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Written Examination

The Written Examination is a multiple choice question examination. The multiple choice questions are designed to assess a candidate's ability to use their knowledge of physiotherapy practice to respond to questions about specific scenarios involving a physiotherapist - most are based on situations in a clinical setting.

Who is approved to apply for the Written Examination?
You will be approved to apply for the Written Examination if the assessor’s evaluation of your Initial Assessment for Approval to Undertake the Written Examination identifies that:

  1. You hold a physiotherapy qualification, and
  2. You can legally practise physiotherapy without any conditions on practice in the country where the qualification was gained, and
  3. You have satisfied the Australian Physiotherapy Council English Language Requirement. See HERE


What does the Written Examination involve?
The Written Examination is the second part of the APC Assessment Process. The Written Examination uses multiple choice questions about patient case scenarios to assess the knowledge, problem-solving and decision-making skills required for safe and competent practice of physiotherapy in the Australian context.

The Written Examination is held at many venues around the world. There are two Written Examination sessions each year in March and September 2012.

The next available written exam is in March 2013.

If you wish to apply to sit for the written examination in March 2013 an Initial Application and all the required documentation needs to be submitted to the Australian Physiotherapy Council before the 23 November 2012.

The content and format of the Written Examination highlights issues related to first practitioner contact, responsibility for decisions regarding patient care, and clinical reasoning required for present day clinical practice in Australia at the level required to qualify for General Registration - this reflects the Australian Standards for Physiotherapy.