Take your exam with confidence

This page will help you prepare for exam day! It covers details relating to:

  • your identification documents (ID)
  • what to bring
  • how to manage technical interruptions.

Haven't registered yet? Learn more about registering for the KAPS exam.

Before exam day

Prepare your identification documents

You'll need to show 2 forms of identification (ID). At least one must be an acceptable form of primary ID from the list below.

Types of acceptable ID

Your IDs must:

  • be valid (not expired)
  • be original, not a photocopy or digital ID
  • be in English or be NAATI translated
  • match the name you used to register for your exam.

They must meet these requirements in order to receive your results:

ID Type


Primary ID

This ID document must be issued by your government and contain:

  • your full name
  • your date of birth (DOB)
  • a recognisable photograph
  • your signature.

Types of acceptable primary ID include:

  • international passport
  • government-issued national identity card (with a photo)
  • government-issued citizenship card (with a photo)
  • Australian or New Zealand driver’s licence.

Secondary ID

This ID document must either contain:

  • your name and signature, OR
  • your name and a recognisable photo.

Types of acceptable secondary ID include:

  • debit (ATM) card
  • credit card
  • any document on the primary ID list.

If you do not have an acceptable ID

If you do not have an acceptable primary ID from the country that you're sitting the exam in, use an international travel passport from your country of citizenship.

If you have an issue with any of your ID documents, email us at least 3 business days before the exam to request a pre-approval. For your own security, never send copies or images of your ID documents via email. Only provide in writing:

  1. all names displayed on your ID
  2. the type of ID (e.g. driver's licence, passport)

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Check what to bring to the test centre

The KAPS exam is 'closed-book'. This means you cannot have any reference materials.

You can bring...

You cannot bring...

  • Any written or reference materials
  • A wristwatch
  • A mobile phone, tablet, or any other electronic device
  • Pens or pencils

Your calculator can be scientific or standard.

  • It cannot have internet.
  • It cannot be capable of text storage.
  • It cannot have camera or video recording.

At your desk, Pearson VUE will provide:

  • an online calculator
  • a whiteboard notebook
  • an erasable marker pen.

See helpful resources for test-takers // Pearson VUE.

Study using our study pack

The KAPS exam consists of 2 papers:

  • Paper 1: Pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and physiology
  • Paper 2: Pharmaceutics and therapeutics

Our study pack covers the KAPS exam format, scoring, question content, content areas and provides sample papers to practise with.

Go to your study pack.

On exam day

  • Be well-rested and eat a meal or snack.
  • Check your IDs - you must have the correct IDs to receive your results.
  • Check your confirmation or reminder email regarding arrival time.
  • Better to arrive too early than too late. Arrive at least 30 min prior to the exam. If you arrive after the scheduled exam time, you will not be able to start your exam.

All items that are not permitted into the exam room will be placed into a locker. Ensure to turn your phone off, and check no alarms are set. You will be required to show that your phone is switched off upon arrival.

Exam structure

  • 15-minute tutorial prior to the commencement of your exam
  • 2 papers, 100 questions per paper
  • 2 hours per paper
  • 5-min survey at the end of your exam

Each paper includes 100 multiple choice questions that cover both theory and practice.

You'll have 2 hours to complete each paper, with an optional 30-60 minute scheduled break between papers 1 and 2.

An additional 15 mins is provided before you start, to familiarise yourself with the exam tutorial. There is 5 minutes at the end of the exam to complete a feedback survey.


During your scheduled break you can leave the building to:

  • access personal belongings such as your mobile phone, exam notes, and study guides
  • have your food and drink
  • study.

If you have a scheduled break, your invigilator will specify the time permitted. You will need to perform admission procedures and security checks when you return.

If you return after the break ends, you will not be given extra time to complete your exam.

What to expect in a Pearson VUE test centre

Technical interruptions

Technical interruptions can occur.

Your Invigilator will attempt to resolve technical issues in real time. If an issue cannot be resolved, the Invigilator will file a case on your behalf. This leads to one of two outcomes, depending on when the issue occurred.

  • Before the exam started: We may move you to another desk or reschedule your exam appointment.
  • At any point after the exam has started: We will reschedule your exam.

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Reschedules are actioned within 24 hours, pending availability.

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