AKT preparation – podcast special

AKT special podcast

Our latest podcast is a joint RCGP and InnovAiT podcast special to help prepare you for the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam for MRCGP. Over 35 minutes we hear about successful revision techniques, processes and top tips from trainees, trainers and the RCGP deputy lead for the AKT.

Dr Laura Armitage, an ST2 in Oxford, interviews Dr Rachel Brettell, an ST2 in the Thames Valley, about revising for and sitting the exam with the extra challenge of being a new mother.
Dr Faraz Mughal, a ST3 in the West Midlands, provides learning points from his recent experience sitting the AKT.
Dr Martin Sutcliffe, an ST2 in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract VTS, interviews his training programme director, Dr John Featherstone, about his experience of the AKT in preparation for becoming a CSA examiner.

Dr Simon Glew, Brighton GP, interviews Dr Chris Elfes, RCGP deputy lead for the AKT, about how the exam is written and structured, how fairness is maintained across sittings, setting pass rates, what provisions are available for candidates with learning difficulties, the differential pass rate between International and UK graduates and his take on revision courses.

Download it either by searching for and subscribing to “SAGE General Practice” on iTunes, our main podcast page http://ino.sagepub.com/site/Podcast/Podcast.xhtml or stream it directly here.

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AKT Special Podcast

AKT special podcast

Our latest podcast is a joint RCGP and InnovAiT podcast special to help prepare you for the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam for MRCGP. Over 35 minutes we hear about successful revision techniques, processes and top tips from trainees, trainers and the RCGP deputy lead for the AKT.

Dr Laura Armitage, an ST2 in Oxford, interviews Dr Rachel Brettell, an ST2 in the Thames Valley, about revising for and sitting the exam with the extra challenge of being a new mother.
Dr Faraz Mughal, a ST3 in the West Midlands, provides learning points from his recent experience sitting the AKT.
Dr Martin Sutcliffe, an ST2 in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract VTS, interviews his training programme director, Dr John Featherstone, about his experience of the AKT in preparation for becoming a CSA examiner.

Dr Simon Glew, Brighton GP, interviews Dr Chris Elfes, RCGP deputy lead for the AKT, about how the exam is written and structured, how fairness is maintained across sittings, setting pass rates, what provisions are available for candidates with learning difficulties, the differential pass rate between International and UK graduates and his take on revision courses.

Download it either by searching for and subscribing to “SAGE General Practice” on iTunes, our main podcast page http://ino.sagepub.com/site/Podcast/Podcast.xhtml or stream it directly here.

AKT – Listen up!

AKT special podcast

Our latest podcast is a joint RCGP and InnovAiT podcast special to help prepare you for the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam for MRCGP. Over 35 minutes we hear about successful revision techniques, processes and top tips from trainees, trainers and the RCGP deputy lead for the AKT.

Dr Laura Armitage, an ST2 in Oxford, interviews Dr Rachel Brettell, an ST2 in the Thames Valley, about revising for and sitting the exam with the extra challenge of being a new mother.
Dr Faraz Mughal, a ST3 in the West Midlands, provides learning points from his recent experience sitting the AKT.
Dr Martin Sutcliffe, an ST2 in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract VTS, interviews his training programme director, Dr John Featherstone, about his experience of the AKT in preparation for becoming a CSA examiner.

Dr Simon Glew, Brighton GP, interviews Dr Chris Elfes, RCGP deputy lead for the AKT, about how the exam is written and structured, how fairness is maintained across sittings, setting pass rates, what provisions are available for candidates with learning difficulties, the differential pass rate between International and UK graduates and his take on revision courses.

Download it either by searching for and subscribing to “SAGE General Practice” on iTunes, our main podcast page http://ino.sagepub.com/site/Podcast/Podcast.xhtml or stream it directly here.

Exam preparation: try the PEP.

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This tool tests the breadth of your knowledge across a wide range of general practice topics, to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses.

PEP (Personal Education Planning) consists of 140 questions based on clinical events encountered in everyday general practice, taken from across the RCGP curriculum.

It is a formative tool which identifies and summarises areas of strength and weakness which you can use in your Personal Development Plans, providing evidence for Revalidation and CPD purposes.

In addition, it provides referenced feedback, mapped across 20 curriculum areas, which can stimulate self-learning. Because of its formative nature, this is not a ‘pass/fail’ test, although it does allow peer comparison and signpost you to useful learning resources.

PEP is particularly recommended for AiTs, GPs and other primary care practitioners who are interested in a curriculum-wide overview of their learning needs.

PEP is FREE to RCGP Members and AiTs as part of their membership package.

New learning resource for the AKT

The new Curriculum was introduced in August 2012. The AKT Core Group has prepared a new learning resource to complement the curriculum which essentially lists the topics that could be tested in the AKT.
It is not an exhaustive list and inevitably it will need to be updated but we hope that it will be helpful in defining the topics that candidates should be aware of, particularly in the areas of evidence interpretation including research, statistics and epidemiology, and organisational questions which include administrative, statutory, ethical and regulatory frameworks. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the curriculum and is not a substitute for it. It may look daunting but we would encourage trainees to read the introduction to understand its use, and there are examples to show how topics relate to the curriculum.
The curriculum link is
The AKT Content Guide can be found on the website at
As this is a new resource, we welcome feedback about its content and use to exams@rcgp.org.uk
 

Q&A – MRCGP (AKT)

Question: What do I need to take with me for the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)?

Answer: You are able to sit the AKT on three dates throughout the year at one of 150 Pearson Vue testing centres throughout the UK. It is a 3 hour computerised machine marked test consisting of 200 questions. Before you book your test date refer to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) website for further information including booking dates, fees and rules governing AKT.

Make sure you book early to ensure the session and location of your choice. Allow plenty of time to get to and park at the assessment centre on the day and consider a ‘test drive’ if you are unfamiliar with its location. When you arrive you will be required to show two forms of identification—one should be your driving licence or passport and the other needs to show your name and signature (e.g. a bank card). Ensure your forms of identification show the same name as each other and that by which you are registered with the RCGP. You will then be provided with a locker to store all your personal belongings as you are not permitted to take anything with you into the test room. Any calculation based questions will need to be answered without the use of a calculator. If you need to take essential medication with you into the assessment room, please contact the RCGP in advance. You are allowed to leave the room for water and toilet breaks but you will not be granted additional examination time for this.

If you have a question that you would like to ask an examiner about, please e-mail your question to: innovait.editorialoffice@oup.com. We will try to find you an answer and print the best questions and answers in this section of InnovAiT.

Preparing for the AKT

The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) is the main test of knowledge within the MRCGP examination. This article aims to give you ideas about how to revise for it. Hopefully, since the first day of your ST1 year, you have religiously read the British Journal of General Practice, British Medical Journal, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines and updates and this very magazine from cover to cover! Even the most driven registrar may find this difficult, so we hope to provide you with some useful pointers geared specifically towards the examination.

You should be cautious about attempting the AKT too early in your training, because with time you automatically tend to pick up the knowledge and experience you will need to improve your chances in the examination. If the AKT is taken nearer to the time of the CSA, the clinical knowledge will be fresh in your mind leaving you concentrate on your consultation skills. However, the temptation to get it out of the way at a much earlier stage in ST2 is understandable, and this is a personal choice. Do not underestimate the challenge of the AKT, which on first attempt has a similar failure rate to that of those taking the CSA for the first time.

Read the full article here.