Written Assessment

What is the Written Assessment?

Once you have completed the Eligibility Assessment, Cultural Safety Training* and been issued with your Interim Certificate, you are eligible to apply for the Written Assessment.

* From the 15th January 2020, all candidates starting the Standard Assessment Pathway (including candidates in the FLYR stream), will be required to complete the Cultural Safety Training program.

What is Included in the Written Assessment?

The Written Assessment assesses the knowledge, problem-solving and decision-making skills required for safe and competent practice of physiotherapy in Australia.

The items in the Written Assessment are designed to assess the associated competencies identified in the Physiotherapy Practice Thresholds  published by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (the Board).

The assessment comprises two (2) papers, each with 15 cases. Each case has four (4) questions attached. The assessment is conducted online.

To assist candidates in familiarising themselves with the online format of the exam, a free practice test will be provided to registered candidates.

How Much Does it Cost?


For more information on Assessment Fees, please click here.

How Do I Apply?

You can apply for the Written Assessment via your dashboard after a successful Eligibility Assessment outcome.  For more information on the Eligibility Assessment, please click here.

Written Assessment Information Booklet

For information on the format of this assessment, the competencies being assessed, assessment content, and results, please download the Written Assessment Information Booklet.

Download the Written Assessment Information Booklet

When and Where Are the Sessions Held?

Written Assessment sessions are held four times a year – March, June, September and December. The exam is normally held on the first Thursday of the session month.

All four sessions are available to be completed by remote invigilation or in-person.

Remote invigilation – Two time zones are offered: London local time, and Perth local time.

3 March 2022

Registration Deadline 1 December

  • 9.00am Remote (London time)
  • 9.00am Remote (Perth time)
  • Melbourne venue
  • Sydney Venue

1 September 2022

Registration Deadline 1 June

  • 9.00am Remote (London time)
  • 9.00am Remote (Perth time)
  • Melbourne venue
  • Sydney Venue

2 June 2022

Registration Deadline 1 March

  • 9.00am Remote (London time)
  • 9.00am Remote (Perth time)
  • Melbourne venue
  • Sydney Venue

2 December 2021/ 1 December 2022

Registration Deadline 1 September 

  • 9.00am Remote (London time)
  • 9.00am Remote (Perth time)
  • Melbourne venue
  • Sydney Venue

What do I need to do the assessment remotely?

You will need some additional set up and technology for the remote assessment. More information about setting up and accessing the Written Assessment remotely is provided in the Remote Candidate Information Booklet, accessible here.

My location is not listed above, what do I do?

If you are not able, or do not wish, to travel to Melbourne or Sydney please select a remote assessment. All assessments start at 9am local time. Before you select a remote assessment, please ensure you are aware of what time it will be in your location.

What Score do I Need to Pass?

The Council will use a scaled score to account for the level of difficulty of each paper attempted. The scaled score reflects performance more accurately than a percentage since the percentage score doesn’t take into account the level of difficulty of an individual assessment paper.

You will receive your results expressed as the scaled score and a result (Pass or Fail), based on your overall performance. On the scale, the pass mark (cut-score) for all Council Written Assessment sessions is set at 500 for each Paper.

You will receive a ‘Pass’ if your combined result is 500 or above. You will receive a ‘Fail’ if your combined result is below 500.

More information about the use of the scaled score is found on the Written Assessment Information Booklet.

What Should I Do if I Have Special Needs?

It is your responsibility to advise the Council of any special circumstances that will affect your ability in the Written Assessment.  Please contact us at [email protected]  to advise of any adjustments that may be required.

When Do I Get My Results?

Written Assessment results will be e-mailed to candidates within 6 weeks.

What Happens When I am Successful?

Once you have passed the Written Assessment you will be able to progress to the Clinical Assessment.  You will be able to make an application for this via your dashboard at the appropriate time.

FLYR candidates are not required to complete the Clinical Assessment as long as they have been successful at the Written Assessment within 3 (three) attempts.  FLYR candidates will be issued with a Final Certificate which will meet the qualification requirement for General Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

What Happens if I am Unsuccessful?

Once results are released, you will need to wait 14 days for the Internal Review period to be concluded.  After 14 days you can apply for another Written Assessment session via your dashboard. There is no restriction on the number of times you can sit the Written Assessment, however the assessment fee is payable every time.

FLYR candidates will have a maximum of 3 (three) attempts at the Written Assessment to remain in this stream.  If a FLYR candidate takes 4 (four) or more attempts to pass the Written Assessment, they will return to the full Standard Assessment pathway and will be required to complete the Clinical Assessment.


For more information on the Written Assessment, please contact our Assessment Team.  We are looking forward to discussing your options and helping you in any way we can.


[email protected]
1300 528 003 (Within Australia)
+ 61 3 7018 1499 (Outside Australia)

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