Sitting an exam

Overseas trained pharmacists who are not registered in Australia or New Zealand will need to sit an examination as part of their skills assessment process.

The examination that you will sit depends on the Stream you have been deemed eligible for. Further information about the Streams is available on the Am I eligible? page of our website.

  • Stream A candidates will sit the Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences examination (KAPS).
  • Stream B candidates will sit the Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacists examination (CAOP).

 

All APC examinations are delivered by computer via Pearson VUE

KAPS Examination

The KAPS examination is designed to test your knowledge of basic pharmaceutical sciences related to the current practice of pharmacy in Australia.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the KAPS examination you must have been issued a Stream A eligibility letter.

English Language Requirements

From 1 July 2015 we no longer require candidates to provide evidence of English proficiency.

This means that you will not need to provide evidence of you English language skills to be eligible to sit the KAPS examination. 

You do need to be aware that the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will require you to provide evidence of English proficiency to register as a pharmacist in Australia. Go to www.pharmacyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx to find out more about the Pharmacy Board of Australia's English requirements.

Please note that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) English language requirements have not changed.

Subject Areas

 The 4 main subject areas covered by the KAPS examination are:

 Paper 1:

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

 

Paper 2:

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Therapeutics 

 

Click here for a guide on the list of subjects that will be covered in the KAPS exam (Paper 1 and Paper 2). 

Format

The KAPS examination consists of 2 multiple-choice question (MCQ) papers covering theory and practice.

Each paper consists of 100 questions and each are of 2 hours duration. 

Each question will have a stem (a question, phrase or short paragraph) and 4 to 5 possible answers.

There is only 1 correct answer for each question.  

Question Types

Questions may either stand-alone or be associated with a patient profile.

Stand-alone questions are those questions that are self-contained.  You will be given all the information required to answer the question in the stem.   Most questions on the KAPS examination are stand-alone questions. 

Patient profile questions are 2 to 5 questions that are linked to content found in a patient record or profile.  The patient profile will provide you with basic information about the patient (eg. age, weight, allergies) and also more detailed information like a presenting complaint(s), any test results they may have and their medication history.

You should answer the patient questions within the context of the profile. The answer to a question in the profile will not be dependent upon correctly answering another question. You will be able to answer each question independently of other questions.

We have provided an online tutorial to give you the chance to see the computer software used to deliver the examination.  You can access this tutorial by clicking here. 

Further information and practice examinations

Every year we release a practice examination paper. This practice examination provides you with the opportunity to experience the type of content and format of the examination questions. The available papers are: 

2014 Practice Paper 1 and Answers

2014 Practice Paper 2 and Answers

2015 Practice Paper 1 and Answers

2015 Practice Paper 2 and Answers

For information on the KAPS pass mark and number of attempts visit our Exam results page.

 

 CAOP Examination

The CAOP examination is designed to test your ability to apply your pharmaceutical knowledge and competence to practice issues in an Australian setting.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the CAOP examination you must have been issued a Stream B eligibility letter.

Subject Areas

The CAOP examination covers the following five domains from the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2010.

  • Domain 2 – Communication, collaboration and self-management
  • Domain 4 – Review and supply prescribed medicines
  • Domain 5 – Prepare pharmaceutical products
  • Domain 6 – Delivery primary and preventative health care
  • Domain 7 – Promote and contribute to optimal use of medicines 

 

Click here for a guide on the list of subjects that will be covered in the CAOP exam.  

Format

The CAOP examination consists of one paper of 105 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and 1 short answer question.  You must complete the examination in 3 hours.

Each question will have a stem (a question, phrase or short paragraph) and 4 to 5 possible answers.

There is only 1 correct answer for each question.  

Question Types

Questions may either stand-alone or be associated with a patient profile. 

Stand-alone questions are those questions that are self-contained.  You will be given all the information required to answer the question.

Patient profile questions are 2 to 5 questions that are linked to content found in a patient record or profile.  The patient profile will provide you with basic information about the patient (eg. age, weight, allergies) and also more detailed information like a presenting complaint(s), any test results they may have and their medication history. 

Patient questions should be answered within the context of the profile. The answer to a question in the profile will not be dependent upon correctly answering another question.  You will be able to answer each question independently of other associated questions.

Every year, we release a practice examination paper.  This practice examination provides you with the opportunity to experience the type of content and format of the examination questions.  

We have provided an online tutorial to give you the chance to see the computer software used to deliver the examination. You can access this tutorial by clicking here.

Further information and practice examinations.

Every year we release a practice examination paper. This practice examination provides you with the opportunity to experience the type of content and format of the examination questions. The available papers are: 

2013 Practice Paper and Answers

2014 Practice Paper and Answers

2015 Practice Paper and Answers

Click here for information on the CAOP pass mark and number of attempts

  

What happens after I sit my examination?

After you sit your examination your paper/s will be marked and results calculated.