Written Assessment

What is the Written Assessment?

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

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 short free practice test will be provided to registered candidates about a month before the assessment session.

How Much Does it Cost?


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 Are the Sessions Held?

Written Assessment sessions are normally held on the first or second week of the session month and usually on a Thursday. The actual dates are confirmed 1 month prior to the exam.

March and September Sessions (Australian and Overseas Venues)

  • Australia – Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney
  • India – New Delhi
  • New Zealand – Auckland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa – Johannesburg
  • The Philippines – Manila
  • United Arab Emirates – Dubai
  • United Kingdom – London

June and December Sessions (Australian Venues Only)

  • Australia – Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney

Registration Deadlines

Please note that applications to undertake the assessment in the above sessions will close on the following dates:

March                     1 December (previous year)

June                        1 March

September             1 June

December              1 September

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  to advise of any adjustments that may be required.

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.

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.


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.

1300 528 003 (Within Australia)
+ 61 3 7018 1499 (Outside Australia)

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