Preparing for the PSA (Prescribing Safety Assessment) can be a crucial step in your professional journey and is essential in order to progress to FY2, so it’s natural to have questions. Let’s address some frequently asked questions to ensure you’re well-informed before the big day.

1. How many times can you sit the PSA exam?

Candidates are allowed a maximum of three attempts to sit the PSA, so thoughtful planning and preparation are critical to ensure you succeed on your first attempt. Make sure to take full advantage of practice papers, eLearning and any other resources that are available to you. 

2. What are the dates for the PSA?

PSA exams are typically held multiple times throughout the year. This year’s sitting are taking place on the following days: 

Friday 2 February 2024

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Tuesday 23 April 2024  

Friday 31 May 2024

3. What’s the structure of the exam?

The PSA consists of 8 different sections, which evaluate the core skills involved in the safe and effective prescribing of medication. Make sure to be familiar with each section’s format, time constraints, and content areas. PSA Prep offers a thorough explanation of each of the 8 sections, so it’s important to familiarise yourself.

4. How are the questions scored? 

Each exam question has a set score detailed in our blog PSA Sections Explained The assessment encompasses a range of question formats, including prescription writing,  multiple-choice questions, and calculations, each carrying specific weightage. The scoring methodology considers not only factual accuracy but also your ability to apply knowledge in clinical scenarios.

5. How do I prepare for the PSA?

Effective preparation is the key to success. Make sure to set aside enough time to prepare properly before sitting the exam. Make use of your PSA account by utilising official practice papers and connect with other candidates by joining study groups to share insights and tips. Check out our other blog posts on how to best prepare for the PSA;

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6. When will I get my login?

Once you have been registered for the PSA, you’ll receive your login credentials. Make sure to keep an eye on your registered email address and that you set a password that is secure and memorable. If you encounter any issues, reach out to the PSA support team promptly to ensure a smooth experience on exam day.

Thorough preparation and understanding the logistics of the PSA are vital for success. Stay informed, manage your time wisely, and approach the exam with confidence. Best of luck on your PSA journey!

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