendees is paramount to the RCPA. The College will continue to monitor the situation relating to COVID-19 and will provide updated advice as soon as is practicable.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as a priority and prior to your scheduled examination.
What if I am required to self-isolate or self-quarantine in accordance with the Diagnosed persons and Close Contacts Direction?
Any candidate who is required to self-isolate or self-quarantine in accordance with the Diagnosed persons and Close Contacts Direction, must inform the College with immediate effect via email@example.com and by submitting a special consideration application with supporting evidence.
Where a candidate is unable to attend a Cliftons or other exam venue for the above reasons, the College will do its best to support the Trainee to sit the exam from their home. However, in some instances, this may not be possible based on the type of examination and if there is insufficient notice provided. Should this be the case, the Trainee will be asked to defer until 2022 without financial penalty.
I have safety concerns about attending for examinations. Has the College considered the safety of examination candidates?
The College will manage examinations in relation to the evolving situation, as per respective COVID-19 Government guidelines. To this end, the College will ensure that all approved venues have a COVID Safe Plan in place, which may include temperature checks on arrival to the exam, the availability of hand sanitiser and face masks in all venues, appropriate hygiene and social distancing where required.
What if I am sick just prior to, or on the day of the exam?
If you are unwell you will not be permitted to attend and sit for examination. Candidates meeting requirements for self-isolation or quarantine cannot attend for examination.
Candidates in this position may defer until 2022 without penalty.
All candidates presenting for examination will be required to complete and sign a Self-Declaration Form to confirm that they are fit and well to be examined.
I am scheduled to sit an oral examination. How will this work?
All oral examinations will take place via ZOOM or MS Teams from centralised and approved venues. Technical support will be available at centralised venues. Candidates will be offered mock oral exam opportunities prior to the exam.
How will the College ensure the integrity of the oral examination process?
All Candidates will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Technical support will be available at all centralised venues to support confidentiality and integrity of oral examinations.
I plan to sit an examination during my period of maternity leave
Such candidates will be required to pay a pro-rata training fee. Please contact the College to arrange this payment.
Will candidates in their final year of training be offered repeat examinations? When will the repeats be held?
Repeat examinations will be offered as specified in the Trainee Handbooks. Refer to the 2021 Pathology Examination Timetable for the dates of repeat examinations for eligible candidates.
Will there be any changes to the published examination timetable?
The College will closely monitor the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It may be necessary to make changes to our examination arrangements. Should this eventuate, the College will provide as much notice as is feasible.