Insight into the Australian Exam for Pharmacists– The KAPS Exam

Sep 27, 2023 4 min read
Australian Exam for Pharmacists

Key Takeaways:

  • The KAPS exam is a crucial assessment for foreign pharmacists wanting to work in Australia, evaluating their pharmaceutical knowledge and competency.
  • The exam consists of two papers, covering various aspects of pharmaceutical sciences, with a passing score of 50% in each subsection and an overall score of 50%.
  • Passing the KAPS exam opens doors to a fulfilling career in Australian healthcare, contributing to the well-being of patients and communities.

If you are an internationally qualified pharmacist aspiring to practice in Australia, one of the essential milestones in your journey will be passing the KAPS exam (Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences). This is the Australian Examination for Pharmacists.

Administered by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC), the KAPS exam is crucial to achieving your dream of becoming a registered pharmacist in Australia. 

The exam assesses the knowledge and competency of internationally qualified pharmacists to determine if they meet the necessary standards to practice pharmacy in Australia.

This blog will explore what the KAPS exam entails, its significance, and how you can prepare for success.

  • Introduction- The KAPS Exam
  • Purpose of the KAPS Exam
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • KAPS Exam Format
    • Exam Structure
    • Exam Content
      • Paper 1
      • Paper 2
    • Exam Scoring
  • Conclusion
  • FAQs

Purpose of the KAPS Exam

The primary purpose of the KAPS exam is to ensure that foreign pharmacists possess the necessary knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective pharmaceutical care in the Australian healthcare system

It aims to assess their competence in pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy practice, and relevant regulations.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to sit for the KAPS exam, foreign pharmacists must meet specific criteria set by the APC. 

The following are the basic requirements required to apply for KAPS Exam:

  • B.Pharma/PharmD degree or provisional degree
  • Transcripts/Mark sheet (BPharm/PharmD)
  • State pharmacy council registration from home country
  • Passport
  • Work experience (optional, but beneficial)

It is essential to carefully review the APC’s website or contact them directly to confirm the latest eligibility requirements.

Also, it will take about 12 weeks to complete the eligibility check. So make sure you don’t provide the wrong documents or leave any out because then the process will take longer than usual.

KAPS Exam Format 

Here's a detailed breakdown of the KAPS exam structure for your better understanding. 

Exam Structure

The KAPS exam consists of two separate papers, both to be taken on the same day. Each paper comprises 100 multiple-choice questions covering both theoretical knowledge and practical application.

You will have two hours to complete each paper, with a scheduled 30-40 minute break between Paper 1 and Paper 2. During this break, you are allowed to leave the exam venue, access personal belongings (such as your mobile phone, exam notes, and study guides), have food and drink, and even study if you wish.

Before the exam starts, you will be given 15 minutes to familiarize yourself with the exam tutorial. At the end of the exam, there will be a 5-minute window for you to complete a feedback survey.

It’s important to manage your time efficiently during the exam, as returning late from the break means you will not receive extra time to complete the remaining part of the exam. So, be sure to adhere to the specified break time to ensure you have ample time for both papers.

Exam Content

Each KAPS exam is divided into two papers, each focusing on specific areas of pharmaceutical sciences:

Paper 1

This paper comprises 100 multiple-choice questions, with a distribution of 30% Pharmaceutical Chemistry and 70% Physiology and Pharmacology. 

The questions in this section will test your understanding of the chemical aspects of pharmaceuticals and their interactions within the human body.

Paper 2

The second paper also consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, with different emphasis. It covers 30% Pharmaceutics, which involves the study of drug formulation and delivery, and 70% Therapeutics, which delves into the application of drugs to treat various diseases and medical conditions.

Exam Scoring

To successfully pass the KAPS exam, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Obtain a minimum score of 50% in all subsections of the exam.
  • Achieve an overall mark of at least 50%.

By meeting these criteria, candidates demonstrate their competence in the pharmaceutical sciences and their ability to provide safe and effective pharmaceutical care in the Australian healthcare system.


The KAPS exam plays a vital role in maintaining high standards of pharmacy practice in Australia and safeguarding the well-being of its citizens. As foreign pharmacists endeavour to meet these requirements, thorough preparation and dedication are key to unlocking opportunities in the vibrant and rewarding landscape of Australian healthcare.

By meeting the challenges posed by the KAPS exam, foreign pharmacists gain access to a world-class healthcare system and contribute their knowledge and skills to improve the lives of patients and communities across the country. Through this examination, the Australian healthcare system continues to benefit from the diverse expertise and dedication brought in by talented pharmacists from around the world.


Q: What is the Kaps exam in Australia?

Ans: The KAPS Exam is the Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences. This exam is conducted for pharmacists who want to work in Australia.

Q: What is the pass mark for the Kaps exam?

Ans: To pass the KAPS Exam, a candidate must score at least 50% on the exam.

Q: Can an Indian pharmacist work in Australia?

Ans: Yes, an eligible pharmacist can work in Australia after passing the KAPS Exam conducted by the APC.

Q: How much PTE score is required for pharmacists in Australia?

Ans: The English language proficiency requirement for pharmacists who want to work in Australia is a minimum score of 65 overall in the PTE Academic test.

Q: What is the next step after Kaps?

Ans: After passing the KAPS Exam, apply for provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

Dr. Akram Ahmad
Dr. Akram Ahmad
about the author

Dr. Akram Ahmad is a clinical pharmacist and lecturer with over 10 years of teaching and research experience across various subjects of medicine in India, Malaysia and Australia. He is an educationist and a medpreneur with extensive knowledge of the global healthcare diaspora. Through his articles, videos and engaging sessions, he always aims to impart unexplored knowledge about the healthcare world to interested students and professionals.