National Psychology Exam

The exemption from sitting the exam for higher degree students has been extended from 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2019. For more information see our news item.

The national psychology exam ensures a consistent professional standard of psychologists nationally. Passing the exam will be required in order to gain general registration.

The sections below provide information to assist candidates preparing for the exam and their supervisors. You can view the Guidelines for the National Psychology Examination available on the Codes, Guidelines and Policies page. 

Overview and background of the exam

Find out about the purpose of the exam including overall requirements, transition provisions and exemptions.

Content of the exam

Exam curriculum, recommended reading list and details of the exam format.

Sitting the exam

Details about eligibility, fees, applying for special consideration, what to do if you fail and what to do if you have special needs.

Frequently asked questions

Still can’t find the information you are looking for? Find it here.

Information video

This video provides information about who needs to sit the national psychology exam and what they need to do in order to become a registered psychologist.

Need to sit the National Psychology Exam?

Examination portal

As easy as...

  1. Access the Examination Portal to set up your examination account.
  2. Allow five working days to receive notice that your account has been activated.
  3. Log in to your active account to take the Practice Exam and register for the National Psychology Examination.

Please note: Exam dates may vary across the exam period, depending on your venue’s available space and hours of operation.

You can view the online schedule and book your exam only during the active registration period (see below).

2019 schedule of exams:

  • Friday 1 – Friday 22 FEBRUARY
    Exam registration period:
    Mon 10 Dec – Fri 18 Jan

  • Friday 3 – Friday 24 MAY
    Exam registration period:
    Mon 11 Mar – Fri 19 Apr

  • Friday 2 – Friday 23 AUGUST
    Exam registration period:
    Mon 10 Jun – Fri 19 Jul

  • Friday 1 – Friday 22 NOVEMBER
    Exam registration period:
    Mon 9 Sep – Fri 18 Oct


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