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The North Shore PRimary Exam Prep (PREP) Course is an intensive revision course for ANZCA trainees preparing for the primary examination. It is run as two separate components, both held twice a year.

The PREP Course is purely focused on examination practice. Participants learn as they practice answering questions, discuss answers, and perform peer-assessment. There is no didactic teaching of exam topics.

It is a requirement that participants register for the ANZCA Primary Exam corresponding to the course. If you have not done the requisite learning in the months prior, this course will be of little use to you. Prior to the course, participants will be given instructions on submitting mock SAQs with model answers.

Written PREP

A 4-day course for the written component. Participants sit mock MCQs and SAQs, with review of questions and group discussions to facilitate learning.

Participants will be required to write a small number of sample SAQs (with model answers) prior to attending the course.

A 3-day course for the viva component, held after the written exam. Participants learn by participating in practice vivas, with group discussions on content and exam technique.

The 2020 1st sitting Written PREP will be held at Smale's Farm, opposite North Shore Hospital. All other courses are held at the Whenua Pupuke Education Centre, North Shore Hospital, Takapuna, Auckland.


2020 - 1st sitting
Written PREP: 10-13 Feb 2020 (Closing date 20 Jan 2020)
Viva PREP: 30 Mar - 1 Apr 2020 (Closing date 9 Mar 2020)

2020 - 2nd sitting
Written PREP: 27-30 Jul 2020 (Closing date 6 Jul 2020)
Viva PREP: 14-16 Sep 2020 (Closing date 24 Aug 2020)


Is there accommodation nearby?
Here is a list of accommodation options: Accommodation List

What time does the course start?
0830 every morning

Where is the Whenua Pupuke building on the North Shore Hospital site?
Download map (Whenua Pupuke is adjacent to the lake, bottom right of map)

What do I need to bring to the course?
Prepared SAQ/viva answer schedule (topics to be individually advised)
Selection of pens for trial (gel pens recommended for ease and clarity of speed writing)

What is the daily schedule?
Start at 0830. On each day of the Written PREP, you will complete two complete SAQ papers under examination conditions with time allocated for feedback, and brief tutorials on exam technique. There is no teaching of exam content but there will be opportunity to submit topics for group discussion. There will be breaks for morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

What is included with the course fees?
Meals during the day, course dinner (Written PREP), answer booklets, parking fees, daily coffee orders

Is there a participant limit?
We currently have a limit of 24 for the written courses and 12 for the viva courses. The courses tend to fill quickly. Once the limit is reached, we operate a waitlist.

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