EXAMS & COURSES
The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) forms part of the MRCGP. It is a summative assessment of the knowledge base that underpins independent general practice in the United Kingdom within the context of the National Health Service. Trainees who pass this assessment will have demonstrated their competence in applying knowledge at a level which is sufficiently high for independent practice.
The test takes the form of a three hour computer-based test consisting of 200 question items. It is delivered three times a year at 150 Pearson VUE professional testing centres across the UK.
Approximately 80% of question items will be on clinical medicine, 10% on critical appraisal and evidence based clinical practice and 10% on health informatics and administrative issues.
All questions address important issues relating to UK general practice and focus mainly on higher order problem solving rather than just the simple recall of basic facts.
The CSA is a high-fidelity skills assessment based largely on the familiar and well-proven OSCE format providing an external, objective assessment of clinical skills at a standardised, pre-determined level of challenge. The validity of the CSA resides in its realistic simulation of real-life consultations. Patients are played by trained and calibrated role-players, and cases that are written and assessed by working GPs. The format of the assessment also allows for systematic sampling from the curriculum, using a selection blueprint.
Each candidate is allocated a consulting room and has 13 ten minute consultations.