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Exam preparation: Overview

This guide contains resources provided by the ANZCA library to support your exam preparation. Titles hyperlinked in crimson, can be accessed by clicking the heading. Titles without a hyperlink are hardcopy resources only and can be requested via the discovery service using the REQUEST PRINT LOAN link. Access and request items from the complete hardcopy list here.

What to expect from the guide

The guide has been structured into several sections, each focussing on a particular type of exam preparation text.

  • Overview - includes information on the acronyms used
  • General exam help - texts designed to help you better prepare for your exams
  • Written exams - general - texts with a specific anaesthesia exam focus
  • Written exams - MCQs - texts with a specific multiple choice question (MCQ) focus
  • Written exams - SAQs - texts with a specific short answer question (SAQ) focus
  • Vivas (Oral & clinical exams) - texts with a specific viva/oral focus
  • Pain & intensive care medicine - texts with a specific pain and/or critical care focus
  • Journals - information on journals (including BJA Education) contained exam-related prep content and how it can be accessed

Looking for the Primary Exam (PEx) Recommended reading list? Access the Primary Exam (PEx) guide.

Looking for a comprehensive list anaesthesia training and exam resources? See the the Anaesthesia training resources guide

Want to test your knowledge/access BJA Education online exam content? Check out our Self-assessment Tools guide.


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Find out more

For more information, visit the Anaesthesia exams and Pain Medicine exams websites. Additional resources (including information on the exam preparation courses, can be found on the Educational courses and resources webpage.

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