Medical tests

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The medical tests consist of a written and an oral test taking place at the University of Copenhagen. The tests are in Danish and free of charge.

Written test

This is a 4-hour test comprising questions related to internal medicine and surgery. The level of this test corresponds to the level required of Danish medical graduates. An external examiner will judge the exam and you will obtain a score from the 7 point grading scale.

Oral test

This is a 2-hour test and you will go through a number of stations, at which you are examined in various specialities. For example, you may be asked to demonstrate life-saving skills or explain and give an account of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. The test is evaluated as pass/fail.

Registration for exams

Upon receipt and approval of your documentation for a language test in Danish, the Patient Safety Authority will notify the University of Copenhagen and you will automatically be registered to participate in the next written exam. If you do not wish to participate in this exam, you must unregister as described below. If you do not unregister within the deadline, and you do not participate in the exam, it will still be registered as one out of three attempts.
 
Once you have gained access to the KU self-service system at KUnet, you can register for the oral exam. Please note that your registration will be canceled if you do not pass the written exam, as this exam must be passed first.

The written test is held in March and September and the oral test is held in May and November. You can find information of the exact test dates and the deadline for registration etc. on the website (only in Danish) of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the University of Copenhagen 

Unregistration

You can unregister from the test one month before the test (excluding the test day). Please contact the examination office in writing or in person. If you do not unregister in time or if you fail to appear, it will count as one examination attempt. You have a total of three attempts for each test.

Notification of illness

In case of illness, you must notify the examination office as soon as possible and no later than at 9.00 on the test day. You must provide a medical certificate from your own doctor, with the doctor’s stamp and provider ID. The examination office must receive the medical certificate no later than three working days after your notification of illness. If you notify the examination office of your illness and provide a medical certificate, the test will not count as one examination attempt.

Cancellation

The Danish Patient Safety Authority may cancel the test if an insufficient number of candidates have registered for the test.

Prioritisation

If the number of candidates registered for a test exceeds the number of places, the examination office will decide who can participate in the test. Initially, half of the places will be allocated to doctors who have not participated in the specific test before and the other half will be allocated to doctors who have previously participated in the specific test. If one group has available places, it will be transferred to the other group.

The prioritisation will be based on seniority so that the foreign doctors, who have come farthest in the process of obtaining registration, will be given the highest priority. If the number of doctors trained abroad exceeds the number of places, we will make a draw.