AKT Exam Date - 26th Apr 2023
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The MRCGP Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) is a crucial evaluation of foundational knowledge that is required for independent general practice within the UK National Health Service. It assesses candidates' ability to apply their clinical knowledge at a high level, demonstrating a level of competence that is sufficient for independent practice.
The 3 hour computer-based examination, which is administered at 150 Pearson VUE testing centres throughout the UK, is designed to challenge candidates' problem-solving skills, rather than simply testing their memory of basic facts. The exam questions are structured as follows:
After each exam, StudyPRN releases an in-depth feedback report highlighting the areas candidates found challenging and other data regarding the exam process. These feedback reports are regularly published on the StudyPRN website and should be reviewed by those planning to take the AKT exam.
The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) can be taken at any point during the ST2 or ST3 stages of training. It is offered 3 times per annum, typically in the months of January, April and October, with a maximum of 4 attempts permitted.
The choice of when to take the AKT can be a conundrum for many candidates. Some prefer to complete the AKT in ST2, freeing up their ST3 to focus on the other 2 components of the MRCGP exam: Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) and Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA). Others choose to defer the AKT to ST3, capitalising on their increased clinical exposure and improved understanding of general practice acquired through placement. However, pass rates for the AKT are comparable for both ST2 and ST3 takers, hence the decision ultimately rests on personal preference.
Our MRCGP AKT revision resource provides an extensive question bank and mock exam that reflects the curriculum. The learning materials evaluate your competency in applying knowledge, scrutinising information, and analysing evidence with a critical lens. Not only can you assess your performance by comparing your responses with your peers, but you'll also receive assistance from our MRCGP AKT Course Editor. Our resources will equip you with the necessary skills to excel in the MRCGP AKT exam.
In addition to our revision resource, it may be helpful to read the following resources:
Keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and best practices in the field by reading journals, such as the British Journal of General Practitioners and the British Medical Journal, can also be advantageous.
There are also several factors that can contribute to exam failure. These include:
It is imperative that all candidates be registered with the RCGP prior to making an application for the AKT. The application process is facilitated through the RCGP website, during a timeframe that spans approximately 5-6 days and occurs 7-8 weeks before the corresponding examination date.
Upon submitting the application, candidates can select their preferred exam centre from over 150 Pearson VUE testing facilities dispersed across the UK. To ensure availability at a nearby test centre, it is advisable to submit your application promptly. The exams are held in both the morning and afternoon, with those needing additional travel time being encouraged to opt for the afternoon session.
After each exam, StudyPRN release in-depth feedback reports highlighting areas candidates found challenging and other data regarding the exam process. These feedback reports are regularly published on the StudyPRN website and should be reviewed by those planning to take the MRCGP AKT exam. Currently, there are 3 MRCGP AKT feedback reports available:
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The MRCGP exam consists of 3 parts: the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA), Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA), and Applied Knowledge Test (AKT). Our online revision resource, which contains 1146 MCQs and EMQs, is designed specifically for the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) component of the MRCGP exam.
Our online course consists of both an extensive question bank and timed mock exam, making it suitable for those looking to enhance their AKT exam revision and GPs seeking CPD points. For those preparing for the AKT exam, we strongly advise you complete our question bank before attempting the mock exam in order to optimise your revision and have the best possible experience.
Our AKT question bank is categorised by the topics covered in the MRCGP AKT curriculum, which will allow you to identify your strengths and work on your areas for improvement before sitting the actual exam. It provides comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the following areas:
Genetics in primary care
Promoting health & preventing disease
Mental health problems
Administration, ethical & regulatory frameworks
Acutely ill people
Children & young people
ENT, oral & facial problems
Research, statistics & epidemiology
Misuse of drugs & alcohol
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