morsels from minyin's specialisation exam guidebook:

"The examination used to be held in winter, when experienced candidates could be spotted in the centre of Sydney equipped with coats, scarves and thick woollen socks (for some reason the examination room at the University of Sydney was not heated). This problem has been solved by changing the date of the examination to March."

"In 1989 for the first time in living memory, the [exam] was postponed in Australia for 2 months because of a pilots' strike. Such events cannot be relied on to give more time for preparation."

"A pencil is provided at the test, as well as a well-used eraser. It is advisable, however, to bring a pencil sharperner, a spare soft B pencil, and a good eraser, particularly if you are indecisive."